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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high e
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 8th 2013 by Flux
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3.5 stars

I love picking up books where you go into them expecting a light summery read, but you’re left ending up with a deep emotionally overwhelming story.

Surfing is Grace’s thing, it’s always been something she’s good at. So with a big surfing tournament around the corner and well known scouts rumoured to be there. Grace knows she has to up her game but this gets difficult when her best friend Ford and surf trainer decides to intern at Grace’s dads law firm over the summer. On top of that Gra
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Did Not Finish.

This irked me from the start. The writing seemed too juvenile but the innuendos and teenage dialogue made it clear it was anything but. There were one too many, "Whatevs," for my taste and the main character really got on my bad side. She was whiny, boastful, and way too full of herself. She lets her boyfriend-not-boyfriend zip up her wetsuit "not because I can't do it myself but it's something nice he can do for me." Right away I could tell we were going to have problems. Ford se
Jana (My Messy Chapters)
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I was really quite disappointed with this book and it pains me to give it only a two-star rating. The book summary and the cover just made me very excited for this and I'm afraid it didn't deliver.

I was quite surprised to find out that this was both Grace AND Ford's POV. From the book summary, I thought it would be all Grace, but obviously it wasn't. The dual POV didn't really work that well because I found their voices quite simi
Sara (sarabara081)
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I promised myself that I would learn to let go of books that weren't working for me instead of wasting so much time forcing myself through them. Unfortunately, Riptide is another casualty of this.

I made it to about 44% before I gave it the heave-ho. It wasn't necessarily bad. And I didn't find myself hating anything I did read. But I felt no connection the the characters and no interest in what was going on with them. In a word, I was BORED
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to say, the little synopsis of the book is very misleading. It makes this book seem like a light hearted summer read about surfing and it is definitely a lot more serious than that. Also, it makes it seem like there is only one perspective, but in fact, the book is from both Grace and Ford's point of views.

As mentioned above, this book does deal with serious topics such as abuse and immigration. I found the abuse representation to be fairly accurate and it showed the struggles of someone
As a general rule, when I dislike books I do just that: dislike them. I don’t tend to actively or emotionally react in a negative way, except in very extreme cases where a book crosses some of my safety lines. Objectively speaking, Riptide isn’t exactly a bad book, and I’d consider recommending it to certain readers (albeit with hefty misgivings). For myself, however, I hated this book; it made me physically ill, and believe me when I say that does not happen often.

I walked into Riptide ready fo
Jessica Madden
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot of negative views on this book, but I have to say I really enjoyed this book a lot.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Riptide's synopsis doesn't promise that it will be a light read, so I don't understand why readers are complaining on how misleading the book was. Just because the book is set in the summer, and the beach, doesn't mean it will be light. I loved every single page of Riptide. It is told from alternating POVs, Grace, our main protagonist, and Ford, her best friend. Both Grace and Ford are surfers however that is when their similarities end. While Ford's family consists
Lori Stephens
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This weekend, I read a YA novel (Young Adult novel) called Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe. I cracked it open for a light summer read as I curled up in bed. I teach a university course on coming-of-age themes, so YA literature is more than a "guilty pleasure."(Oh that I could teach a course on wine-tasting.)

Riptide was not a light summer romance, which is what I thought it might be from the cover. It's a story of two teens, best friends who have fallen in love but, for several reasons, can't bring th
Lucie Paris
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it

My feelings are mixed.

On one hand, the surfing descriptions on the way to catch the waves carried me in the middle of the ocean. From my couch, I felt the salt in the air, I inhaled yummy Monoi sunscreen and my toes reveled in the warmth of the sand while it was snowing in Paris. So I really enjoyed the trip to the beaches of San Diego.

Also liked to go behind appearances. But I found this part too little exploited. Indeed, the reader follows Grace's desires of freedoms. She wants to become mast
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I definitely had some issues with the book but I did like it overall. I think that I would probably give it a higher rating if it wasn't told from two different point of views. In some parts of the book I enjoyed having Ford's view just to see what he is doing and what he does outside of his friendship with Grace. But I wanted to concentrate more on Grace and how she was dealing with the life that has handed to her.

