24 April 2012

Book Review: Chasing Nikki

Book Details
Author: Lacey Weatherford
File Size: 389 KB
Publisher: Moonstruck Media (February 27, 2012)

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? 

Rating: 4/5

Reading reviews from fellow bloggers made me want to read Chasing Nikki first. So despite the fact that it was just newly added to my Kindle, I made it my priority read. I was expecting myself to cry, and be heartbroken by the end of the book – after all, everybody seemed to be talking about placing a box of tissue right beside them.

Well, I didn’t cry. So I gave it a 4 instead.

The death of his father had changed the used-to-be-a-good-boy Chase. Now, he was doing drugs and booze. When Chase’s mom finally had it with him and his bad boy ways, she decided that they should go to her parents’ place and stay there for a while. Chase didn’t like the idea one bit – until he met Nikki. Now, the quarterback football player who lives and breathes a stained reputation had his jaw dropped for Nikki, a sweet cheerleader. The only problem is that: Nikki doesn’t date football players. Her refusal to give him a chance made him want her more. When he knew the reason behind her refusal and her inability to trust a jock like him, his determination grew to win Nikki and prove to her that he was different that he was a changed person.

Every character in this book has their important roles. I love the moms – both of them care for their children, despite the fact that the two of them lost their husbands. The twins Brittany and Brett served as very good friends to Nikki and Chase. I also adore Chase’s grandparents. They support him at the same time understand the phase that he is going through.

Another thing that I loved in this book is that it is written from a boy’s POV. Indeed, a plus factor. I like seeing the love in his eyes – which made the whole book much intense and more real.

For those people who loves HEA – sorry to tell you, but this book is void with it. The ending isn’t bad. If you pay attention to other reviews, it would recommend you to prepare a box of Kleenex and be prepared for the big blow at the end of the story. The end part was perfect to close a heart-wrenching powerful novel.

Death changes a person, especially when you lose someone who was very close to you and served as your strength. Some find it hard to move on with life. When you seem to finally get a hold of your life and then another tragedy strike – one that you don’t anticipate and you haven’t prepared –  just as when you have thought you finally have your happy ending is so much painful. Lacey Weatherford offers a novel that is heartbreaking (for some, to the point of shedding tears) that is about losing someone who meant the whole world to you, getting a fresh start, and moving on with life despite all the circumstances that is thrown at your way.

Favorite Quotes
“So stop looking at the past and all the things you can’t change. They’re done and over with. Now is the time for you to look to the future, grasp it by the hand, and decide where you want to go. I told you once before, and I’ll say it again—this is your life, Chase. Only you can decide what it’s going to be like. Don’t let outside forces dictate it for you.” 

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