After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she’s more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he’s been dead for years. Knowing he’s very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he’s Colby Taylor, the west coast’s biggest professional surfer.
If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she’ll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that’s been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn’t exactly what Haley imagined it’d be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
Haley is looking for more in life than just getting a degree that makes her parents happy after graduation. That’s why when she meets a stranger who shows her that life can be your own journey, she goes on one for herself to find him. The people she meets along the way, the memories she makes with them, and the truth she discovers, not only about life, but also about herself, is what she wasn’t expecting.
I really liked “Chasing Forever Down”. I thought that the underlying message of the story is one that a lot of readers will like and relate to. It’s not easy trying to find yourself, no matter your age, and I thought that Nikki did a great job at showing us the journey it takes to get there. If you’re a fan of “Paper Towns” by John Green, then I think you are especially going to like this book. It has that same depth of finding the meaning in life, and bringing your friends along for the ride.
I loved the secondary characters in this book. I found each one relatable, and even know a few of those personalities in real life 😉 Reading about them and how they tie in with Haley’s story was fun to witness, and I felt that they are what really made the story for me.
This book wasn’t just about romance or going on a road trip for the summer, it was about making a memory, discovering who you are, and making friends along the way. Good read 😉
Chasing Forever Down by Nikki Godwin = 4 stars