Grit by Gillian French

Grit

His presence beside me is like heat, like weight, something I’ve carried around on my back too long.It’s summer in rural Maine; when seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn’t raking berries with her sister, Mags, and cousin, Nell, during the day, she’s drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry by night. She knows how to have a good time, just like anyone else, but wh...

Title:Grit
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ISBN:0062642553
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:304 pages

Grit Reviews

  • Allison

    Just..... innumerable heart-eyes.

    RTC

  • Kristin

    Loved loved loved this book! Definitely one of the best YA's I've come across (and I've come across a lot)!

  • Lori (Pure Imagination)

    I don’t read many thrillers or mysteries and Grit by Gillian French made me ask myself why. This book was pretty amazing. I was hooked from the first page until the last.

    Grit is a small town story. I’ve lived in a small town my whole life and I can attest that Gillian French captured the suffocating feeling of a small town perfectly. Grit is full of atmosphere. You can almost feel the dusty heat and hear the whispered gossip as you’re reading. The setting and descriptions were one of my favorite

    I don’t read many thrillers or mysteries and Grit by Gillian French made me ask myself why. This book was pretty amazing. I was hooked from the first page until the last.

    Grit is a small town story. I’ve lived in a small town my whole life and I can attest that Gillian French captured the suffocating feeling of a small town perfectly. Grit is full of atmosphere. You can almost feel the dusty heat and hear the whispered gossip as you’re reading. The setting and descriptions were one of my favorite parts of the story.

    Darcy was a hard character, but I liked her. She made bad decisions and did reckless things but her heart was always in the right place. She cared so much about her family. I really loved their dynamic. She lived with her mother and her sister and her aunt and cousin lived next door. They were all close but they didn’t always get along, or even like each other. It felt very realistic.

    Grit takes on a lot. There’s two different mysteries that are somehow interwoven. There’s Darcy’s budding romance and her reputation as a slut. The story deftly handles some really tough issues like rape and slut shaming. For such a small book it had a lot going on, but it was never too much. Everything was executed so well.

    I was really left guessing throughout the book. I usually unravel a mystery before it’s revealed, but I didn’t with this one. I had no idea how everything was going to turn out. I also really liked that the story had an eerie feeling throughout the book. It added some much more to the story.

    Grit was a captivating debut. I highly recommend it. Make sure you have a lot of time to spare before you start it because you won’t want to put it down.

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  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a contemporary story about a girl whose ex-best friend had gone missing the year previously.

    Darcy was an okay character, and I thought it was really unfair the slut-shaming she had gone through. Everyone seemed to think that she was sex mad, which wasn’t the ca

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a contemporary story about a girl whose ex-best friend had gone missing the year previously.

    Darcy was an okay character, and I thought it was really unfair the slut-shaming she had gone through. Everyone seemed to think that she was sex mad, which wasn’t the case at all, and she even got turned down for a job because of it!

    The storyline in this was about Darcy working picking blueberries over the summer with her sister and cousin, and there was also a storyline about her ex-best friend Rhiannon going missing the previous summer. The mystery in this was very low key though, with a lot more emphasis on Darcy’s day-to-day life, and her reputation than what had really happened to Rhiannon. We did get a bit of romance, and a storyline about Darcy being nominated for Bay Festival Princess, as well as a bit of a competition going on to see who could pick the most blueberries, but it all felt a bit like people picking on Darcy.

    The ending to this tied things up pretty well, and I was pleased that at least part of the mystery was solved.

    6.5 out of 10

  • Cindy

    Wow! Grit is a story most people want to sweep under the rug. Kudos to Gillian French for writing about it.

    There are many things going on in this novel but the underling issue is still in the forefront. Darcy is the main character who you can't help but love. She is who she is and she owns it. She has so much love for her cousin who is in special education classes that she will do anything for her........until she can't any more.

    I really loved this book. The true, raw emotion, the feeling that

    Wow! Grit is a story most people want to sweep under the rug. Kudos to Gillian French for writing about it.

    There are many things going on in this novel but the underling issue is still in the forefront. Darcy is the main character who you can't help but love. She is who she is and she owns it. She has so much love for her cousin who is in special education classes that she will do anything for her........until she can't any more.

    I really loved this book. The true, raw emotion, the feeling that this was real, because we all know it happens, the love of three cousins and the one guy who just might be a good guy and not a creep.

