Monday, February 1, 2016

Release Day Review: Chasing Spring by R. S. Grey

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved. 

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

Natasha’s Experience:
I knew going into this book that I would fall in love with CHASING SPRING, I just didn’t know I would fall this hard. This YA contemporary is secretive, surprisingly thrilling, and complex. I loved how there were equal parts darkness and light to the story line, and to the characters.

“It wasn’t fair that everyone knew my secrets but I didn’t know theirs. The scales were tipped in their favor, and since I couldn’t erase the secrets on my side, it was time to starting weighing down theirs.”

Lilah leaves the town she called home because of a tragic accident that she doesn’t want to deal with. The pain that came from said accident is enough to fill her with rage – she’s a firecracker and she’s ruthless. Sometimes dealing with a situation that hurt you is almost too much to bear; for Lilah, it’s easier to focus on everything but the sadness that lives inside of her. But after being away from her family, and Chase, her childhood best friend, for a year and being forced to return to everyone and everything she swore she’d never see again, dealing with her past becomes unavoidable.

“I wanted to go back to before, when no one could hurt me and I kept everyone at arm’s length. Maybe I hadn’t been happy, but at least I was safe, content, constant.”

Just to give you a tiny visual of my reading experience: enter me, sitting on a plane casually reading to then casually crying over this story. I was absolutely not expecting to cry, but I did, and I was a sniffling mess surrounded by strangers. Not my finest moment, but sometimes books do that to you and when they do, you know you’re in deep.

“Does the ending even matter? Shouldn’t the middle be the happy part? It’s the biggest chunk of our life, and yet no one ever asks if two people had a happy middle. They care too much about the ending.”

CHASING SPRING tells the tale of Lilah and Chase who are both almost forced to grow up when tragedy strikes. There is romance, grief, harsh realities and the occasional douse of humor – because it wouldn’t be an R.S. Grey novel without a tinge of laughter. At times, their lives may seem cliché, but the story buried between the pages/lines/words is teeming with a lingering sadness that echoes. Grey’s writing is superb; I could feel her passion for this story until the very end. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves reading YA contemporaries that stick with you long after you've finished the story.

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I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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