Chasing AllieCat | Rebecca F. Davis
Paperback | 288 pp.
Sadie Lester has been dumped with relatives for the summer. Boredom seems inevitable in her small Minnesota town until she meets Allie—a spiky-haired off-road biker with incredible grace and speed. Training for the upcoming bike race, Allie leads Sadie and cute fellow cyclist Joe up and down Mount Kato—an exhilarating rush that pushes their limits. The fun ends abruptly when they stray off the trail and find a priest, badly beaten and near death. After calling for help, Allie mysteriously disappears from their lives.Brent’s opinion of the novel:
Just like the trash littering the beautiful river bluffs, there's something foul afoot. Creepy rednecks are prowling the woods, the same ones who ran Sadie and Allie off the road one night. It's not until the day of the big race that Sadie finally learns the startling truth about Allie, her connection to the priest, and what drove her into hiding.
I absolutely adored Rebecca F-Something Davis’s CHASING ALLIECAT. It was mysterious, funny, romantic, and intriguing. CHASING ALLIECAT combines all those things we readers love—unique characters, fast-paced plot, funny narration—perfectly, and makes an enjoyable read.
In CHASING ALLIECAT, Sadie Lester’s parents are spending the summer in Egypt. Where does that leave her? With her aunt, uncle, and eleventybillion cousins in Minnesota. The only thing keeping Sadie from putting a gun to her head is her bike. One day, while riding through the wooded trails, Sadie meets This Awesome Chick. This Awesome Chick’s name is Allie. But I like ‘This Awesome Chick’ better, so we’ll call her that.
As Sadie spends more time riding with Allie, the two become fast friends. Sadie’s summer has finally become bearable—fun, even. The two start preparing for a biking marathon/tournament-type thingy, and bond over their love of bikes and sweat and riding until your sides hurt. One day, while biking, a dead priest slaps them in the face (not literally). The girls are shocked—Allie, most of all. After confirming that yes, he is dead and in the middle of the woods, Allie runs off to get the police. But she doesn’t come back. Sadie has to dig deep to find out who, exactly, Allie is, and why she ran off so suddenly.
I knew I was going to love this book from the first chapter, when giggling little kids start repeating bad words. “’He said holy shit.’" I’m still laughing about that.
Sadie was the perfect narrator for this story. I liked her from the very beginning, where I saw how cool and easy-going she was. Though I’m not sporty AT ALL, from reading through Sadie’s point of view I could see how much she loved biking—how special it was to her. I really understood why she was so bummed at first about spending the summer away from home. Summers are my life. I’d be pissed off if my mom dumped me in some foreign land.
CHASING ALLIECAT isn’t all romance and bikes and ooh, a dead priest. There are some sad, tough topics in the novel that completely shocked me and added to the story’s depth. The whole story is: I loved CHASING ALLIECAT, and think you will too.
Related: Rebecca Fjelland Davis is donating $1 to GlobalGiving, a nonprofit organization, for each meaningful comment. So yeah, dear reader. Be meaningful.