Think about it. Does the ending even matter? Shouldn’t the middle be the happy part? It’s the biggest chunk of our life, and yet no one ever asks if two people had a happy middle. They care too much about the ending.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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
Commentary: I liked the book way more than I thought I would! It really exceeded my expectations! I kept seeing this book being hyped on bookstagram, well the people I follow were hyping it up. I decided to check it out for myself. I really liked the author’s writing style; it made me want to check out her other books for future reads.
Anyways, Chasing Spring is about Lilah and Chase, they used to be best friends but tragedy separated them. When Lilah returns back to her hometown, she has changed completely in her looks and attitude. She has a tough exterior, but deep down she is broken inside.
That’s when I finally realized I didn’t really fit in anywhere at my high school, not with the stoners, and not with the popular kids. My hiatus in Austin has succeeded in separating me from everyone. I was a complete loner.
Since she lives in a small town, just about everyone knows her family secret. Chase has always loved Lilah, and when he learns that she has returned, he knows that underneath it all, she is the same Lilah as always.
I really liked Chasing Spring; it wasn’t what I was expecting. I didn’t have high expectations for this book, but it had me hooked. This book is told in two povs, and I enjoyed reading about both characters. I liked Lilah and Chase equally, though I did feel that Lilah was a bit more developed. The characters felt really realistic to me. Chase is the typical boy next door. He is charming, kind, and very patient. He was very swoon worthy for me. He is definitely going on my list for book boyfriends. He never gives up on Lilah, he knows that he can fix her while everyone else sees a “broken” girl.
I had known Lilah would be a challenge, but she was proving to be more complex than any of my old cameras.
When Chase moves into Lilah’s house, Lilah forces herself to avoid him at all costs. She loves Chase as well, but she has insecurities.
Chase was supposed to marry a prom queen, take over the Blackwater Ford dealership, and run for city government. Me? I was supposed to turn into my mother.
Though Lilah may be tough and angsty on the outside, she is just trying to do her best. The town judges her by her appearance, but no one pays attention that she is very studious and kind. I really like how Lilah changed throughout the book. When she is first introduced, she is a rebel and constantly hides her feelings. She pushes people away especially Chase. Slowly, she lets Chase come back into her life.
I loved Chase. I loved him and no one could see how beautifully pure the feeling was. They were too consumed by the juxtaposition of what “was” and what “should be”.
There isn’t a love triangle in this book, just a lot of misunderstanding between the protagonists. After learning the dark history of Lilah’s past, it did make me cry a bit. I really liked that Lilah finally had her closure with her past. This book was sad, but it had fun moments as well. I really enjoyed all the twilight references, it made me laugh. I was rooting for Chase and Lilah’s happiness the whole time, and the ending was really cute. I enjoyed every moment of it. Overall, I loved this book. I did have a bit of minor issues with it, but it was a really good romance book especially for this month.
Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)