Chasing Spring Review

Thursday, March 17, 2016

I've always loved reading and back in the day I used to read a ton. Although the last couple of years I've mostly stuck to textbooks and the occasional non-fiction, this week was my spring break, so I thought I would dip my toe into reading novels again. I'm both a Amazon Prime member and a Kindle owner, so while I was picking my free book and book to borrow for the month, the book that immediately caught my attention was Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey. While the description was vague, the cover was beautiful, so I decided to pick it up. I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this book!

Even though this book was YA, it had a surprising amount of depth in its storyline. I don't want to give too much away, but Lilah and Chase (the two main characters) both have their own demons to conquer and secrets to hide. Although the book switched between the two perspectives, Lilah was a much more believable character. The way Grey conveyed her emotions made them feel much more real to me and made sense when you know your background. Chase, on the other hand, didn't feel as dimensional and his emotions fell flat, even though someone in his shoes would be feeling a whole range of feelings. I don't know if Grey was trying to make a point about the way guys are sometimes expected to repress their emotions more than girls, but when you're actually in the character's head, that wouldn't apply. The plot also wasn't as fluid as it could have been, but there weren't any major holes to bother me.

Overall, while this book definitely isn't going on my "best books ever" list, I do think it was worth my time and if you like YA, you'll probably like this book. It's definitely not a light read, since there are some dark themes, but it's not difficult to read either. If I had to compare it to something, I would say it's pretty close to The Fault In Our Stars: emotionally painful (in a good way), but not painful to read. (Although it's really nothing like TFIOS.) I wouldn't call it a beach read, but I do think it would be perfect for a long flight.

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