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Chasing Eveline

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Pen Name Publishing
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Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser is a young adult contemporary read that is full of emotion and heart. Sixteen year old Ivy Higgins wasn’t even born in the 80s but she holds onto so much from that decade to remind her of her mother who left Ivy and her father a couple of years before. Ivy is especially obsessed with her mother’s favorite 80s band Chasing Eveline.

After Ivy’s mother left Ivy withdrew from her friends and she and her father both struggle to cope with her departure. One night howeve
Erin Bembridge
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was surprising enough, an amazing book.

Ivy: Ivy is a quirky teenager who loves music. Specifically Chasing Eveline. I really like Ivy because she tries her hardest even if something ruins her day. Its so refreshing that she tries her hardest and doesn't give up. We need more book characters like her.

Matt: Ok I have to be honest here... Matt is really annoying. I can't believe that Ivy is still his friend when he con
chloe ♡
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley!

Wow this 1. exceeded my expectations and 2. reminded me of Chasing Nirvana, which was an underrated book I read earlier this year (IT'S SO GOOD)

I love Ivy so much. At first everything she does seems kind of stupid, but then I started to really understand why she does them. She's a huge dreamer, and hopes to hold on to bits of her mom by listening to the band she loves. I love how she describes the lead singer'
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I'm part of the blog tour for this book, so an e-ARC was provided for me in exchange for an honest review - totally didn't influence me in anyway!*

So, I was sold on this novel by its summary: journey to Ireland, frisky meerkats, some major feely feels, and super non-mainstream band love. And goodness, does this book provide! Every new development was so intriguing and made me feel even more for Ivy.

And let's get one of my favorite things out of the way first: this is one of the most realistic c
Leslie Hauser
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book, so of course I love it! My five stars are more about my excitement for YOU to read it!
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Ivy is desperate to connect with the mother who abandoned Ivy and her dad. The closest connection she has to her mother is their mutual love of the 1980's band 'Chasing Eveline'. Ivy and her friend Matt mount several schemes to raise money for a trip to Ireland. Once in Ireland they hope to reunite 'Chasing Eveline'. Ivy secretly hopes that her mother will be at the bands reunion.
This was such a cute read. I loved all the crazy ('I Love Lucy' type
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I really didn't like this book a lot at the beginning. The characters were mildly annoying and the story didn't really seem to make much sense to me. The story is about Ivy and her friend Matt who want to reunite this band called Chasing Eveline. Ivy is obsessed with both the band and the project, and I found her to be kind of irresponsible and I had the sense that she thought she was better than others because she did love this band. Matt is still caught up with his ex and won't stop talking ab ...more
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Chasing Eveline is a young adult contemporary by Leslie Hauser. This book felt so different than the books I normally read. It was like a breath of fresh air for me. Overall, I relaly enjoyed this book. It started out as a bit of a surprise for me because it was much more somber and melancholy in its' tone than I was expecting, but I quickly fell into the groove of the story and I really came to like to characters an
Ms. Foor
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this book and it is awesome. It combines a lot of what I love about YA literature: music, romance, and hilariously awkward situations. Leslie Hauser does an amazing job at telling a story that really captures the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA!
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Chasing Eveline is the story about Ivy, a teenage girl who still feels connected to her AWOL mother through the music of her mother’s favourite band, Chasing Eveline. This is what drew me into the story, as music is very important to me personally and I too have a favourite band, whose songs mean the world to me.

The present tense is not my favourite, but I do like the author’s writing style, simple and effective, and quite lyrical in places. Ivy is a very likable and well-explored narrator and t
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Chasing Eveline is...
- so full of love for music and rock/pop culture
- easy to relate to, especially if you were something of a misfit in your teens too
- very poignant, but at the same time, down to earth as well
- impossible not to feel for the characters, at least eventually

Chasing Eveline also...
- tackles heavy emotional subjects, like loss and PTSD, and how trauma makes you shut in from the world
- is about the desperate things you might do when you're really, really hurting
- is also about the
Amanda Hanson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute! Ivy is so awkward and relatable, her platonic friendship with Matt was perfect, and her relationship with her dad captured a lot of what I remember about high school. Plus, the music elements and Sean were both so lovely and so well-written. I got completely lost in this book. A must read - highly recommend!
Kester Nucum
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Thanks so much to the author for providing me an electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way.

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Chasing Eveline is a heartwarming Young Adult contemporary novel that will inspire you to chase your wildest dreams despite the obstacles that stand in your way. I could not put down this book so much that I finished it in an entire day, which only a few novels can acc
P.S. Malcolm
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Chasing Eveline Book Review

Note: I received a free eBook copy of Chasing Eveline by Pen Name Publish, in exchange for a review. However, the content of the review is 100% my own personal opinion.


Music fans— this one's for you!

