Title: Chasing Forever Down (Drenaline Surf #1)
Author: Nikki Godwin
Date of Publication: March 14, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA romance with sports
After seventeen-year-old Haley Sullivan meets a mysterious stranger who plays by his own rules, she's more than determined to learn every trick of the trade from the master himself. But her dream-chasing mentor disappears after that night, and according to the local newspapers, he's been dead for years. Knowing he's very much alive, Haley enlists best friend Linzi to join her on a scavenger-hunt-style road trip that ultimately lands them in the surf town of Crescent Cove, California. Mystery guy is no mystery here, though – he's Colby Taylor, the west coast's biggest professional surfer.
If Haley wants to talk to the wave rider again, she'll have to get past his four intimidating bodyguards who are highly skilled in the business of sending starstruck fangirls back to where they belong. Haley is up for the challenge if it means chasing her dreams and escaping the perfectly corporate future that's been planned for her. But dealing with these bodyguards isn't exactly what Haley imagined it'd be. Sure, being thrown off a jet ski sucks, but falling in love with one of them might just be worse.
I recount pieces of last night for Mom when I get home, leaving out the part where I snuck off with a stranger, and drill her on the families with college-aged sons. She digs out the last edition of the “corporate yearbook” and wishes me luck on finding him. Even if he’s in this book, it’s five years old and may fail me. Still, this is my only option right now. As I thumb the pages, I realize the A’s are unpromising, full of daughters and much older children. The B’s provide the same results until page twenty-seven. Burks.
He’s not the same disheveled emo-boy-wannabe from last night. He’s well dressed. And blonde. But his face is the same, down to the cheekbones and his jaw line and the way his smile does that crooked thing where it’s a little higher on the left side than the right.
I fold the corner of the page and slam the book shut. I can’t get downstairs fast enough to ask my mom. She’s standing at the stove when I burst into the kitchen.
“What do you know about the Burks family?” I ask.
I drop the book onto the table and flip back to their page, hoping the visual aid may help Mom with details other than what company the family owns or how big their house is. She doesn’t walk over to the table, though. A reminiscent gaze sweeps her face, and she says, “Oh, they’re nice people.”
That tells me nothing. “What about their son, Spencer?”
She turns toward me, sad-eyed and nostalgic.
“Spence,” she says. “They always called him Spence.”
“It’s him,” I say, pointing at his picture. “This is the guy from last night.”
This gets her to the table. She stares at the picture for what feels like too long, and I wait for her to say something, anything.
“Sweetie, there’s no way the guy you met was Spence Burks,” she finally says.
I shake my head. “I’m a thousand percent sure it was him.”
Mom shakes her head back. “It’s impossible, Haley. He died three years ago.”
My Review: *****
Haley goes on this cross country trip to find this guy who is supposedly dead. She follows a a gut instinct and a paper star. Getting to her final destination in California, she finds out that it would be practically impossible to get to Spence Burks/Colby Taylor. Haley, along with her best friend, go on an adventure with four guys and has to "friend" them just to get to Colby. During the next few days, she learns that Colby is not worth it and is a totally different person then the person she met that night before going on the trip. Friendships are made, love is found.
I have no words to describe how much I loved CFD except that I was not expecting it to turn out the way it did. You just have to read it to find out what all this is about and why I can't describe it in words. I can't wait for book two in the Drenaline Surf series.
About Nikki Godwin
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author from the southern USA. She is a city girl who can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she's not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.