Chasing Soring by R.S. Grey
Chasing Spring is the lastest standalone novel by R.S. Grey, I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of the book to read for Gemma Reads Too Much.
After reading The Allure of Julian Lefray and The Allure of Dean Harper I’m going to be very honest and say that this book wasn’t what I expected at all.
This is not a light hearted romance, it’s a deep, angsty drama that made me frown and sigh as much as it did smile.
Lilah is an incredibly sad and broken down teenager, she tries to hide behind the don’t fuck with me attitude. But really what shines through is the sadness and confusion that’s she just doesn’t seem to be able to deal with.
The details behind the ghosts that haunt Lilah are slowly revealed to us during the course of the story and this was both good and bad. Good because I enjoy the slow reveal and drip feeding of plot and bad because in this case the slow reveal did make the lack of answers a bit frustrating.
As sad as Lilah is I really feel like Chase’s loneliness was overlooked and almost ignored. I felt incredibly sorry for Chase, he’s only a teenager as well but he’s dealing with all of the stuff Lilah is plus his shitty home life as well.
I know that we all tend to focus on the female characters but at times I wanted to shake Lilah and tell her to stop being so selfish!
This is a romance of sorts, but there’s not any real romance. Lilah and Chase have a lifetime of enduring friendship that may have been shaken by events in their lives but it’s never broken beyond repair and the romance felt like the natural progression for this couple.
Honestly this is not a ‘busy’ book, nothing really happens and the story really focuses on the small things.
Weirdly I also felt sorry for Elaine. I know she is not a character that particularly evokes sympathy but even though she was a horrible person who made awful and life altering decisions I couldn’t help but feel some empathy for her.
This was definitely an interesting story and it gets 3.5 stars from me.