Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Riptide

By: Lindsey Scheibe
Release Date: May 8, 2013

Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.

When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition— the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?

When reading the description of this book I thought it had some really great potential and all though it didn’t meet all the needs I thought necessary to make this an amazing book it was a good read. If only for the surf lingo alone was interesting enough for me to read it all the way through, I just love surfers, they are so intriguing.

We meet Grace who is training to surf in a competition that will hopefully get her into her college of choice. But her parents have other ideas about her future, more in the field of the ivy leagues. They are very prim and proper and everything has to be a certain way, it’s all about the façade even though behind all that it’s anything but perfect. Grace’s father definitely has a bit of a temper problem and her mother is a complete doormat.

Ford is Grace’s best friend and helping her out with the competition, but at the same time he is also interning with her father at the law firm in hopes of one day becoming a lawyer who can help illegals stay legal in the country. He seems like a good guy and really likes Grace, but she keeps pushing him away. So he finds someone else who actually wants to be with him. It’s very back and forth between the two of them.

Towards the end of the books Grace really needs to make a big decision, whether she follower her dream of surfing or to follower her parents idea of what is going to be her future. It’s a hard decision for any kid to make, but sometimes you just have to do what makes you happy and deal with the consequences in the end. You really only have yourself you can count on in life and you have to make the best of it. That is one great lesson I think I got from this book. Sometimes you have to be selfish in life if you know it’s what the best is for you and those around you.

Overall the book was interesting and again loved the surfing in it. The cover is amazing, and I can completely picture the whole book while it’s happening in my mind. Although I wish there was more depth to the characters, seemed very straightforward with not enough background. Make sure you check the book out when it comes out.
I received this book from NetGalley and Flux Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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