"Chasing Nikki" by Lacey Weatherford is a heartwarming story about a teenage boy's struggles after the death of his father.
Chase Walker used to be a good kid. He was smart, and athletic and had a bright future ahead of him. But after the sudden death of his father, Chase turns to drugs and alcohol to mask his pain. When he gets arrested for underage drinking, his mother decides to move them to the small ranching town where she grew up. She hopes that her ex-military father might have a better influence on Chase. Chase is not happy about the move until he finds out that he can still tryout for the high school football team. When he meets Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won't give football players the time of day he figures she is worth the challenge of trying to change her mind. Chase comes to realize that Nikki is more than a pretty face - "she's a balm to his troubled spirit." But when tragedy strikes Nikki's life too, how will Chase be able to handle it?
I enjoyed that this book was told from Chase's point of view. It's refreshing to read a book from a male point of view for a change. Lacey Weatherford creates wonderful characters and is spot on in the age perfect dialogue. I also loved to see a mother character who actually acts like a loving, caring, sensible mother.
Lacey Weatherford tackles some hard hitting subject matters but does so with real characters in real situations giving realistic reactions. We get to see Chase grow and develop into a strong loving smart young man and though this story is heart wrenching at times, it is also filled with hope and love. My only complaint is that I did find a few slow parts that seemed to drag on just a little too long. Still overall I really enjoyed this book. Keep your Kleenex box close by though, because you will definitely need it.