Have you ever found an amazing band that you just adore, and you know other people would like it too if they just gave it a chance? Yep. That was me with K-pop back in high school. No matter what I did, or how many times I tried to get my friends to listen, they just wou
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This book wasn't anything special. I enjoyed it, but I don't think that I'll remember anything about it later. It was very underwhelming. I was expecting more from it. I wanted to be in love with the characters and invested in the plot from page one. That didn't happen. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read the rest of my review on July 24th. ...more
Dori Dupré
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Eveline tells a story of a 16 year old girl named Ivy, abandoned by her mother, now being raised by her father - himself, dealing with his own loss and abandonment. But when you're the parent, you don't get to quit just because life sucks. She maintains a connection to the love she holds for her mother through her mother's favorite band from the 80s, Chasing Eveline. All of the songs take her to a place with her mother, one where the memories are fresh and happy and in a place of peace. ...more
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
I liked that this didn't go the way I expected. This wasn't what I expected to read when I picked up the book, and even as I was going, the plot seemed to move in a clear direction, but then it went somewhere else. It was unpredictable, and I really enjoyed that about it!

I LOVED the music element in this book! It is very much a completely different style of music than to what I would listen to, but I just love people being passionate about music regardless of what it is. I love how much she love
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
“She said, ‘People don’t know what they like until they hear it. And that is the magic of music. Every song is a possibility, and all it takes is the right chord or the right beat and the heart is hooked.”

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins has been dealing with the absence of her mother for two years, ever since she walked out on her and her father. This had a deep impact on Ivy as well as her dad who had to find a way to carry on on their own. But with the passing of time, Ivy’s connection to her mot
Jess Houser (JJ Burry)
(I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. I do not know her, nor have I ever met her personally.)

Book Review: Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Single parent. New best friend. Lost identity. Ivy Higgins has a lot to learn in Leslie Hauser's new YA novel Chasing Eveline.

Ivy, a 16-year-old who still doesn't know where she wants to go for college, is lost after her mother walks out of her life. She seeks answers in the lyrics of her mom's favorite band, "
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Even though this book is a short one, it took me some time to get through it. Music is important to me and this book surprised me in how much it was entwined into the story, but overall, I can't say I loved this book. It was enjoyable and it made me smile quite often although most of the time, Ivy got on my nerves. It was the amazing cover that made me continue reading despite the struggles.

What I liked most about the story was how things never turned out the way I expected them to. I loved how
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a story for teen readers and some adults will also enjoy the story. 16 year old Ivy lives with her dad and has only 1 true friend, Matt. They both love music and Ivy in particular loves a group called Chasing Eveline. This band was her mother's favorite and mom left the family two years ago to find herself. This is a story of how Ivy, with Matt's help gets the band back together for a charity concert hoping her mother will show up. I liked the story but I prefer a more structured ending ...more
Chelsea DeVries
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is much like an earworm that gets stuck in your head and sticks with you long after you are no longer reading it. Every song has a possibility, and this book is by far, one of THE BEST, I've read in a while. It keeps you hooked and invested from the first line until the last and I will now list it as one of my favorite books of all time.
Priyasha Anand
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Morgan Smith
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fun read. It is the story of Ivy, a high school girl who is dealing with her mother leaving their family and her father's heart disease. She finds solace in a band, Chasing Eveline, that she used to listen to with her mother. This is the story of Ivy's quest to reunite the band for a comeback reunion concert (every fan of a band will understand the urge) and how she and her friend Matt bond through their journey together.

One of my favorite parts of this books was the music
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love the 80's, 80's music, the movie Pretty in Pink, Back to the Future, Sixteen Candles, or just want an amazing read, check this book out! Made up of friendship goals, great movie quotes, heartfelt moments, and hope, it will leave you tapping your feet to its melodic tune!
As I'm writing this review, I am quite pleased to say that I pulled an all-nighter to read chapters 8-20, and it was worth it. The detail, the emotion, the "what if's?", and the appreciation for music is what hooked m
Wendy C
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Leslie's debut novel was amazing! With young adult themes of Ivy and her love for the band Chasing Eveline. She goes on a mission to convince 80's band Chasing Eveline to play one last time in the hope of meeting her Mum.

With her Dads illness threatening to cancel the plans Ivy has to make the decision whether to go or not.

I loved Leslie's book, bringing me back to my love of 80s music.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! The mix of music and 80's movie references and high school today gave this book a really unique perspective that is relatable to almost everyone. I found my self laughing out loud at the thoughts that go through Ivy's head and reminiscing about growing up in Indiana myself. It was a touching book without being overly sentimental, which is a pitfall of many of the YA novels I've read. I was just so happy to read a good story, fall in love with the characters, and be sad to see ...more
AshleyA (MamaNeedsBooks)
I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this! It can be a bit slow in places, but overall it is a fun and realistic read. I thought the characters were relatable and likeable. You really wanted to root for them. The music references were awesome. I think this author has a lot of potential! Will definitely read more by her in the future. :)
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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(originally posted on The Writing Hufflepuff)

Chasing Eveline is such a refreshing, cute and realistic contemporary. While going in I did expect more of the book to take place in Ireland, I’m not disappointed at all. The road to get there was fun to read, and it made sense that it took a while. Plus it meant focusing on Ivy’s home life, her pain over her mom leaving them, her relationship with her dad and the friendship between her and her best friend Matt.

Ivy is desperately chasing Chasing Evlin
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
WOW, you all, my 1980s loving-heart is fully in love with this book. Chasing Eveline may take place in our world of skyping and cellphones, but this book definitely has all the best elements of a 1980s movie: teen melodrama, an underdog theme, great music, and a feel-good ending. This coming-of-age story will definitely fill your soul with nostalgia, warm fuzzies, and the appreciation of great music.

As the main character, Ivy, is highly focused on her mother abandoning her family. And instead o
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