Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chasing AllieCat by Rebecca Fjelland Davis

Sadie Lester has been dumped with relatives for the summer. Boredom seems inevitable in her small Minnesota town until she meets Allie—a spiky-haired off-road biker with incredible grace and speed. Training for the upcoming bike race, Allie leads Sadie and cute fellow cyclist Joe up and down Mount Kato—an exhilarating rush that pushes their limits. The fun ends abruptly when they stray off the trail and find a priest, badly beaten and near death. After calling for help, Allie mysteriously disappears from their lives.

Just like the trash littering the beautiful river bluffs, there's something foul afoot. Creepy rednecks are prowling the woods, the same ones who ran Sadie and Allie off the road one night. It's not until the day of the big race that Sadie finally learns the startling truth about Allie, her connection to the priest, and what drove her into hiding.

This book surprised me in such amazing way. It started off a little slow and had be saying “What the eff is going on here?” but then it picked up and my thoughts started being in all caps and Chasing AllieCat became one hell of a wild reading ride. This book was funny, amusing, dramatic, and very down to earth all at the same time. It was fast paced and I found it terribly hard to put it down. There were dramatic twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, and some that I was expecting- but when the came I was amazed at how Rebecca had written them. I wish I had the guts that Allie, Sadie, and Joe to go mountain biking. All three of these characters had me amazed at how fearless and snappy they were. They were all so well written and relatable. I think that Chasing AllieCat provides a young adult book to teenagers that they haven’t read before. Generally young adult books have the same formula. Chasing AllieCat wasn’t like that. It doesn’t really follow stereotypes as much as other books tend to, and I loved that about this.
I recommend this book to anybody who is looking for a good addicting young adult novel that will sweep them right up into the story.

FTC- For a blog tour, book received from the author.

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