Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey was my first adventure into the New Adult genre. And while I’m a huge fan of romantic comedy tv & movies, I’ve never really read romance. So this book was new territory, and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.
Chasing Spring is about a girl named Lilah who is brought back to her home town 6 months before she graduates high school, and surprise, her former best friend Chase is now living with her and her father.
Lilah has been living in Austin with her aunt after a tragic event rips her life apart. To cope she chops off all her hair, dyes it black, and decides to pretty much say FUCK IT to everything and everyone. She’s a complicated character that at first seems childish and selfish, but as the story develops and you see what this girl has endured her whole life, it all starts to make sense.
While Chase has his own issues to deal with, he really is the beacon of light throughout the story. He might seem like the typical jock on the outside, but he’s friendly and loving to everyone he knows. He’s the “golden boy” of the school, and yet he pines for his best friend who is now stuck in the darkness.
Chasing Spring surprised the hell out of me with moments that made me laugh out loud, cringe, and even tear up. I know there were parts of Lilah and Chase’s family drama that were relatable to me, and I’m sure other readers will agree. I didn’t expect to deal with such heavy issues in a novel about high school seniors, but everything felt real and possible. These are things people deal with every day, and while some people can be like Chase and go out into the world with a positive point of view, there are many people that will relate to Lilah’s depression and grief.
If you’re a fan of Friday Night Lights I really think you’ll enjoy this, because we all know that show was minimally about football and a lot about life in a small town that’s full of rumors, secrets, and pretty much having everyone up in your business.
While at times this book feels so tragic, it’s never without a glimpse of hope. And that hope grows more and more with each page as you root for this two people to find the happiness together that they once shared.
Thanks so much to R.S. Grey for sending me an ARC in exchange for a fair review. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
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.
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