Mar 10, 2011

CHASING ALLIECAT by Rebecca Fjelland Davis

8492290Published 2/1/11

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.
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.
Brent’s opinion of the novel:
   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.


Anonymous said...

This book sounds very deep, a little strange (just like life), and very inspiring. In other words: I want to read it now!

Lauren said...

Gotta say, when I saw the title and cover for this book I had no clue what it was about and I wasn't sold on reading it. Your review is AMAZING. They awlays are. And thanks to it I am going off to buy this book asap. Something besides paranormal romance will be very welcome in my reading list.

ZoeAlea said...

I read Chasing AllieCat last night and I was in awe after I read it. I honestly didn't expect to love it as much as I did.
I agree with everything you said in your review. I am probably the last person in the world who would bike as much as Allie, Sadie, and Joe- but this book totally made me want to go dust of my bike and get lost.

This is an awesome review for an awesome book.


Ashley said...

I'm about to start this one, and I loved your review! I can't wait to start it, and meet This Awesome Chick. :)

Corrine said...

I love your review for this one. I haven't heard much about Chasing Alliecat, but now I really want to read it. It sounds and looks so good! The "He said holy shit" sounds like it'd have me laughing too. :)

Anonymous said...

The book seems genuinelyhonest and it sounds like a good read. The way brent said soundsgreat. I mean a book that can be funny and deep and have all of these emotions surounding it.... it just sounds plain awesome. i'm going to read it immediately!

Rebecca (Becky) Fjelland Davis said...

Brent--Thanks so much for this awesome review for This Awesome Chick. I smile or laugh out loud every time I read it. THANK YOU!!

And thanks for all the comments. Makes me happy people are enjoying This Awesome Chick and Sadie and Joe so much!