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Chasing Shadows

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  528 ratings  ·  159 reviews
“A superb novel about grief, friendship, and mental illness, mixing in graphic-novel elements and themes from Hindu mythology.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

Corey, Holly, and Savitri are closer than family until a random act of violence shatters their world. A gunman shoots at their car, leaving Corey dead, Holly in a coma, and Savitri the sole witness to the crime.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 12th 2013)
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Rating: 2.5 Stars

Although I loved Avasthi's debut, Split, I sadly cannot say the same of her sophomore piece. Chasing Shadows is, by no means, a bad novel but it simply was not tailored to my tastes. It is a tale of two best friends, Savitri and Holly, who must heal after Holly's twin brother, also Savitri's boyfriend, is shot by an unknown gunman in Chicago. Avasthi tells this tale using both words and images but, unfortunately, the graphic novel-like pictures didn't work for me. While extremel
Jonathan Hiskes
Chicago teenagers leap across rooftops, solve a major crime, and visit a Hindu underworld. Y'know, teen stuff.
Stephanie Ward
'Chasing Shadows' is a young adult contemporary fiction/graphic novel that follows the lives of teenage friends Holly, Corey, and Savitri as they enjoy life running through Chicago. Soon their world is turned upside down when Corey is killed. Holly and Savitri are coming undone in their own ways - Holly wants to find Corey's killer and serve up revenge, while Savitri is scared by Holly's actions and afraid that she'll be left behind. But how far should you go for a friend? And just how far is to ...more
Nov 28, 2013 Swati rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
...but I might be a tiny bit biased.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Chasing Shadows really surprised me with how enveloping the story turned out to be and left me with chills. Centering around two high school seniors who must deal with the aftermath of the death of someone very near and dear to them, Chasing Shadows spins a fast paced and unique story of loss, recovery, and mental illness.

The backdrop of Chasing Shadows is Chicago which Holly, Corey, and Savitri have turned into their freerunning haven. This is the first book I have read with freerunning incorpo
Mrs. Kenyon
Corey, Holly and Savitri are a trio who would do anything for each other. Corey and Holly are twins that are closer than friends, Holly and Savitri are friends who are as close as sisters, and Corey and Savitri recently celebrated their one year anniversary. Between freerunning through Chicago and planning to get an apartment together during college, this threesome is inseparable. Then a bullet is discharged and Corey is dead. Holly is half a person with her twin suddenly removed from this world ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

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Chasing Shadows didn’t get any marketing to speak of, and I really didn’t know much about it. What lured me into requesting it was the mixed media element, the combination of a regular novel and graphic novel. Turns out Chasing Shadows is just as unique as that suggests. Despite there being a whole lot to like about it, the book missed worming its way into my heart, and I ended up feeling rather bored a lo
CHASING SHADOWS is a contemporary novel that incorporates elements of superhero comics and Hinduism in a very visceral way, which gives some passages the feeling of speculative fiction.

CHASING SHADOWS begins with Holly, Savitri, and Corey running across rooftops. It's a tight-knit group: Holly and Sav are best friends, Sav and Corey are dating, and Holly and Corey are twins. But it's when they get in their cars to go home that tragedy strikes - Corey is shot and killed and Holly ends up in a com
Andrea {Bookish Lifestyle}
I love graphic novels. I think the art work is amazing. I love that you can get so wrapped up in a story through just pictures and dialogue. The fact that Chasing Shadows is both a prose novel and a graphic novel is something I knew I couldn't pass up. Of course, the synopsis did help a bit in my decision to read it.

The story itself is heartbreaking. Savitri witnesses Corey's murder and Holly's attempted murder from a car not 45 feet away and is racked with survivor's guilt. Holly herself nearl
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
CHASING SHADOWS isn't the type of book I normally read. I'm an action oriented, zombie-loving kinda gal, but I read Swati Avasthi's SPLIT and was so taken with it, that I quickly picked up this book the second I saw that it was available

One of Avasthi's great strengths are her characters. They live. They breathe. They are dimensional and so realistic that it's hard not to be drawn into the stories where she places them.