I also like how it ended a little openly, in most books that annoys me to no end
A Canadian Girl
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, flux, 2013
When I requested Riptide by Lindsey Schiebe, I figured that there would be a lot of surfing in the novel. What I wasn’t expecting was Riptide to be an issues book that used surfing as a metaphor for Grace's life – and quite heavy handedly, I might add! Another problem I had with Riptide was that I couldn’t care about Grace, which made the book feel even longer. Lastly, Riptide had a second, unexpected main character – Ford. Unfortunately, Ford’s POV detracts from Grace’s story rather than being ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was initially excited to read this book as both the title and summary appealed to me. But I must say that from start to finish, I found this book hard to read. Overall, I felt the storyline was under-developed and the characters lacked a feeling of being genuine.

The author told the story from both Grace Parker's and Ford's perspective, navigating each chapter back and forth between the two characters. For me, this was very confusing, considering Grace Parker was the main protagonist, and Ford'
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, 2013
2.5 stars

I feel like this book had the potential to be a lot better than it was--the bones of something unique and moving were there. But, there were numerous plot holes and some elements that just needed more development as well as some key points that were not particularly realistic or believable for me. It's a three star book because the surfing scenes were great and the multicultural aspect was good too. I wrote an actual review of this one on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves - http://cleareyesfulls
Told in alternating viewpoints, Riptide is a good exploration of identity and what makes a family. The issue of immigration is also dealt with and left up in the air, which really works as an introduction to the gray areas a lot of readers might not have considered before.
Sydney G
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe tells the stories of Ford Watson and Grace Parker, two best friends in the summer going into their senior year of high school. Grace is passionate about surfing, and is determined to catch the eye of college surf scouts but with her inescapable home life struggles getting worse by the day, she is forced to make some serious decisions. Ford's newly gained internship at a law firm, the one Grace's dad just so happens to own, leads him on a mission to help the people in h ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
One thing I didn’t realise before starting this book was that the chapters would alternate points of view between the two main characters (Grace and Ford) and personally this is not something I like very much (but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be as the chapters aren’t that long).

It was an ok book (possibly more serious then people were led to believe) I don’t regret reading it but I probably won’t be re-reading it.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a light read that started slow but then became emotionally deep. Also hearing about her surfing adventures added light and passion to the story. A great one for teens
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Grace Parker lives a pretty sheltered life despite the fact the fact that she is going to be a senior in high school. Thanks to her overprotective parents, she doesn't do much other than study, surf, and hangout with her best friend, Ford. Her parents want her to be valedictorian and attend an Ivy League school; however, Grace has different plans. She wants to go to UCSD and join the surf team. This tremendously clashes with her parents expectations as they think surfing is pretty much a waste o ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
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There are so many reasons why Riptide could have been a book I fell head over heels in love with. It's about a girl who surfs, and surfing has always been a sport that fascinates me. The girl appears to be experiencing the problems of a typical teen - dealing with her parents, chasing her dreams, falling in love. While Riptide's story includes all of these things, the execution simply fell flat for me and I finished feeling slightly disappointed in what I'd just r
Katie Scarlett
Dec 31, 2014 marked it as unfinished
I’m disappointed this book didn’t turn out well.
I came wanting a fun summer book with drama and boys. I wanted a slightly fluffy and slightly angsty contemporary. I wanted a book that wouldn’t necessarily suck me in too deep, because school and life, ok. I didn’t get that.
Within the first few pages there were so many bad things. Instead of not sucking me in, it was actively pushing me out. The beginning of the book sets the stage for how the writer tells stories, and it wasn’t good. There was so
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
My Review
Favorite Quote(s):
“The ability to stand up for one’s self is just as important as the ability to stand up for others.”
“'The only person who can make the decision to help you is you. And the only place to put your trust is God.’”
Favorite Character: Mama Watson. She’s Ford mother, and she was just such a wise person throughout the novel. Although I don’t really talk about her in the rest of this review, she was very inspiring with her words of wisdom over the course of the novel.
First Lin
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

This is the second time in a row that a vibrant book cover oozing with the feel of summer ended up taking on a much more serious tone than I imagined.

