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Chasing Spring

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  2,947 Ratings  ·  402 Reviews
I thought I'd left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn't belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn't listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too g ...more
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published February 1st 2016
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Nicole I love this haha. He was all I kept picturing every time "Chase Matthews" was said in this book!

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Colleen Hoover
May 23, 2016 Colleen Hoover rated it it was amazing
One time R.S. Grey came to my house and spent the weekend. It was around the time this book released and I could tell by the way she cleaned up after herself and had good manners that this was a good book.
When I finally read the book, I was right. Does that make me psychic?
One time I was in New York and I went to a psychic with my cousin. The psychic was very vague, which reminds me of these socks I bought once while I was in Dallas. They say, "I have vague feelings about whatever."
Those sock
3.5 Stars!!


You know…I love nothing more than a versatile author and with this novel Rachel proved than she can write any kind of romance. “Chasing Spring” is not a light, fluffy romantic comedy and it was not like the other books I’ve read by this author. It deals with more serious issues and has a ‘nice’ doze of angst and drama. It’s a story written in dual POV about life, grief, friendship, love, moving on and last but not least finding peace and finding yourself.

"Does the ending even matte
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 30, 2015 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

Such a beautiful,intense and emotional story.I have read all of Rachel's books, but this one was different. Its so nice geting to see another side of Rachel! And now I can officially say that I would like to read more books from her in this genre.


This is a YA book that dealings with some heavy issues.Lilah, our main heroine is haunted by her past.She has a lot of insecurities and she doesn't open up easily .Especially now that she is back in her hometown and has to live under the same
Jan 28, 2016 Beverly rated it it was amazing

It isn’t a secret that Chasing Spring wouldn’t be your typical R.S. Grey book. It wouldn’t have her signature humor, lightness and sexiness, but you should still read it! I love her other books, like 5 star love, but this book is more to me. I don’t know Rachel personally or even a little bit, but I am always impressed when an author is brave enough to go against the grain and write what they feel. I only say this to say, I highly recommend you giving this book a
4.5 Stars

From beginning to end, this book was perfect! The writing beautiful and the execution flawless.

I've read two of R.S. Grey's previous books and loved them immensely! So naturally, I jumped on the chance to read her newest novel, 'Chasing Spring'. Whereas her other work has a lighter tone and what I would classify as Romantic Comedy, 'Chasing Spring' deals with some heavier topics and is surprisingly refreshing. I love the heavy. The heavier the better. Bring on the FEELS! 'Chasing Sprin
Dec 09, 2015 Catarina rated it really liked it
4 Spring Stars.

Lilah is a girl troubled by her past and is afraid that her choices will eventually make her repeat her mother’s mistakes.
Chase is a boy with some family issues, and he’s currently living in Lilah’s house. They grew up together and fell in love together, until Lilah went away.
Now she’s back and Chase is living in her house, and Chase is decided to bring the Lilah he used to know back.
But how can one person let go of the past and become her true self?


Let me be very honest, do
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Nov 30, 2015 Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads rated it really liked it
"My family's secrets had been plucked, pressed, preserved, and put on display.
It wasn't fair that everyone knew my secrets but I didn't know theirs. The scales were tipped in their favor, and since I couldn't erase the secrets on my side, it was time to start weighing down theirs."

It's been about a week since I read Chasing Spring and I'm still thinking of it. To be honest, I'm not sure why I was so taken aback by this book. I mean, the author implored her readers that this was DIFFERENT from
Vilma's Book Blog
Jan 06, 2016 Vilma's Book Blog rated it really liked it
“This was our story and happy endings are few and far between.”

With her latest, Author R.S. Grey indelibly proves that not only can her words make us lose it in a fit of giggles, but they can also make us feel as tears threaten to fall. Chasing Spring was an evocative coming-of-age tale of two high schoolers who have gone through more than most should at their age. Theirs is the kind of story that makes your heart ache as all its layers unravel, revealing the rawness of a reticent, but resound
Feb 05, 2016 Michelle rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
I really liked this one but the abrupt ending left me unsatisfied.
Lilah and Chase's moms are best friends. They do everything together so it was only natural that they are pregnant at the same time. Lilah and Chase grow up together and are best friends until something tragic happens and Lilah leaves to go live with her grandma. She leaves everyone behind and is very closed off. With a few months left of her senior year Lilah has moved back home. She doesn't want to move back there but
Mar 12, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

R.S. Grey is the author I run to whenever I need a pick-me-up book. Are you having a shitty day? Well, read one of her books and I assure you that she will chase away the sadness for a few hours.

