April 16, 2012
Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur
El Marini just isn’t fitting into the new life she’s been forced to create without her dad. Her mom and sister have accepted his absence and moved on, but El is convinced things will get back to normal if she just keeps her feelings of loss to herself and waits it out.
Life at her new public school would have been unbearable if weren’t for Eric Callahan. As her crush grows to epic proportions, she’ll do anything to be more like the popular girls he notices, even buying the first pink top she’s ever owned. But then she meets Dylan, a quiet artistic-type who is both unnerving and annoying as he shines a light on El’s misguided attempts to attract Eric. El’s need for acceptance will hit home with teens as she finally sees that chasing boys has distracted her from making peace with the past and finding herself.
The title of this book is very misleading. It is not pure fluff about dating. It was....it was something else. Ariel was a very depressed girl that had some very interesting problems, and you never really got why she was depressed until the end. Then it all made sense. Dylan was great, and he was kind of, well, *Swoon*. This book was amazing, and it really moved right on along. It kept me entertained, and pretty dang happy with myself. (Cause we've had a couple duds lately.). I also really liked how there might only be one sentence on the next page, but it would make the biggest impact. Cause an author that can make you feel that with one sentence, she's an award winner.
"I feel like I can't feel anymore. Like I'm walking and talking and sometimes even laughing, but inside I'm still and watching to see if I'm fooling anyone."
Oh and here's one of the lighter quotes:
He's out of uniform. I watch him walk out, his skinny-leg jeans clinging to his....clinging? Aargh! I am losing it. I fix Eric in my mind. "Pleasant thoughts," I whisper. "Pleasant thoughts."
But somehow Eric turns into Dylan, and Dylan's jeans are on an endless replay loop in my brain.