Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry – Book Review

ciBlurb from goodreads:

Tough and independent, 17-year-old Abby lets very few people into her inner circle. It’s common knowledge in her Kentucky town that she deals drugs, but not even her closest friends know why. But when a deal goes south and Abby’s suddenly in danger, she finds herself reluctantly forced to lean on daredevil Logan—a boy whose restless spirit matches her own.

Logan has his own reasons for wanting to keep Abby at arms’ length. But he never expected to find in her the one person who might help him face the demons he’s tried so hard to run from.

Together, Abby and Logan will have to make a decision: let their current circumstances weigh them down forever…or fight for the future they both thought was impossible.

My review:

In a number of ways, I really enjoyed this much more than Nowhere But Here. I was back with the original cast, with Noah, Ryan, Beth, Isaiah, and others making an appearance. I was already invested in Logan from the moment I met him in Dare You To. Abby is different. I didn’t feel completely attached to her like I did Logan, but it was nice to see her story.

I would say this has less heated moments than what is typical of a Katie McGarry story. It didn’t detract for me in any way, but some people may be disappointed. The angst is there, the tension, the drama. It’s definitely a McGarry book.

When I stumbled across Pushing the Limits two years ago, I was floored. It was such a good YA novel. I was in love. Completely, Excited about a new author to read. Dare You to solidified my reader crush. But after that, the books didn’t seem as satisfying. I don’t think it’s really anyone’s fault. McGarry is writing a certain type of story, a genre, a set-up if you will. Two teens, one from the good side of town, one from the bad; but they have a lot of similarities and fall in love. And there be a lot of angst. And everyone is beautiful.

Nothing wrong with that formula. To me, it’s much like reading Nora Roberts. I like her stories. I find her set-ups atmospheric and I look forward to her new series, and books whenever they come out. But I never expect anything new. It’s often the same thing. Which again, is fine. It’s the reader’s expectation that makes or breaks a book (a lot of the time, there are exceptions to every rule). I expected more when I started reading Katie McGarry. I wanted new things, new words. That’s not what was offered. The books are still solid. Still romantic, angsty and absorbing (I tend to always read her stories in one sitting).

So I have to accept that. That my hope for a character not to be perfect-looking (one reason I really miss Echo and her scars) will be unfulfilled. That the knight in shining armor guy complex will always be present. All of those things are not a problem. Sometimes they totally work.

Logan is a great character. I just expected his secret to be a little more intense. I don’t mean to be unsympathetic, but it didn’t fit with the intensity of Abby’s issues. It felt incongruous. Also, <spoiler> I get that Abby has a big role due to her dad, but selling marijuana really seems mild. Hard to take the threats toward her seriously. </spoiler> I’m glad she wrote about Abby and Logan, because I wanted to know their stories.

I really don’t know how to end this thing.

*** out of 5

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