I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.
One of my favorite RS Grey books is With This Heart and while I enjoy her lighter, funnier books, with Chasing Spring she brought back the feelings that I had while reading WTH.
This book is YA and it deals with some heavy issues. The past has a way of creeping up on you and forces you to deal with it no matter how far you try to run.
“…there’s power in shining light on other people’s secrets; it makes it that much easier to hide yours in the shadow .”
Lilah is moving back to a small town in Texas to finish up high school after being away for 2 years. She left town after tragedy struck and hasn’t been back to face the aftermath.
Chase is her childhood friend with whom she lost with everything else 2 years ago. Once inseparable now strangers, and as the story unfolds they begin to find their way back to each other.
We get glimpses of their past and learn that their lives were intertwined long before they were born. And the fallout of decisions made by others leaves these two to deal with an aftermath and heartache 2 years too late.
Lilac is forced to deal with so many emotions from the past in order to have a future. Sadness and grief. Self discovery and anger but also hope and forgiveness.
Lilah and Chase went through so much at such young age, it almost feels impossible to move past the history they have. Can they move past it
“…we could pretend that we were good and happy there , but in the end , we’d always be living with ghosts .”
Rachel Grey wrote a beautiful story that truly touched my heart. I love her funny, witty, sexy side but her true talent lies in her more serious works.
About R.S. Grey
I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.
I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.
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