Chasing Eveline, by Leslie Hauser

downloadSixteen-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 of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.

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 keep reading.

The characters were subpar. I think that they could have been way better. I was prepared to fall in love with Ivy and Matt and I just . . . didn’t. I tried really hard and it took roughly 50 pages to actually connect with anyone. And it really wasn’t a strong connection. I should probably be ashamed but I’m not. The characters didn’t really change over the course of the novel, and nothing really interesting happened to them. They just tried to go meet a band, and while trying to do that, made big fools of themselves. 

The plot was not that bad. Things happened, just not what I wanted to happen. The visit to Ireland was basically a chapter and a half. I wanted it to be more. I think that the book should have been longer. Way longer. I also think that the plot could have had a little bit more action. All the characters did was talk about their lives and plan to go see the band. I think that the plot could have been way better. 

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The setting was pretty good. It was definitely the best part of this book.  And that wasn’t hard to achieve. It was pretty basic. There was only the house, the school, and the hospital. That was pretty standard. There was not very much backstory but I don’t think that it was needed. I honestly think that this book could’ve been way better. It wasn’t terrible. It just wasn’t anything special.

This book wasn’t like I expected, in a bad way. It was really forgetful and nothing of interest happened until the last chapter and a half, and even that was downplayed. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. I got the summary from Goodreads. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Book Rating: th (52)

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