Release Day Launch and Review – Chasing the Stars by J.D. Rivera

 

Synopsis

Mackenzie Blanchard’s life wasn’t easy; never had been, never would be. She thought things were looking up when she started yet another new school her senior year. She made friends and was enjoying life the best she could.

One friendship turned into something more, and just when she felt safe, things were ripped apart.

Hayes Morgan had never cared about anyone but himself. He was living the life he wanted, just having fun. He never dreamed that he would fall for the new girl in school.

What started out as a sweet friendship turned into something he never thought possible, until she vanished…

Their paths collide a year after they last saw each other, but they are both harboring secrets. Will they be able to trust and love each other again, or will the secrets rip them apart forever?

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I LOVE this story!!!  I can’t give it enough stars or stress how this isn’t a typical young adult romance story!

While this story starts out like some of the other typical stories you read, it grows into a plot that holds SO much more than what you expected.  Hayes and Mac are two high school students that lead very different life styles and are definitely from two different sides of the tracks in their small town.  Hayes is the typical football player jock that likes to party and sleep around.  Mac comes from a very rough home lifestyle but still works hard to succeed and be the best person she can be.  They finally overcome some fears and become the best couple you could hope for but then it’s shattered.

I can’t stress how much I loved Hayes and his personality throughout this story!  Of course, that’s after he meets Mac.  He goes against the grain and pursues the girl that isn’t what everyone else expects and follows his own path, which can be tough as a HS boy, especially in a public spotlight.

Mac, oh this poor sweet girl!  I HATE her parents but love her and her strength.  This entire story speaks volumes about how girls can survive and overcome some pretty terrible and serious obstacles in life even at such a young age.  Mac shows silent strength, hope, and grace in what she goes through throughout this entire story.  To me, she is the epitome of a heroine for females to look at and see that a bad situation or several bad situations do not define who you are and that you can be anyone you want to be.

I won’t lie, there were a few points you are like “OMG, why?!”  or “Seriously?!”  BUT, it makes it real.  No one I know led a perfect and stupid decision free life at 17-18 years old.  So, with that said, I love the realism in this story up to the last page.

This is a must read story and I promise you’ll love Mac and Hayes.

-Jamie

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.
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