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.
This is the story about a boy and a girl. However, it’s not just any story, because it’s not like this boy and girl are meeting for the first time at a coffee shop or at school function. These two have history. Their lives are intertwined with the others, that there’s no shaking that other person.
Lilah Calloway and Chase Matthews are seniors in high school and, for only being seniors in high school, they have a hell of a lot of baggage and history. Their story goes as far back to before they were even born, and that is something I loved about this story. I loved how their story starts, how it doesn’t even start with them, and how complex it all becomes.
Chasing Spring was a story that I very much enjoyed reading, but it also made me incredibly sad. Half the time, it feels like Chase and Lilah are in a forbidden love story and when you’re reading, it feels like nothing can possibly work out for them, especially the deeper you delve into the story- but that was just one aspect of this story I enjoyed.
I loved that this novel was heart-breakingly beautiful. I loved that it was so raw and didn’t hold anything back. Chase and Lilah’s past wasn’t sugar-coated and I appreciated everything about that. I went into this story not knowing what to expect, but it definitely surpassed any expectations I may have had. I was pretty much glued to my ARC, trying to figure out where the hell their story was going, and how the heck everything was going to resolve itself.
Chase and Lilah were so incredibly different, on the surface, but internally they shared so many things. Throughout the story you see them both do a lot of growing up, but you really see this in Lilah’s character. Her journey was incredible and awe-inspiring to read- no matter the mistakes she made along the way.
I love how imperfect Chase and Lilah are.
Chasing Spring isn’t about two perfect teenagers who have everything figured out and act without reason. Everything Chase and Lilah go through during the novel stems from their shared history and gritty past.
“What is that history?,” you ask.
Well, pre-order the book and you’ll find out tomorrow. 😉
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.