When seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan is dragged to a corporate party with her parents, she's searching for one thing - the nearest exit. Instead, she finds a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules and chases his own dreams, and he's definitely cute enough to disappear with for the night. Convinced that he can help her escape the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her, Haley agrees to meet him the next day. However, Mr. Mysterious is a no show.
Determined to track him down, Haley enlists her best friend Linzi to help, but according to the local newspapers, the guy she met has been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley and Linzi follow clues on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California, where her mystery guy is no mystery at all. He's living as Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.
But talking to the surf star again is nearly impossible when he's guarded by a hierarchy of beach bums who are determined to send Haley back to the east coast. Haley is up for the challenge of submerging herself in their world, from wild summer nights and beach parties to ocean air and secret kisses in the dark, but when the lines blur between the ocean and the shore, she isn't so sure she's here for Colby anymore. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of these California boys might just be worse.
(This is book #1 of the Drenaline Surf series but can be read as a stand-alone novel.)
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About the Author
Nikki Godwin is a YA author. Her books are usually about surfers, musicians, or M/M romances. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she'll never shut up. You've been warned.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not just a surfing story--you will be dreaming of having your own endless summer. Imagine meeting a stranger who helps you realize that you are following the predetermined footsteps of someone else's plans. That's essentially what has happened to Haley when she meets Colby Taylor at her parent's business parent and when he fails to show up the next day, she will search for him across the country. The cast of characters in this novel are laugh-out-loud, crazy and all around great people. To drive across country with your best friend will either make or break the friendship. The group of guys is equally as amusing as they are a family for each other. This story is about being true to yourself, searching for your dreams and once figuring them out--having the courage to stand up for them. I do not know much about surfing as I am from the Midwest but I was neither confused nor lost interest in this aspect of the story. I was empathetic to Haley, feeling as though she had no choice but to follow what her parents wanted her to do. With this being the first book in the series, I am intrigued enough to want to continue on with the series--a good sign in my eyes!
It's official. I love this woman's books. I fell in love with her writing in American Girl on Saturn, and my love just grew after reading Chasing Forever Down. I really don't know where to start in telling you how awesome this book is. It had everything I want in a book. It was character driven, with an adorable romance and a great message. I seriously loved all the characters in this book. I loved that Haley followed her heart and went after her dream. She was a great character with a great heart. I really connected with her. And I loved all the new friends she made. Reed, the sweety, oh and AJ. He was crazy and adorable. I heart him so much. Oh and Vin. Yum! Oh oh oh and the Hooligans! Gah I loved them all! I loved how close knit the surf community is and how loyal they are to each other. And that brings me on to the surfing part of the book. I've decided that I want to run away to California and find my own surfer. I want to live in Crescent Cove and work in Drenaline Surf. Or work with Haley in her frame shop. Being surrounded by hot surfers all day is the dream ya know ;) But seriously I loved the book's message of going after what you want and following your heart. It has made me want to chase down my forever. I truly adore Nikki's writing. She describes things so beautifully, they just leap off the page. And I love how each book has a sort of symbol you can associate to them. For AGoS it was bleeding butterflies, and here it was paper stars. The story was jam-packed, there was never a dull moment. I sailed through it in no time because I just could not put it down. So yeah, I adored this book. It made my heat happy :) A definite must read! I cannot wait for book #2. Gimme gimme gimme!!
I could not put it down. I love this book . It was amazing the twist is the bestpart.
I received this book for an honest review from the author. Can I just say I'm super excited that she choose me for this. I loved this book from the first moment to the end. I loved how Haley kinda found herself on this little journey to track down Colby Taylor. The guys she meets once she gets to Crescent Cove are great. I enjoyed all of them except for Alston and Colby Taylor. Maybe because Alston wasn't included in it so much and Colby just seemed like a douche. I felt like Haley had a connection with all the guys. I loved all the guys and wish I had a Topher, Miles, Kale, Strick, Vin and AJ in my life. I'm going to always think of Topher when I see sugar cubes. And can I just say I thought of your sister when the girls ran into Emily on the strip. I loved this book and will def recommend it. Also this book made me smile, laugh and even get a little teary eyed. Can't wait to read the next book. I will definitely recommend this book to my friends
Thoroughly enjoyed this book