Chasing Forever Down is hands down one of my favorite reads this year. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into—I decided to read it because I enjoyed another one of Nikki’s novels—and I’m really glad I did. Who doesn’t love a fun, summer read about self-discovery and chasing down an idea that could ultimately change the path of your life? I know I do.
The novel follows Haley Sullivan cross country from North Carolina to California in search of a boy she discovers faked his death and changed his identity to become the West Coast’s most famous surfer. When she reaches California, home of the untouchable Colby Taylor, she meets the guys who protect him and keep his secrets safe. What she discovers will change her path and lead her to go after her own dreams.
Being from Southern California, and living most of my adult life near the beach in San Diego, I found Nikki Godwin’s California setting of Crescent Cove to be believable. It reminded me of the times I used to hang out around fire pits, listening to the roar of the ocean, while hanging with friends. It reminded me of Encinitas mixed with Pacific Beach and Santa Monica. Besides the setting, the characters really came off the page. The connection Haley felt with Stricks, A.J., Alston, and Vin (who spoke like Vin Diesel in my head the whole time, haha) was well-crafted, and it felt like they were my friends, too.
What I enjoyed most was how the romance was unexpected, and it slowly grew throughout the novel until the ending. The majority of the novel revolved around friendship and how it morphs and changes, fades and grows. Chasing Forever Down has lingered with me for days, and I look forward to reading the next novel in the series.
I recommend this novel to those who love young adult contemporary, beach reads, stories of self discovery and friendship, and also to those who need a feel-good novel. Also, at the time of this posting, Chasing Forever Down is Free!
About Nikki Godwin:
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she’ll never shut up. You’ve been warned.