New Release and My Review: Chasing Spring by R. S. Grey

New Release and My Review:  Chasing Spring by R. S. GreyChasing Spring by R. S. Grey
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis

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.

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

Chasing Spring is a YA novel by R. S. Grey.

“…my very first photo wasn’t taken to uncover other people’s secrets, it was to acknowledge my own.”

Lilah and Chase were always close. Their mom’s were best friends growing up, inseparable, and this set the stage for the close relationship their children would have, as well as the ominous connection that would threaten to ruin all of their lives.

“I’d never asked him to take me to the gray. I was perfectly happy living in the black.”

Told in multiple points of view over time, Chasing Spring was a story of tragedy, hope, and rebuilding.  It also had a black lining of taboo nature that encircled every page.  I have read all of Author R. S. Grey’s books, and would say that Chasing Spring is the most unique of her collection.  Outside of it being a YA novel, it also had a more serous tone and feel that allowed for feelings of desperation and need.

Lilah was a conundrum, her own puzzle that she couldn’t find all the pieces for, nor could she put together. There was so much sadness surrounding her. At times I became so angry with her because she was unable to see her own worth.  But, as I continued to read and then digested the story, I felt nothing for her but sympathy. She had suffered so much and could not allow the light in to show her worth.

The relationship between Lilah and Chase was a bit confusing at times. There was so much uncertainty and things that were misunderstood. However, there was a point of clarity that became the catalyst for growth.  They had s story to tell, secrets to share, love to find, and life to live.  So happy to have read this passionate story.

“I gardened because I was obsessed with finding beauty in the dirt.”

 

4 Stars

About R. S. Grey

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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