Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Review: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Title: Riptide
Author: Lindsey Scheibe
Author Info: Website|Twitter
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 8th May 2013

Tell Me About It
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 Thoughts
When I saw Riptide on netgalley it sounded interesting, and while I had not previously read a surfing book I wanted to read this one.  Grace Parker is a surfer, and along with her friend Ford, they surf every day.  When a competition comes up Grace jumps at the chance to enter it, hoping to get noticed and get a scholarship to UCSD,and with the help of Ford begins training for this event.  But unknown to Ford, Grace is hiding a big secret.

While Riptide starts out nice and relaxed, its not long before we find out what Grace's secret it, and when I found out what it was I felt so sad for Grace. She is basically living two lives, keeping her family life separate from the rest of her life, not even Ford knows what her secret is.
Riptide was not what I expected but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did not expect to feel what I did for grace, there are a few characters that are brave for being heroic, but Grace is brave (and stupid) for dealing with what she has to deal with and putting on a brave face for others.

Ford was the perfect friend for Grace, although the pair of them are totally blind to what the other person feels and this caused some tense moments and a lot of jealousy from both of them towards the other, however they do have their disagreements and silly moments where they don't talk.  I admire him for still going to see Grace at her competition, and for also being there for her when she finally reveals the truth, he literally stops at nothing to get to her.
I love his family, how welcoming and friendly they are, and also how well they work as a family unit.  They treat Grace as one of them and also drop everything to help her in her time of need.

The secondary characters brought into the story were just as rememberable, Brianna for turning out to be not what I expected, Damien for showing a more caring side to the front he puts up when surfing, Hop for trying to do what is best for others. Each character just adds to the story and makes it that much more enjoyable.

Riptide was a great read from start to finish, and while I can't relate to Grace in what she is going through, Lindsey Scheibe has managed to make me feel a wealth of emotions, sadness, helplessness, nervous, worry, happiness and excitement and I would not hesitate to pick up more of her work in the future.

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