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Chasing Shadows

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  683 Ratings  ·  191 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.
ebook, 320 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 12th 2013)
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Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
...but I might be a tiny bit biased.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jonathan Hiskes
Chicago teenagers leap across rooftops, solve a major crime, and visit a Hindu underworld. Y'know, teen stuff.
Olivia Bozich
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For my first choice book I read Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi. Corey, Savitri, and Holly are inseparable friends who live in a very dangerous neighborhood on Chicago's south side. They had been friends almost all of their lives until suddenly, tragedy struck. Corey and Holly were on their way to school and stopped at a stop light. While stopped, a man in the car next to them shot both Holly and Corey, killing Corey and putting Holly into critical condition. Luckily, Savitri was right behind t ...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
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
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
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
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.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Mary Farrell
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemp
This book is so well written. On the sentence level, and on the level of character and plot. I did not want to put it down, and read it in two sittings. It's not a book that allows you to feel comfortable. It is a close look at grief and mental illness. It also ponders the question of friendship and loyalty and does it very well. I highly recommend this book. It is part graphic novel and very clever in the way the traditional text comes together with the graphics. Everything is pulled together e ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best part was the art.
Deva Fagan
I loved this. Complicated, heart-wrenching and real.
Ian Wood
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it thoroughly. I'm too many decades from being a teen but enjoyed it none the less. I found the writing engaging and the story moved well, and I could relate to the young womens' friendship and grief.
Captain Awesome
Can you say huge disappointment? Cause that is what this book was! It fell really flat for me. All the characters seemed too much and just weren't realistic. I would not recommend.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent good enough read, but there were some things that were in the book that were just weird and at tad times, a bit cringy but not in the gross or romantic way.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this YA book will be popular at our high school library, with fast paced freerunning and edgy characters.
Remember my deal? That unless I already had them on my list to read or loved a book, I wouldn't count my school books towards my year's book count? This one falls in the latter category, and I had no idea that I was going to love it as much as I did. I got it from the library, but I think I want my own dang copy of it. It's just so good. And painful.

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Holly, Savitri, and Corey are a tight knit group. Corey and Holly are twins, Savitri and Holly are best friends, and Corey and Savitri are dating.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Book City
Date: November 23, 2014

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
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Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Chasing Shadows is one of those books that I simply read for the cover. I mean look at that. It’s gorgeous! Before I read the synopsis, I had no idea it was contemporary. And as you know, I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary books. But every now and then, I find a contemporary book that I fall head over heels in love with. This was one of those books.

The thing that most made this book was the pictures. I’ve never read a graphic novel b
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2013
I absolutely adored Avasthi's debut YA novel SPLIT . That book was something special, looking at domestic violence from the boys POV. It was about the history of violence in a family and how it changes and shapes your future.

I've been patiently waiting for her to publish another book. When I received Chasing Shadows I was ecstatic but also had reservations. The characters are freerunner's ("defined as the art of expressing oneself in his or her environment without limitation" wikedpedia ) and th
Source: Received an ARC through Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

I was drawn to this book by its novel approach which incorporates graphic novel drawings into the text because one character starts to visualize life as such. These pictures really brought the text to life and made me more sympathetic to her situation so I applaud the creators for that decision. I also found the pictures helped me to get through the darker moments of the narration because this story has some very diffic
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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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