Review: Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

Title: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: R.S. Grey

Pub Date: February 1, 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Our thoughts...

Gardens ~ Lenses~ Angels~ Happy middles

I rarely read outside of my usual genre without a strong recommendation from a friend. Let me say how happy I am that I read Chasing Spring, I was intrigued from the very first page and my attention was held all the way to the last one.

I loved Chase. I loved him and no one could see how beautifully pure the feeling was. They were too consumed by the juxtaposition of what “was: and what “should be”. To them, I wasn’t even worthy of being a star-crossed Capulet to his Montague-I was more the serving wench that must have slipped a love potion into Romeo’s stew, I’d stolen him right out from beneath Juliet.

While reading it I felt like there was a little bit of me in Lilah’s character; her strength, her insecurities along with her misplaced blame of circumstances that were out of her control. The ability to see parts of myself while reading, whether or not they were the good parts or bad, made me feel even more vested in the story and hoping for a happy middle.

I wasn’t sure who fell asleep first, but I woke up in the middle of the night with her hand on my chest and my heart in her palm. With her and Harvey in bed with me, it felt like I had everything I ever wanted, even if it was just for a moment.

Chase with all of his strength and patience truly is Lilah's angel. His ability to look beyond his heartbreak, to love when others would have only been able to see the damage that left behind. While reading his part of the story I couldn’t help but think of the kids I went to school with, the struggles that some of them had, the ones who seemed to have everything. It made me wonder what lies are buried in my small town, that I never noticed.

The night before, I’d almost knocked to ask him if he missed his mom as much as I missed mine, but that hallway was blocked with the barbed wired of our past and I couldn’t conjure the courage to step over them.

All in all, I enjoyed this story. I don’t know if  R.S. Grey plans to ever write a follow up for Lilah and Chase but I would love to read more about their happy middle and end (hopefully).

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