Author: Lindsey Scheibe
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Release Date: May 8, 2013
Format: Paperback Edition
Goodreads Average Rating: 3.43
Age Group: 11+
Why Did I Choose To Read This Novel?
After reading Nikki Godwin's Chasing Forever Down, I think I became a sucker for surfing-romance novels.
One summer. Endless possibilites. I think that this little caption just explains it all for this novel. You really don't need a summary now, everything's all clear here.
Riptide was unbelievable. WHY?! Why did this all happen?! Not that I regret reading this, because I didn't.
In this awesome novel, we have Grace Parker, a girl who only has surfing on her mind. Her best friend, Ford Watson is her piggy-back, and together, they can accomplish anything. When Ford signs Grace up for a surfing competition, Grace has to practice and find the truth about her life, she has to get through that riptide that holds everything behind.
Starting from page one, I was hooked. Grace's voice was so realistic, I haven't read any book lately that's lead really connected to me, and that I pictured them fully. This is what the author did to me.
I kept flipping and flipping the pages, I never wanted it to end, and it did, way too quickly.
The last novel that made me cry was S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, and to me, that was a long time ago. Now, we have another novel that adds to the list, this one.
Since I felt Grace's emotions very clearly, going through her situation also went through my mind. Seeing how cruelly her parents treated her, of course I had to cry, not shedding a few tears, like full-blast crying. I couldn't believe that something like this happens to people all around the world, if your parents treat you like that, with high-pressure and expectations, of course you want to run away or go live with someone else. I just wanted to be with her, and tell her that everything would be okay, that she would have to keep surfing, and that eventually, the world would come to its right place. She has Ford, and that was all that mattered.
Since Grace's life depended on quotes, here's one that has inspired me today, and I know would for Grace as well:
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” -Douglas Adams
I think that I will remember this novel as the powerful, touching one that made me cry. Beautiful and inspirational.