Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Young Adult
# of pages: 306
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: February 1, 2016
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 wanted to love this book, but for some reason I just couldn’t connect with it the way I wanted to. I became a fan of R.S. Grey last year and loved the witty and entertaining way she told her stories. While her writing was excellent in Chasing Spring, I struggled to connect with the characters she has created. Lilah and Chase are the two main characters, and their lives have been intertwined since before they were born. Their mothers had been best friends for years but Lilah’s mother couldn’t escape her demons which resulted in heartache for both Lilah and Chase. I enjoyed the flashbacks that Grey used to explain the relationship between not only the two mothers, but the two families.
I think the biggest issue I had with the story was the lack of chemistry between Lilah and Chase. Despite the history being between the characters I just couldn’t feel the depth of emotion that I really think this story needed. I know this is a YA novel so I wasn’t expecting any hot and heavy sex scenes but I just felt like the romance between the two needed more. It felt as though scenes were missing from the story.
Regardless of the issues I had with this story I still enjoyed reading it. R.S. Grey does some beautiful writing and I found myself writing quotes down fairly frequently throughout the novel. I would definitely be interested to see where these two characters end up. The ending was abrupt and while they overcame their history I’m curious to see what the future brings for these two.