Review: Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry
Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.
Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.
Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.
This is a book with dark or sad themes. Kids that have made hard choices from hard backgrounds. Also mentions drugs, drinking, violence, and alludes to sex. It is a young adult book, but if you think it's too much, ask parent's guidance.
Publishes in US: July 1st 2015
Genre: ya contemp
Source: Harlequin TEEN/Netgalley promotion
Disclaimer: I received this book for free as a promotion for ordering Nowhere But Here. I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
Series? Yes. Pushing the Limits #5
#1 Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
#2 Dare You To
#3 Crash Into Me
#4 Take Me On
#1.5 Breaking the Rules
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I have been wanting to read Abby's story since I first read about her, and was super excited at the promotion for this. I love McGarry's writing, characterization, romance and the growth of the characters. She gives us these flawed people with dark pasts and makes me love them, and also see life through another set of eyes, that I may have never experienced something like that, but it feels authentic, and helps me to appreciate other backgrounds, and that people have reasons, there is dark and light in us all.
Abby and Logan had some awesome chemistry right away, but what else would we expect? They play games with one another, playing off the other's addictive personality.
Logan has a secret, his diabetes (we find out in first couple of pages), but he doesn't want anyone to know, and has kept it from even his closest friends. He is seeking out the next thrill, adrenaline rush, and over the summer it is playing with the band. The baseball coach is talking to him, trying to convince him to join the team, but he is reluctant. He is good at it, but he just wants some time off. I come to realize his reasonings for taking the chances that he does, and I can understand that. His growth, especially in beginning to understand that there is a difference in who you are and what you do (as far as job, disease, background) are different although related, and that though he'd went through a lot of things, guitar, baseball, etc, that he still had a strong idea of what kind of man he's growing into.
The inclusion of his parents also showed a lot, you can see where he got a lot of his characteristics. They are pretty opposite and no longer married, but they are still friends, and they still come together especially for Logan. He thinks that he got the worst of their traits, but comes to realize that its not just one characteristic that makes up a person, there are good and bad in everyone, and that you have to make the best of it, and make the best choices for your life and the ones that you love.
It takes a while to get to the heart of Abby's motivation besides needing money. She maintains the tough girl, not letting many people in. But we do get to see a sense of vulnerability in her friendship with Rachel, and more and more as she lets Logan in a bit at a time. And of course, we get her perspective so we get to see what she is made up behind the mask that she wears with so many people.
I love the depth that develops with both characters. Not only do they realize things about their motivations, who they are and what they want to do with their lives, but also about how to let others in and that accepting help doesn't make you weak.
Both had to make some very hard decisions, but I love how persistent Logan is, that he never gives up on her, and how she asks him the hard questions that he needs to hear from someone besides his parents. I like that they drew out the best in the other, and let them show where they aren't as strong, and that is okay too.
I love the way that these books show not only parents and siblings can come in so many different forms, the importance of grandparents, which I love when that is highlighted in books. But also that you can chose your friends, and that it makes you stronger when you fully let others in, let them help, and get different perspectives.
The ending was sweet and perfect, and for quite a while I didn't know how Ms. McGarry was going to get them there.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Are you more like Abby only letting a few into inner circle, or are you able to let more in?