Review: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Title: RiptideRiptide

Author: Lindsey Scheibe
 
Publisher: Flux
 
Source: Netgalley
 
Genre(s): contemporary fiction/romance; young adult; sports
 

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough.

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.

When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition—the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?

My Review:

Surf to your heart’s content. Chase your dreams.

Grace Parker needs to prove to herself, her family and the coach at UC San Diego that she’s good enough. 

Lindsey Scheibe weaves a tale about Grace’s hardships in terms of her family and how she comes to understand her feelings for her best friend Ford, who has wanted no one but her ever since he met her.

Every chapter starts off with a quote or a meaning of a surf term, which helped me a lot. Because, truth be told you sort of get confused with all the surfing if you have no idea before hand. Also it’s told from the point of view of both Ford and Grace.

This debut novel focuses on family ideals and coming out strong in terms of believing in yourself and your dreams. Bonus: it focused on domestic violence and I think that gave a real edge to the story.

I had fun reading the book! Summer read? YUP! Literally. But, you could read it any other time.

“Waiting On” Wednesday #29

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Silver

Silver
An Irish heritage, Celtic myth, and deadly beauty In eighth grade, Brianna did something so dreadful she was suspended and homeschooled. No one could explain what happened that night . . . except Brianna’s Irish grandmother, who gave her a silver charm bracelet and told her to wear it until she turned seventeen. Ever since she slipped it on, Brianna has felt like she’s invisible. People stare right past her as if she doesn’t exist. And that includes Blake Williams, the one boy she can’t resist. 

But everything changes in one frozen, silver moment when Blake sees her—and recognizes what she’s been hiding. Brianna is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth. Yet before she can fully understand who or what she is, Brianna accidentally binds her soul to Blake—whose tribe has spent the last thousand years hunting Danu’s descendants to protect humanity.

Expected publication: September 8th 2012 by Flux

“Waiting On” Wednesday #14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

This week, the theme is YA contemporary!

 

The List

The List

by Siobhan Vivian
An intense look at the rules of high school attraction-and the price that’s paid for them. 

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up. 

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

Expected publication: April 1st 2012 (first published 2012)
Pieces of Us

Pieces of Us

At home in Philly, Alex is angry. Angry at the dad who offed himself rather than stay around; angry at the mom who goes from one guy to the next without a thought for her family. Alex may be a player and a bully, but his little brother Kyle will do anything for his approval. 

At home in the suburbs, Katie is Miss Popularity, the golden girl that everyone expects too much of, the one who will always be the prettiest and best in her parents eyes, and everyone else’s. Her shy little sister Julie just wants a bit of the attention that Katie gets so easily. 

But during their summers at lake houses in Upstate New York, all four teens have a chance to leave their old identities behind. They can be anything here. 

Here, no one knows the truly disturbing nature of Kyle and Alex’s dysfunctional relationship. No one knows that the girl Katie pretends to be is a lie. Julie never worries that Kyle is only spending time with her to get to her prettier sister. And the secrets that are threatening to destroy each of them seem are safe. 

But secrets have a way of getting out…

Expected publication: March 8th 2012 by Flux

Love? Maybe

 Love? Maybe

by Heather Hepler
 Just because Piper’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day does not mean she’s a romantic. In fact, after watching her father and then her stepfather leave, she’s pretty sure she doesn’t believe in love at all. Then her friends concoct a plan to find them all Valentine’s dates, and somehow Piper finds herself with the most popular guy in school. But true love never follows a plan, and a string of heartfelt gifts from a secret admirer has Piper wondering if she 
might be with the wrong guy. In this heartwarming romance, true love is more than a…
Expected publication: January 5th 2012 by Dial

And that concludes this week’s “Waiting On” Wednesday post. You have got to let me know which genre books you want to see here next.