Remember your manners, listen to your teacher, and dont chase boys. A piece of advice Ariel (El, for short) had been told her first day of school. But she doesnt know if she can keep that promise anymore now that she is going to a crammed-full public high school filled with handsome jocks. Els family (which consists of herself, her older sister, and mother) has been down-sizing since her father left a year ago and she cant seem to forgive him. While keeping a mental list of questions to ask her therapist one day when she does finally want to talk to him, Ariel finds out that she might be wrong with the conclusions she was so quick to come up with.
Author Karen Tayleurs writing style is brilliant. The mixture of all the right moods are placed into this heart-pounding read. Some scenes are adorable, some are romantic, and others are somewhat depressing but captures the essence of the story. Most teens can relate to Els struggles but only a few understand it the way she does. I love this book and my jaw literally dropped at the end.
The characters were different, likeable, and realistic. If they were actual people, Id definitely want them as my friends! There is also a wide variety of settings that I thank the author for coming up with. It was outside-the-box! Creative doesnt even begin to describe the storyline.
I enjoyed the book so much, I had to share more than half of it with my mother. And she loved it too! I got tears in my eyes and she was breathless. The emotion from this story will stay with you long after you have finish the final page, I guarantee. As my mom says, Chasing Boys is just plain great.
Contains: *brief profanity
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From book jacket: HER DAD HAS BEEN GONE for more than a year now, and El Marinis former life of comfort and affluence has been reduced to the following: 1. Trying to fit in at her giant public school, where shes just one of the masses 2. Ignoring her mothers requests to befriend a Group of Nice Young People 3. Wasting one hour per week not talking to her shrink, Leonard, about all the things on her mind.
This new life has required the invention of an entirely different El. Now shes one of those girls who always wear black, doodles in her notebook during class, and would never be caught dead at a school-sponsored event.
The one thing that makes it all bearable is the completely gorgeous Eric Callahan. Shell do anything to get his attention, even if it means sacrificing part of herself. But as her crush on Erick reaches epic proportions, she meets Dylan who is both unnerving and annoying for reasons El cant quite explain.
Favorite characters, quotes/lines: Dylan: he was an interesting character, but he didnt really play a big a role in the plot line as I thought he should have
When I finished this book I felt: It was a big disappointment&Im actually wont recommend it to anyone. My main problem with it is the fact that it didnt really have a point. It ended without resolving and issues and wasnt satisfying at all.
Other books to read by this author: Shes written some books for younger readers, this is her first young adult novel.