In CHASING SHADOWS the principle characters are Holly, her twin brother Corey
Liza Wiemer
Swati Avasthi pushes the limits, and then goes even further to tell a raw, emotional, story of murder, friendship, love, sanity, and mental health. Using a combination of a graphic novel and first person narrative from two perspectives, readers will be hooked into the world Avasthi masterfully created. Bravo!!!!

Chasing Shadows tells the story of twins Corey and Holly, HS seniors and the children of a Chicago police officer. When a gunman targets their car and shoots Corey pointblank and barely l
I got this book in a subscription box and I have to admit that of not for that, I probably wouldn't have picked up this book at all. Wow, am I glad it came my way after all. What intrigued me was how the author chose to mix text with comics to tell the story and mostly I was curious about how that would be pulled of. Seamlessly, as it turns out.

This is a book about friendship, and the cost of loyalty. And it's beautifully written and you really feel like you get under the skin of the characters.
4.5 stars
What a great book on all levels! The writing was excellent, and the merging between text and illustrations was seamless and intriguing. The story had great characters, great plotting and great sentences. My copy was a digital ARC and some of the words in the comic section were unreadable, but I imagine editing will fix that for actual copies sold. The violence is real and brutal. Avasthi rips the band-aid off quickly, but the pain of watching a family break apart is still there. The tra
I was excited to read another book by Swati Avasthi as Split was intense! Chasing Shadows was a more mellow story even though the topics within the story were heavy. I'm not sure if it was missing the emotional rollercoaster of Split or if it was my mood. I did really like the graphic aspects of this novel and think that it added a lot for the reader.
Sara Grochowski
Savitri, Holly, and Corey are a team. Holly and Corey are twins, Savitri and Holly are best friends, and Corey and Savitri date. The three operate as one, whether at school, at home, or when they're out in Chicago freerunning. Their world comes crashing down one fateful night when Holly and Corey are attacked by a gunman while Savitri looks on, helpless. Now, Corey is dead, Holly is barely holding on after awakening from a coma, and Savitri is left alone, unable to fix what has been broken and u ...more
Wow. One of those books that you juat have to stay up and finish reading despite having an early and long day coming up. Loved her first book--SPLIT--and this was just as powerful. When Holly's twin brother is murdered and she is severely injured, after her initial recovery, she begins to spiral into mental illness. She wants to rescue her brother from the Shadowlands in the personal of the Leopardess. Her friend and Corey's girlfriend who is lost in her own grief, tries to save Holly putting he ...more
I generally try to give every book I start reading a solid a chance. No matter how dull it turns out to be, the plot intrigued me enough to start so I try to make it through the first chapter before bailing.

I rarely have as much trouble as I did with this book.

Avasthi has this incredibly annoying habit of capitalizing words to create phrases. Now, this is a stylistic choice that a lot of writers use, but it only works when used sparingly. Generally, people use it for emphasis, to change the par
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Spoilers Ahead

Chasing Shadows
Swati Avasthi and Craig Phillips

Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftops to rooftop.

But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…

After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge
Holly, Corey, and Savitri (Sav) are racing around rooftops in Chicago. They own the city and are carefree. That is until Corey is shot and killed and Holly ends up in a coma. When Holly wakes up, she is obsessed with saving Corey from the shadowland and finding the particular killer. She is doing erratic things and seems to be spiraling with her obsession. Sav wants to stay with her friend and help her through this tragedy, but is struggling with her loss as well. With time moving by the
Chasing Shadows (Junior Library Guild Selection (Random House))
Swati Avasthi, Craig Phillips

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Part regular fiction...part graphic novel...intense...fierce...sad!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Corey, Holly, Savitri...thrill seekers...waiting for college entrance letters...are out one night when Corey is killed protecting his sister Holly. Holly is severely wounded but neither she nor Savitri can remember who the killer is other than that he is Wirey. Holly rea
I don't often give stars to a book. Just because I feel like it's kind of catty. But the five star ones are the easiest. When a book blows you away, well, it deserves it.

