Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: Chasing the Skip

Chasing the Skip
By: Janci Patterson
Release Date: October 2, 2012

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.

First let me start off by saying that this cover is really great and it intrigued me completely.  It's the reason I wanted to read the book.  I almost thought this would be a budding romance between the hunted and the hunter, but really I think this book focused more on family. 

We meet Ricki who is now spending time with her father because her mom left and hadn't come back yet.  He's a bounty hunter and decides to take her along after all he has to do his job.  During this trip they try and kindle a relationship that they never really had.  While on this job her father is out to get Ian, someone who is dangerous and not one of his usual skips, but he went with it anyway.  Ricki starts to feel a pull toward him but I don't think it has to do with anything physically just that he is not wanted by his family as much as she feels she isn't wanted by her family.

It takes a couple tries but eventually Ricki realizes that sometimes having something is better than having nothing.  Her relationship with her father is up and down in this book, especially when she decides to never follow his rules, but he's no better for putting her in this type of danger either.  It's all very much trying to fit two puzzle pieces together and they just don't go. 

The overall book was okay, not what I was expecting at all, was hoping it went a different way but still glad that I finally got a chance to read it.  Hope you will enjoy it if you give it a try. 

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