One of my favorite parts of this books was the music scene. The author completely captured what it is like to have a band be a huge aspect of your life. A few years ago I was very immersed in the music scene. I was Ivy- listening to music on the bus, wearing band t-shirts to school, stalking band members on twitter, attending every concert I could. This book did a great job of showing that experience, the feeling of music completely capturing what you are feeling in a moment. It took me back to high school, in a good way.
I also thought that this book handled the family dynamics really well. Illness and abandonment are two of the hardest topics to write about in YA, because each of them are so personal. They are experiences that are completely different for everyone, and broaching the subject in a way that is both touching and realistic is a very challenging thing. I’ve only seen it done well a few times, but Leslie Hauser managed it wonderfully.
I also loved the setting/ Irish theme. I’m Irish and I just visited Ireland for the first time. It made me miss that trip so much. Leslie Hauser wrote Ireland so well, she really captured the magic. I remember when the plane first touched down and I saw all of those fields and hills, I knew there was magic in that country, and I felt just like Ivy in that moment.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It is a very touching coming of age story for any music fan, or anybody in general. I would give it an overall rating of 4.5/5, and I would certainly recommend it to a friend. Thank you all for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂
Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.
The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.
I am a YA writer and middle school teacher. I have a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California, with my dog Mr. Darcy.