Young Adult/Children

Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

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It has been a while since I read a book in the young adult section and this was a good example of a well written one. The evocative style of the author’s narration is probably the highlight of the entire tale. The words are meant to make you hear your favourite music or at the least see colours.

The story is of two slightly annoying but sad almost adults ( they are not yet eighteen and still in school but on the brink of making decisions with regards to college) who are bonded by their love of an old Irish rock band and the fact that they are effectively misfits. The most crazed ideas are put forth into action by the two, each with a single goal in mind, to reunite the band. Both are nursing a heartache of different proportions. Each of these plans do not go the way they think it would and sense prevails at some point. I teared up a couple of times towards the end. The emotions of our leading lady Ivy continuously change over the course of her learning curve in this book and I liked the fact that things did not unrealistically just go their way but at the same time, there was a way to make peace with their reality.

During the reading of the book, I felt engrossed in their life and considered it an almost five-star read. On contemplation after, as I write this, I can see things that should have bothered me then. This I think is a complement to the writing itself!

I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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