So, what was my reaction when I read that she was writing an emotional YA book?


This book was totally different from her other books, but I love when authors get out of their comfort zone and explore different genres.

This is the story of Chase and Lilah, who have been friends forever. Unfo
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 07, 2016 Jacqueline's Reads rated it liked it
3 Healing Wounds and Searching for Peace Stars

Chasing Spring reminds me of Jessica Sorensen books. There’s teen angst, tension filled drama and someone is always in the deep end. I think Chasing Spring works for a lot of people, you just have to go into it with the right mind set.

Chasing Spring is a descriptive book with a lot going on. It’s a Young Adult book with zero steam, but it has a lot of heart. I love teenager angst, so you have to take it for it is. It’s about two young adults overcom
Violina The Romance Lover


Dec 12, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
Wow! Such a different story from R.S. Grey, but I loved it. Because I've decided to read all of her books, I didn't even stop to read the blurb, so I was surprised, in a good way, to see her move away from romantic comedy to cover a much more serious topic like addiction. She continues to prove how talented she is and I couldn't be happier.

Lilah Calloway left Blackwater, Texas two years ago to live with her aunt, thinking she had safely ran away from her past. But when her aunt has to move, she
Bex (Night Owl Reader)
Nov 30, 2015 Bex (Night Owl Reader) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-february, arc, ya

★★ 4.5 stars! ★★

Chasing Spring

Chasing Spring is actually my first book by RS Grey. I know that she is typically a romantic comedy writer, but I am actually glad I got to start with a story that is heavier and more serious. This book is both intense and emotional, but also beautifully written and amazingly wonderful. There are so many secrets to discover in it's pages, and I couldn’t wait to learn about each one.

Speaking of secrets, they are a huge part of Lilah’s life and the center of the story. When tragedy
ARC provided by the author in favor of an honest review.

Lilah Calloway is obsessed with secrets, and when she has to go back home, she finds the perfect opportunity to find out everyone's secrets.

"I love secrets and i'm good at finding them. For the least two years, I've learned to collect secrets one by one because secrets are flames and no place deserves to burn more than my small town." - Prologue of Chasing Spring.

Before I start talking about the book, I want to talk about how Rachel's wri
Alia Ros
Jan 18, 2017 Alia Ros rated it really liked it
“Sometimes life is too short for explanations.”

This story can totally be related to our generation. Like this is the real shit ppl are facing in the real world, not so covered up lovey dovey stuff all the time. I absolutely understand where her place is in this book, and i could relate to her problems and worries.
This was a change of scene for me and an eye opener that not everything in this world is perfect and that was just have to move on and prepare for the future hopefully something better
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Dec 09, 2015 Tracey (Life and Literature) rated it really liked it
I read my first R.S. Grey novel back in December of last year and immediately fell in love with her way of writing. There was a real wittiness and humour to the book that I loved. When offered the chance to read an ARC of Chasing Spring I jumped at the opportunity. If I thought I was in for the same type of book then I was clearly mistaken.
Lilah and Chase have been friends since childhood, so they have a long history together. But events forced them apart and drove Lilah to move out of town, an
Jan 06, 2016 Jasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sports
I really love R.S. Grey, but sadly this wasnt her best book.
I'm so glad that I started my journey with her book Scoring Wilder, it was far the best book I've read of hers.


" Just because a bad thing has happened, it doesnt mean the world is going to stop hitting you"
This is a fact... a fact we should all consider. You may fall over and over again thats life and you have to deal with that, but always get up show life that youre not scared that youre ready to battle every time it knocks you dow
Veronika's ReaderFeeder
Nov 29, 2015 Veronika's ReaderFeeder rated it it was amazing
5- Not The End, The Beggining- Stars



Wow. I’m so emotionally devastated right now! I knew that this will not be the typical Rachel Grey book, but I didn’t know that it will break me into little pieces. It was really different from anything I’ve ever read from her before and this wasn’t, for sure, an easy reading but it was an unforgettable one.

