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I present this week’s feature ARC without further ado…
Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser
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 of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left.
Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.
The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.
Okay, this book sold me on a few different things: ROAD TRIP, ROAD TRIP TO IRELAND, IRISH BAND, AND OH, I DON’T KNOW, IRELAND. I didn’t even care what it was exactly about but I was all, sign me up, pronto – I’m sure I’ll love it!
And loving it, I am! I started this a few days ago, and it is really good. The writing is beautiful, the way Ivy is dealing with her mother leaving is hauntingly realistic, and Matt is a perfect sidekick. And I don’t know about you, ladies and gentlemen, but how do you deal with music books?
Personally, I never feel music books get it right. How can you capture the feeling and beauty of music in words just right? But this book is actually doing a pretty good job! ❤
Super excited to dive right into the rest of it! And, you know, make it to Ireland. :O :O :O