Along with her best friend, Naomi, Sage and their friends travel to see the eclipse. Once there, she meets Neb in person, and the way they click makes her thrilled, yet very wary all at the same time. She remembers how Pax swept her off her feet too, and how he seemed so nice at first. Her questioning nature could threaten to ruin their relationship as it just starts, but Neb takes it in stride, as he tries to show her that he is nothing like her ex. Moving on from Pax for both Sage and Neb is made all that much more difficult, though, when Pax's sister, Ariana, and Ariana's friend, Tara, also go on the trip. Sage can't shake the feeling that she's being watched, as though Pax sent them to spy on her, and Neb can't get Tara to realize he's not interested in her.
The way that Sage and Neb's relationship develops is endearing. It shows that love can seemingly exist at first sight; however, it doesn't hurt when you've been talking with someone via text for weeks prior to meeting them, and you know that person's sense of humor and how you get along to at least some degree already.
Sage, Neb, and their friends throw around lots of fun “sun puns” and jokes about the eclipse. They show that even when people know things about you that aren't so pleasant, it doesn't mean that they can't still enjoy your company and have your back when someone threatens to stand in your way or make your life harder.
'Chasing the Sun' isn't just about a group of friends going to see the eclipse happen. It's about chasing dreams, chasing truth, chasing love, and chasing self-worth. Melanie Hooyenga has done a wonderful job penning all of this emotion in her latest novel.