Lilah returns to her home town for the last semester of her senior year in high school. She left two years ago afte
Jun 15, 2016 Irmak rated it really liked it
Birkaç gündür yaşadığım bir takım şeylerden dolayı oldukça huzursuz günler geçiriyorum. Ve bu kitap bu günlerin tam üzerine geldi ve sonunu okuduğumda yüzüme buruk bir gülümseme kondurdu. Hepimizin hayatının bir gün bir yerde yoluna gireceğine dair bir umut serpti içime. Ama yarın ama bir yıl sonra.
Kitabın kapağına bakınca cıvıl cıvıl bir kitap bekliyor insan. Fakat bu kitap cıvıl cıvıl değil. Hüzünlü bir kitaptı. Karakterler hüzünlüydü.
Lilah çoğu zaman tahammül edemediğim bir karakter oldu. E
Mar 15, 2016 Kierstan rated it really liked it
RS Grey is fast becoming one of my must buy authors. I loved taking a break from her usual new adult romance, for a darker ya story.

This book is heart breaking. It deals with a lot of issues that we don't normally see in a contemporary YA read. It deals with loss, drug addiction, murder, and coming to terms with ones past. The story of Lilah and Chase is so entwined with the story of their mothers. It makes for a rich and emotional read.

The story is told in dual perspective in the past and pre
Three Chicks
Jan 28, 2016 Three Chicks rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!
Review by Lisa Kane

Lilah Calloway is going back to Blackwater, Texas. She's been living with her aunt in Austin for the last year and a half, but her aunt has to go away and there's no way that Lilah's dad will let her finish her senior year in high school living by herself. She left town when her mother died and she wants no parts of going back. Blackwater is full of deception and hypocrites and liars.

Blackwater, Texas-Population: small.

As if things couldn't get worse, her father, wh
Lisa (Lost in Literature)
Jan 02, 2016 Lisa (Lost in Literature) rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, 2016, crc2016
Lilah is a bit of a mess. She’s back in Texas living with her father, the school’s baseball coach, while grieving the loss of her mother. She has quite a bit of guilt over the death of her mother, and she’s having trouble working through it. Chase Matthews, the golden boy, star baseball player, and Lilah’s former best friend, ends up moving in with her and her father, throwing her emotions into a spin. Lilah and Chase have a past… a past that involves their mothers and some very dark activity. C ...more
Jan 04, 2016 alyssa rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for and honest review*

Last night I finished Chasing Spring. I fell in love with this book. I can honestly say that I wasn't expecting what I read after reading the synopsis. It was a heavy read but I think everyone knows by now that I LOVE heavy reads. I've only read With This Heart by Rachel and you can automatically tell this is a different side of her writting.

My favorite character had to have been Lilah. She was so strong yet so fragile. She had her inner
Kitaba başlarken bunu hiç beklememiştim. Anlamsız olduğunu bilmemize rağmen kafa dağıttığı için okuduğumuz kitaplardandır diye düşünmüştüm ama öyle değil. Özellikle o rengarenk kapağa hiç inanmayın.
Geçmiş insanın üstüne yapışır kalır ya, sırf o yüzden tekrar denemek istemezsin. Ama denemek gerekir, ki bu kitapta da ne kadar sürerse sürdün denemek gerektiğini gördüm. Basit bir gençlik romanı değildi. Eğer yazın okunacak akıcı bir kitap arıyorsanız bence diğer anlamsızlıklarla zaman kaybedeceğini
Natasha at Book Baristas
Jan 04, 2016 Natasha at Book Baristas rated it it was amazing
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I knew going into this book that I would fall in love with CHASING SPRING, I just didn’t know I would fall this hard. This YA contemporary is secretive, surprisingly thrilling, and complex. I loved how there were equal parts darkness and light to the story line, and to the characters.

“It wasn’t fair that everyone knew my secrets but I didn’t know theirs. The scales were tipped in their favor, and since I couldn’t erase the secrets on my sid
Feb 04, 2016 RitaSkeeter rated it liked it
This ended up a different read to what I was expecting. That's not a bad thing; just not what I was expecting.

I'd read another book by this author - With This Heart - which I enjoyed. It was what I think of as fairly typical NA fare - there is a more serious issue at play, but this takes a secondary role to the romance (and the sex, NA always has sex).

Being brain fatigued from work and some other heavier reads, I thought I'd give this book a whirl expecting it to be in a similar vein. I was wron
This is my first read by this author and I loved it! A truly enjoyable and beautiful read that pulled out all the feels! For an author who usually brings us the very best RomCom, Grey kicked up the intensity as well as the angst in CHASING SPRING. I have TONS of R.S. Grey books on my TBR, but this one stood out for some reason, so it jumped to the top of the list. Since this was something new and different from Grey, I was on the same as everyone else and didn't know what to expect. It's safe to ...more
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