Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 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 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.
Chasing Spring was a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching story about Chase and Lilah, who were best friends reunited by a tragedy.
Two years later, Lilah came back to Blackwater a town that she wanted to run away from. From the best friend of the popular boy in highschool to the closed up, recluse girl, she changed a lot and that wasn’t for the better.
In a few years, Chase was seeing his best friend throwing everything away, broken and completely damaged. When he had to live in her family because of his father’s issues, he saw the despair and pain. How could he help her? Is it too late?
Chase and Lilah were inseparable, but the damage was done. Their strong bond shattered into pieces. She wasn’t feel worthy of him, she felt like a paria, all the town knew all the dirtiest secrets of her family, the daughter of an addict. The only thing that brought closer to her was their passion for gardening. She was deeply affected and wanted to forget, to turn everything down in her head. Learning about everyone secret’s was her little secret, comforting her idea about how people could be as damaged or hiding secrets.
In her darkness, Chase wanted to show her hope. He was utterly in love with that girl he knew for so long. There were a lot of tension between them, animosity for everything that happened, where they were a collateral damage. They were both fighting in a different way. Chase won me over, after all they went through, he was trying to save her. For a popular jock, he wasn’t acting like one. Always on Lilah’s side, she was still his priority.
There was a very mature tone, mixing with innocence, something that they’ve been withdrawn from. At almost eighteen, they had experienced so much. I smiled, I suffered with them. There was so many feelings, from joy to pain, written with such sincerity and intensity.
You got me here, R.S. Grey, I read it in one sitting. Chase and Lilah moved me. A beautiful story about second chances, loss and hope.
** My rating **