And this one surely did. Clear your calendar, because you will not want to put this one down. I read it in one night, which is the same thing I did with Avasthi's last book, Split. She has a way of grabbing you and just sucking you in, no holds barred.

This whole book was a thing of beauty. And not least because I just lost my be
Amy Rae
I'm in a young-adult literature class right now, and I think I might be hitting my limit for young-adult novels devoured in a row. It's weird; I can read midgrade novels til the cows come home without a problem, but I've read so much YA lit lately that it's all blurring unpleasantly together. So at this point, it's hard for me to tell if I would always have been annoyed with the flaws I see in this one or if I'm no longer capable of giving the book a fair shake.

Either way, I wanted to like this
Deva Fagan
I loved this. Complicated, heart-wrenching and real.
Laura (booksnob)
Chasing Shadows blends genres between its pages of prose and graphic art. It begins with Holly, Corey and Savitri freerunning on the streets of Chicago and little do they know that their lives are about to change forever. Holly and Corey are twins and Savitri is Holly's best friend and Corey's girlfriend. They are intimately connected. As they drive home, the unthinkable happens.

A Gunman.

One loses their life. One is in a coma. One is the on
An interesting blend of chapter book and graphic novel, the story tells of three friends- Holly, Corey & Savitri. Holly & Corey are twins, Corey & Savitri are dating, and Savitri and Holly are best friends; so they are tight knit group until an act of violence occurs on their way home from free running and Corey dies after being shot. The remaining story deals with the aftermath of Corey's death and trying to find the killer. Savitri is grieving herself but Holly's grief becomes a mi ...more
Chasing Shadows is about friendship, death, grief, and insanity. The characters, Corey, Holly, and Savitri, are very close. When death strikes one of them, the other two have to struggle with feeling about their friend, the killer, and fight to keep their friendship intact, all the while fighting back the insanity that keeps creeping in to their lives. The author does a fantastic job creating the characters so that you feel their emotions. The book has hints of a graphic novel as there are graph ...more
Boy I didn't know what to make of this.

If you think it's going to be what I thought it was going to be, namely, two girls decide to become crimefighters because of the death of their boyfriend/brother, you're incorrect. Don't worry, I was wrong too. To be fair, the interspersed graphic novel pages and Savitri and Holly's love of comic books adds to this illusion, but that isn't this book.

It's a book about pain and loss and revenge and struggling and friendship. And our personal demons. I think
This was good all in all, despite a few issues. This isn't a graphic novel exactly, but it does use elements from that format. Passages of regular prose are interspersed with comic panels to tell the story of how two friends deal with loss. Holly's twin brother Corey is killed when she and her friend Savitri (also Corey's girlfriend) are out free-running through a bad neighborhood in Chicago. Corey is shot while trying to protect Holly, who lapses into a coma from her own injuries. Savitri witne ...more
Chasing Shadows was really good. I admire how well the psychological issues were presented and how every character had a different response, which when faced in this situation is always seen. I could totally see this as extremely realistic fiction. The graphics were well placed and a great way to describe the inside of Holly 's psychosis. The only reason I only gave it three stars was that it was not the book for me... and I believe it's partially my fault. I started it while stuck in 3 hours of ...more
I received this book with my Quarterly Book Riot YA shipment (#BYA02).

The first thing I noticed when I open this book is that some of the pages are in comic book style. It's really cool how it combines regular novel with a graphic novel. Very unique indeed.

This is a young adult novel about three very close friends. Holly and Corey are brother and sister (twins) and Savitri is as close as a friend can be without being related. Pretty early in the novel Corey gets killed when someone shoots at the
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Swati Avasthi has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. She has received numerous awards and grant, most recently from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her first novel, Split, has received a silver parents' choice award and a CYBILS award and was named a best books for young adults, 2011 from YALSA. Split was also nominated for a GoodReads Choice Award and ...more
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