I Liked It!
Chasing Spring is unlike any other book R.S. Grey has ever written, so I was a little worried about how I would feel about this book, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised with how this book played out!
Chase and Lilah were best friends growing up, inseparable, until something happened two years ago that made Lilah leave town and Chase left without her. When Lilah is forced to come back, she’s a different person, and the one person she doesn’t want to be around is Chase, but fate has other ideas.
Throughout this story we get to see the story of Chase and Lilah, as well as their mom’s Hannah and Elaine. Seeing some background from their mom’s and seeing what pulled Lilah away, was amazing and heartbreaking all at once. Getting Elaine’s point of view in this book helped understand decisions that were made and even though I didn’t agree with them, you know she loved Lilah.
Chase and Lilah both handled what happened differently. Chase decided to move forward and live in the present, while Lilah closed herself off, and became isolated, only thinking of how events of the past would affect the future. Lilah fought Chase tooth and nail every time he tried to bring her around, but in the end Chase won. For an 18 year old, Chase’s character was very mature, and I think a lot of us can learn from him. He stepped up when his father wasn’t able to, and he helped bring Lilah back to her old self when no one was able to.
Lilah’s character is extremely closed off and at times I wanted to strangle her and be like “Look at all these people who love you and want you in their lives!”. It took a lot of things in this book for Lilah to learn to accept the past and learn to move forward. She’s young but has been through so much and it shows while reading this story. My heart went out for her and I wanted her to be able to move forward with her life, but it didn’t happen over night, with the help of her dad and Chase she was finally able to move forward and learn to live again.
This book is a “mature” YA story. It deals with some heavy issues, and I really enjoyed watching Chase and Lilah become adults throughout this story, and handle the situations better than they did two years ago. I really enjoyed this surprise read by R.S. Grey and even though I wish we would get more of Chase and Lilah, I loved how the story ended and how the readers are able to come to their own conclusions of what happens next for these two amazingly written characters. If you’re looking for something different, I highly suggest one-clicking your copy of Chasing Spring today!