  • Teresa

    Loved this book....once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. What I loved most about this story was the ties and relationships between the Prentiss family; Darcy, Mags, their mother, aunt and the innocent Nell. All these women are dealing with some sort of sorrow in their life and it makes them all act out in different ways...I found their relationships to be the most intriguing. BUT.....I can't forget the relationship between Jesse and Darcy...that was pretty special as well.

    A wonderful, gri

    Loved this book....once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. What I loved most about this story was the ties and relationships between the Prentiss family; Darcy, Mags, their mother, aunt and the innocent Nell. All these women are dealing with some sort of sorrow in their life and it makes them all act out in different ways...I found their relationships to be the most intriguing. BUT.....I can't forget the relationship between Jesse and Darcy...that was pretty special as well.

    A wonderful, gripping debut novel that has me excited to see what Gillian French will come out with next.

    Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!

  • Nicka (Read by Nicka)

    1.5 stars!

    I want to thank HarperCollins International for sending an egalley of this book!

    I was buddy reading this with my friend Jayvee but unfortunately us being a bit critical about “observing” how the book was things turned out to be the least we expected it to be. I was so excited to receive a copy of this book because when I saw the synopsis of it at Goodreads I found it very interesting and promising also the positive reviews made me want to read it more. So that’s why we gave this book I

    1.5 stars!

    I want to thank HarperCollins International for sending an egalley of this book!

    I was buddy reading this with my friend Jayvee but unfortunately us being a bit critical about “observing” how the book was things turned out to be the least we expected it to be. I was so excited to receive a copy of this book because when I saw the synopsis of it at Goodreads I found it very interesting and promising also the positive reviews made me want to read it more. So that’s why we gave this book I try.

    Grit was a disappointment for me. The plot was all over the place, there were too many things happening that I, the reader can’t focus on one thing then there will be another element of the story suddenly appears out of nowhere and to make it worse some of those weren’t even introduced properly. The progress of the book was VERY SLOW I was in the middle of the book and still nothing exciting was happening. I thought it was about this missing girl, the harvesting contest, the pageant then there’s issues about the characters that weren’t clearly explained and the romance OH MY GOD. I didn’t feel any kilig or something. I feel that the romance in this book isn’t really necessary and also some of the characters.

    There was also a hint of racism found in this book. You are warned!

    Side note, the book ended on the different side of it, it’s like the first part of the story didn’t happen at all. I was like, “Where did this came from?” The author kept throwing unnecessary plots. Wish the author could’ve focused on a main plot so that there will be a main storyline to follow and things could’ve pick up in that way.

    I gave this book 2 stars because I appreciate the effort of the author in writing this book and I liked how quick I was able to read this, it didn’t made me feel that I had to stop reading it. But still…. I was rooting for it!

  • Muggleboooks

    Primarily, this book disappointed me.

    The book was a bit different than what I thought. I expected conflicting mysteries, some sort of character insanities and mind-blowing twists and turns.

    Instead of having read those, the author just showcased the daily life of the main character. The story revolved around Darcy's journey, her continuous mention about the thing that happened on the fourth of July, the sudden disappearance of her former best friend, the problems that she's currently facing and

    Primarily, this book disappointed me.

    The book was a bit different than what I thought. I expected conflicting mysteries, some sort of character insanities and mind-blowing twists and turns.

    Instead of having read those, the author just showcased the daily life of the main character. The story revolved around Darcy's journey, her continuous mention about the thing that happened on the fourth of July, the sudden disappearance of her former best friend, the problems that she's currently facing and their preparation for the beauty pageant. Speaking of, I still don't understand the part that the pageant played, what's its concern, why is there a need to make a storyline with a pageant or what message it's trying to convey.

    I don't understand a lot of things. The story focused on too many activities at once. Turning the pages, I kept on waiting to be exposed to the real mystery, with hopes of finally reading a surprise revelation. So much is going on with the plot. I struggled looking for the main point of the story.

    I admired Darcy Prentiss' character, she's a strong girl who gives importance to her family. A girl full of determination. Someone who doesn't care about what other people say to her. I liked how she handled all the issues about her, the slut-shaming and all. She managed to force a smile and laugh at the insults. I guess I focused more on this kind of real-life issues (sexual assaults) than the mysteries.

    Aside from the characters' strong voice, what kept me reading this novel is the writing style of the author. French was able to use figures of speech that sometimes I tend to forget that the confusing plot is pissing me off. I appreciated her style.

    Altogether, I think Grit has a lot of potential, and it would be an okay read if the plot wasn't as busy as it was. Just some cleaning up will do.

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