Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review: Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson

Monday, October 1, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Series: Standalone
Website: http://www.jancipatterson.com/books/
Source: Received from publisher
Challenge: DAC
Chasing the Skip
It seems that everyone is always leaving Ricki. Her bounty hunter dad has been absent her whole life, until he has to take over when her mom ditches her. One of the people her dad picks up is a boy around her age, a good-looking smart mouth named Ian. He's dangerous, which makes him interesting, and his dark eyes seem to make her want to rebel. Will Ricki realize she's in way over her head before it's too late?

I can't say I disliked this book, but it's certainly not a favorite. The premise has so much potential- bounty hunting, forbidden love, broken families. It sounded like this would be packed with drama and tension (both suspenseful and romantic), but what I got was a slightly unrealistic novel focused mainly on the protagonist's angst.

Yes, Ricki certainly has a lot to be upset about. Her family life is an absolute train wreck, so it's not as if I don't see why she acts the way she does. However, I wish that she, as the narrator, wasn't so aware of that. Few people in real life recognize that they have problems, let alone realize the source of them. There was far too much telling without any real showing- the reader doesn't have to think at all. Also, Ricki lacks common sense, which personally, is one thing I can't tolerate in a protagonist. And considering that she's essentially raised herself, she should really have more street smarts.

As far as the other characters go, I wasn't here or there with Ian. He's more of a plot device than a fully fleshed-out character. I did really like Ricki's dad as he has some of the smartest dialogue in the whole book. I felt he was realistic and fully-developed. His lessons about bounty hunting were really interesting, too.

Chasing the Skip is definitely a quick read. (I finished it in a few hours.) The chapters are short, making it even easier to fly through this novel. Maybe it was a little too short, though, because I felt it lacked depth. While it was entertaining enough overall, I expected much more.
*2.8 stars*
A little note: I have to say, I do love the cover on this one! 
Has a book ever fallen short of your expectations? 

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