- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3351 KB
- Print Length: 349 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680584111
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (22 Dec. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01961KUUI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At the age of 6, young Adalynne Fairweather found herself completely enchanted with a green eyed boy who appeared in her backyard one day, sad and alone. From that moment on Adalynne promises to care for the boy whom she named Fox. Adalynne's life is one of privilege, but her precious moments are spent with Fox. It isn't until High School that Adalynne sees the other side to her Fox and she devastated to find out he doesn't feel the same way as her. Fox and Adalynne drift further and further apart as their lives continue on, but they continue to be drawn back to one another in desperate consuming ways. If only Fox would admit he is worth the love Adalynne can't help but feel for him before he is lost for good.
Overall, this novel was meant to be very emotional, but I felt a disconnect from the main characters and their connection seemed more hurtful than helpful. The snippets in the beginning show Adalynne and Fox interactions growing up, but it slowed the plot down, seeming almost pointless when the author has Adalynne flashback to the same moments later on in the story. Fox wasn't given a voice in the book, till the epilogue, so you lack any insight into his emotions other than his constant hot-cold reactions to his "Bee". Their relationship was tumultuous and raw, filled with memories of childhood affection mixed with new found adult yearnings. One problem I had was how every time Fox and Adalynne met up it was never just to talk, but always seemed to end in bed, which only perpetuated their misunderstandings and lack of stated love. The relationship seemed unhealthy to a huge degree, but since they never enter a "real" relationship no one in Adalynne's life seemed concerned for her trying to be involved in such a tattered relationship. So if you are looking for a book about a couple who found love as children but thought they weren't meant for each other because of life circumstances, you may like this book and I found it an okay read.
**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**
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As a sucker for coming of age stories, the moment I started this book I was instantly hooked.
A lovely friendship blossoms when young Adalynne decides to befriend the quiet green eyed boy the moment he wanders into her backyard.
“Adalynne was scared to let him go. There was something different about this boy that drew her to him. “How about…” Adalynne thought about what was befitting of the boy in front of her. She remembered when she was playing in her backyard and saw a fox peeking through the trees. It left as quickly as it came without a sound. She never told her mother for fear she wouldn’t let her play outside anymore. “Fox?” He could be her secret fox. Adalynne grew excited with her suggestion. “You remind me of a fox because you are quick, quiet and…beautiful.” The smile fell from her lips. “You don’t like it?” “No…I do…I like it,” he responded with a small smile, bringing her own back to life. “I like you,” she confessed.”
Soon they spend every free moment with each other, becoming inseparable. With spending quality time in the woods and sneaking into Adalynne’s window late at night, feelings start to develop. She was sure Fox shared the same feeling as her but when Adalynne surprises Fox with attending the same school as him her senior year, her heart gets split in two when he acts like he doesn’t know her.
Who she once thought was her friend for many years was now a complete stranger that passed by her in the halls, but that doesn’t stop Adalynne from always seeking out fox.
The push and pull from these two had my stomach fluttering with butterflies one minute to wanting to pull my hair out the next.
The only thing I wish differently about this book was to have a chapter on Fox’s POV. I so desperately wanted to be inside his head. To know all of his wants, needs, and fears. I wanted to know what he was doing when he wasn’t around Adalynne.
Such a cute story about two beautiful souls that loved each other from the moment they met.
Told in Adalynne's voice, albeit in the third person, we watch as Adalynne and Fox grow up, as their feelings for one another grow from secret friends to something more. Very rarely is Fox referred to as his given name, or even his stage name later on -- and I felt that with that clarification, with him being 'Fox', it showcased who Damon Knight truly was. Without Fox's voice, as reader's we are kept in the dark about the way Fox acts the way he does throughout their teen and young adult years. The epilogue, though, is told in his voice, so that was a nice little treat. I'm curious if Ms. McNeil would have interest in writing the story again/different aspects of the story in Fox's voice, as some author's choose to do (I just don't want to let these two go...).
Adalynne was the one to introduce Fox to music -- and that small introduction opened up a world for him he would not have had otherwise. Fox's home life was sad, yes, but as we learn, his desire for Adalynne's friendship was sweet and he fought for that bright spot in his early years.
While the story was extremely cute -- I could definitely re-read it again and again, and wouldn't mind seeing these two again someday -- I did feel that it was a bit longer than necessary. The first four or so chapters chronicle Adalynne and Fox's early years, from meeting and then into their senior year of high school, with two-plus year jumps. However, the author would often choose to have Adalynne remember things we had already read -- and rather than just remembering them, the scenes were almost written again in back-thought (example, we read when Fox gives Adalynne a necklace with a bee charm on it, and later when Adalynne is reminiscing, she states Fox gave it to her for such and such back during so and so -- 'the necklace Fox gave her when they were children' would have sufficed). Occasionally in the middle, Adalynne would refer to memories and the chapter would go into memory form, and I kind of felt that either Ms. McNeil should have put all of the early years in the beginning and not truly refer to them later, or put the memories in while she was thinking back on them as an adult (...if you catch what I'm saying. Does this make sense?).
I also became increasingly annoyed with Adalynne's continual pulling toward Fox. While I understood the reasoning, and that it was the author's way of choosing fate versus want, Adalynne came off as extremely needy.
Lastly, I was disappointed in Adalynne's father, but you can make your own judgement on that.
Regardless of the few annoyances, I truly did enjoy CHASING FOX. It had the ability to be a 5-star, if not for those few things.
*received a copy of the title from author in exchange for an honest review.