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Sunday, September 9

Review: Chasing the Skip

Title: Chasing the Skip
By: Janci Patterson
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
(October 2nd, 2012)

My Copy: Review Galley from Publisher
BookWhisperer Rating:
3 Books

More about this Story:
Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.

            Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.

I don't really know what it was that I expected from this story, but I am just so darn frustrated that this wasn't it. I have been anxiously awaiting Chasing the Skip for months, but I discovered very shortly into it that I was in for a surprise.  I think what I expected from the synopsis would have been more of a romance with a young girl and bad boy skip that just happened to cross paths. What it seems I revealed actually was a head strong little girl that has had a rotten life. For years her father has been absent while working as a bounty hunter, but as of three weeks ago she is now traveling along side him after her Mother suddenly abandoned her with her Grandmother. This just dives right into the very dangerous and sketchy development of Ricki's situation. Being a fifteen year old girl; she is naive to the world and the true nature of criminals. When her Dad agrees to pick a young man with pretty hefty charges everything seems to spin out of control.  This was not your good guy gone bad, or bad boy with a gentle side story. It was an all out desperate little girl, and a manipulative criminal. The story speeds through quickly, so it was no trouble to slide right through the end of the story, but I had just been hoping for something a little more exciting. 

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