Riptide is told from the alternating perspectives of Ford and Grace, two best friends/surfing buddies, who are so in love with each other but for various reasons cannot get it together. Ford is all for being upfront with his feelings, but Grace’s avoidance makes him question if she likes him like th
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I saw Riptide on netgalley it sounded interesting, and while I had not previously read a surfing book I wanted to read this one. Grace Parker is a surfer, and along with her friend Ford, they surf every day. When a competition comes up Grace jumps at the chance to enter it, hoping to get noticed and get a scholarship to UCSD,and with the help of Ford begins training for this event. But unknown to Ford, Grace is hiding a big secret.

While Riptide starts out nice and relaxed, its not long befo
John Clark
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Last week, I blogged about the two best YA publishers you've never heard of (Flux and Orca) on the Maine Crime Writer's site. In the course of double-checking information on their home pages, I saw several new titles I wanted to read. Riptide was one.
Grace Parker will seem familiar to a lot of teens. She's studious, athletic and driven, but hiding behind those qualities is a secret about her home life. Her dad, a successful lawyer and the person who taught her to surf and love it, takes out his
Deidra (I Believe in Books)
I liked this book a lot more than I was expecting to. I was expecting a light contemporary read, with a lot of surfing, and a summer romance. That is not at all what I got, the exception being a lot of surfing. There was a lot of that.

The book is set with alternating POV's, Grace and her best friend Ford's. Ford is a great guy, in all seriousness, and it seems he was pretty attractive. I know for most people, that is always a plus. Both of them come from completely different backgrounds. Grace c
Joséphine (Word Revel)
When I picked up this book, I expected a light summer read about surfing. It turned out to be much more than that. For better or for worse, it turned out to be an issues book. Grace has a lot of trouble with her parents at home, and family to her doesn't quite mean safety and security. As much as surfing is all she cares about, Riptide then wasn't just about surfing.

Then there is Grace's best friend, Ford. Written from both Grace's and Ford's perspectives, readers get to see things either Grace
Serendipity Reviews
Jan 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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I have mixed views on this book. There are elements that are wonderful and yet there are also elements that unfortunately let the story down.

Firstly, let’s look at what I loved. The surfing and sea descriptions are outstanding. This author truly knows the art of surfing and has the words inside her to bring the descriptions to paper. She has excellent details of moves in the water I wouldn’t ever have heard of. This author had delved into the d
Gilly Segal
I cam away from Riptide with mixed feelings. I fear it's an instance in which the book jacket copy did the novel a disservice because I was rather surprised by what I got. I expected a novel that was mostly a romance and a high school athlete's journey to compete at the highest level in college.

Unfortunately, the competitive surfing story didn't really play out. Really, it was more of an issues book - something destructive is going on in Grace's family and that story edged out those elements I h
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
What I wanted I didn’t get. What I got, I didn’t expect. It was the cover. Maybe. Yes, that cover had me thinking if not summer fun and friends and what not. Except, the fun was nowhere in sight here…. as we witnessed one depressing thing, and then one frustrating secret revealed from her side of things. Whilst that’s went on, there’s the boy focusing on the right thing… but reading highly unlikely all the same (for me, at least.)

So, we have girl with a goal, but she’s one with a secret holding
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Lindsey Scheibe loves writing, rock climbing, surfing, traveling, and outdoor adventures. She writes Young Adult novels and is represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4E0 Literary Agency. She lives in the Austin area with her husband and two children.

Upon graduating college, “Sic’em Bears,” she packed everything in her little bitty car and drove to Colorado where she spent the summer mountain guiding. So
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