Series: Chasing Nikki #1
Published by Moonstruck Media on February 27 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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"Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.
Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.
Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough?"
This was probably one of the first kindle freebie books that I “purchased” on my kindle almost a year ago. I kind of forgot about it, until I picked out my books for the TBR Reading Challenge. I have mixed feelings about this one, so bear with me.
You know those books you read where, the content is.. touchy (for lack of a better word) and you don’t WANT to like it, yet it’s written SO WELL that you do? This is the opposite. This book is heartbreaking, emotional and the premise of it is SO GOOD but the execution wasn’t the best and the writing for the most part, was just.. bleh.
One thing is for sure, Weatherford knows how to grip you with heartbreaking, tear jerking material. I felt SO BAD for the things that had happened to Chase. Though the material is there, I was interest but not invested. The story takes place over about 8 months time and the pacing of it was just off. It went from Spring to Fall within one chapter, with not much elaboration of anything that happened in-between. Which normally isn’t that big of an issue, but since we are supposed to be seeing Chase cope and watch his and Nikki’s relationship build, I felt disconnected. I was being TOLD about their feelings vs seeing it or really feeling it. And that really bothers me. The dialog was WAY to juvenile. Pretty much everyone acted like they were in middle school vs high school. Except when it was time to make out– Chase is a damn horn dog. I didn’t really buy the relationships between the teens and the parents. I get having a “cool” parent, but not everyone is that cool. All the “grown ups” had the same voice as the teens. The mother’s sounded like Nikki and the men sounded like Chase. It was like they were talking to themselves.
Chase is a like-able guy. After his dad died he chose the wrong means to cope and struggles with this even after quitting.. He’s funny (sometimes), stubborn and determined. Once his mind is set on something, he goes for it. He loves with all he has and more often than not, my heart ached for him. But, again, he comes off too juvenile and too sexual at the same time. He is SO determined to get Nikki to sleep with him, it seemed that for a while at least, that was his only goal. His character just seemed….inconsistent. Nikki, on the other hand, is his opposite, she’s sweet, kind and funny. She really cares for him, you can see that and helps Chase with his grief and addictions. Their relationship was cute. I can’t really explain it better than that.
At about 70% in, there is a drastic turn of events that just.. broke me. I’d hate to admit that this was the best part, but it was. THIS is where Weatherfords writing soars. The way everything unfolds, how chase handled it, the support he got from his friends and family. It’s just.. gah!
Overall~ I did like this. This is a beautiful story of hope, grief and love. I just wasn’t that connected for the first part of the book. I will read the next one, Finding Chase, because I want to know where he’s at NOW.
This book was read towards my goal for the TBR Reading Challenge hosted by Evie @ Bookish
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