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I LOVE the whole "mysterious guy that gets me" thing. I thought "oh how sweet she is gonna track him down and they are gonna love each other (swoon)" That DOES NOT happen, but that's OK. I also love a good road trip and they were tracking down those clues, it was like one of those Geo Caching hunts. They do find him though in California, only he is like some local celebrity named Colby Taylor and everyone treats them like stupid little fan girls. Colby has these body guards that they have to get past if they want to see him. My favorite character is AJ. Everyone sees AJ as this bad boy, trouble maker, but he is actually a really sweet and amazing person. I won't say WHO Haley ended up with, you will just have to read for yourself, but it was NOT who I expected. And I kind of think Colby Taylor might be bat s*** crazy; I don't know we’ll see. Luckily the next two books are already out and after you love this one you don't have to wait for the next two.
This book has awakened my gypsy soul and given me a serious case of wanderlust. I sometimes find myself shaking my leg and wanting to run when I am sitting around not doing anything.
The novel follows Haley Sullivan cross country from North Carolina to California in search of a boy she discovers faked his death and changed his identity to become the West Coast’s most famous surfer. When she reaches California, home of the untouchable Colby Taylor, she meets the guys who protect him and keep his secrets safe. What she discovers will change her path and lead her to go after her own dreams.
Being from Southern California, and living most of my adult life near the beach in San Diego, I found Nikki Godwin’s California setting of Crescent Cove to be believable. It reminded me of the times I used to hang out around fire pits, listening to the roar of the ocean, while hanging with friends. It reminded me of Santa Monica mixed with Venice Beach and even hints of La Jolla. Besides the setting, the characters really came off the page. The connection Haley felt with Stricks, A.J., Alston, and Vin(who spoke like Vin Diesel in my head the whole time, haha) was well-crafted, and it felt like they were my friends, too.
What I enjoyed most was how the romance was unexpected, and it slowly grew throughout the novel until the ending. The majority of the novel revolved around friendship and how it morphs and changes, fades and grows. Chasing Forever Down has lingered with me for days, and I look forward to reading the next novel in the series.
I recommend this novel to those who love young adult contemporary, beach reads, stories of self discovery and friendship, and also to those who need a feel-good novel.
I know nothing about surfing and that's one of the reasons why I'm wary of reading CFD. But fear not everyone who's like me because there will be no surfing jargon. Our heroine, Haley, knows nothing about surfing as well. In fact, she only went to Crescent Cove, the home of surfer star Colby Taylor, not because she's a fan but because she wants to know how he escaped it all. Haley learns that the stranger he met on an epically boring social party was actually dead. Not the vampire or zombie type but that he vanished and was considered dead for three years. But she knows she didn't see a ghost so she goes on a roadtrip with no known location, trying to find this mystery guy who she thinks can be her mentor in escaping the future her parents planned for her. Like seriously goes on a clue-picking Nancy-Drew-esque roadtrip with her best friend. When she reaches Crescent Cove, she learns that simply meeting Colby Taylor is an almost impossible endeavor, what with his four bodyguards who are so different from each other. From here on, she sets out on winning these four guys to ultimately talk to Colby Taylor and ask him "How did you escape it all?".
Chasing Forever Down is a low-key novel but it is sometimes the low-key ones, those who are not making much noise, that just grabs you tight. I didn't realize how much time passed until I finished the book. You just get invested in the characters even more than you'll get at the story. CFD reads like a slice-of-life novel with no grand conflict. Haley has a goal and the mini-missions or obstacles just come to her when it's there. And surprisingly, you just read on. From the get go, there was no romance between Colby and Haley. She just wants to ask him how she can chase her dreams. And I love that. I love how Haley isn't in this insane mission just for a guy but because she truly believes he can teach her. I was even doubtful if there will be romance in this story because for the most part, there seems to be none. And I still dug it because this is not a romance novel. Not primarily that is. It's a coming-of-age story, learning the ropes, finding yourself and all that. So when an inkling of romance popped out, I admit to being excited. Coming-of-age with a love interest? I'm greedy for those. Then when Nikki surprised me with who the love interest is, I felt like she snatched my chair out from under me. But even though I was surprised at first, the pairing ultimately made sense and I was so into shipping them right away.
But seriously, it isn't really the romance that grabbed me. It's the characters. All of them. Even the smallest of the characters made an impact in me. I know nothing about the "surfer bum" life and until now, I don't actually understand it. But when Miles, one of the surfers, told Haley about getting surfing, understanding surfing, I was floored. I didn't know that's why some surfers surf. That it's a spiritual thing. To be with this formidable wave and just letting it all go, trusting the wave not to eat you up. Wow. In a way, Haley and I are the same in that we know nothing and CFD totally opened my eyes. I thought surfers were just a bunch of adrenaline junkies and nothing more and now, I know better.
The characters and their friendships, it totally got me reeled in. They didn't feel like friends, they were family. Truth be told though, I didn't relate much to Haley. I guess I just don't see myself going after a "dead" guy to ask him how to escape. And going on a roadtrip and doing all of the things she did. But maybe that's just because I'm not that free-spirited or maybe because I don't have the pressure that she experiences. I guess I really didn't buy how their parents just allowed them to go. And maybe that's a culture thing or I don't know. The logistics and how realistic the set-up is are what's keeping me from fully diving in to Haley's character and story. But even with that, I still loved the characters, even the smallest ones. They were such diverse people but surfing glued them tight. For the record, Topher is my favorite Hooligan and AJ is my favorite bodyguard.
This review has been so hard to write because I couldn't quite explain what made me into Chasing Forever Down. It is just great. It is what it is and it just is. And I love it. My review feels somber because that's how I felt while reading Chasing Forever Down. No, it's not sad but there's this sense of calm that I felt while reading it. As if somehow I'm reading about someone's spiritual journey. And it kinda is a spiritual journey. Haley learns and realizes a lot of things in this summer journey of hers with so many interesting people. I can't wait for Haley to come back in Crescent Cove and to read about everyone again. I am sure it will be another somber read that will bring out the side of me I don't usually see, the calm, thinking one.
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