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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chasing AllieCat

Chasing AllieCat by Rebecca Fjelland Davis

Pages: 277
Dumped with relatives in a small Minnesota town for the summer, Sadie Lester is relying on her mountain bike to save her from total boredom. Then she meets Allie, a spiky-haired off-road mountain biker who's training for a major race. Allie leads Sadie and Joe, a cute fellow cyclist, up and down Mount Kato, and the three become close friends. But the exhilirating rush comes to a hault when they find a priest in the woods, badly beaten and near death. After calling for help, Allie disappears from their lives.
As they search for Allie and try to find out why she left so suddenly, Sadie and Joe discover more about Allie's past, including her connection to the priest. Only on the day of the big race does Sadie finally learn the complete, startling truth about Alie -- and the terrible secret that forced her into hiding.

This plot was so intriguing. It just pulled me in and I couldn't put it down. This book was 277 pages of pure magic. I mean, I'm just stunned. The prologue was epic, and after reading the first sentence of the first chapter, I knew I was going to love this book.

In Chasing AllieCat, Sadie's parents are in Egypt for the summer, and she and her younger brother are staying with her aunt and uncle in a small house full of kids. As she's riding around town and in the woods on her mountain bike, Sadie meets Allie: a sixteen-year-old girl who is 150% muscle with white spiky hair, lots of piercings, and a mountain bike finatic. After a few days, Sadie learns that a distant relative will also be joining them. Joe. He is a smoker and a mountain biker. Sadie is instantly drawn to him. He is cute, yet there is something about him that he isn't telling Sadie. When Allie signs all of them up for a race, they start training. But, one day while they are training, Joe falls and practically lands on top of a body. When Allie recognizes the body, and the fact that the man isn't quite dead, Allie leaves to call the cops. And she never returns. Sadie and Joe have to find Allie to make sure she's safe. And in doing so, they will uncover the deepest secrets of Allie's past, putting them all in danger.

I don't know which character I liked better. Sadie or Allie. Sadie was sweet and caring for everyong around her with a passion for mountain biking, but if it weren't for Allie she wouldn't have had the courage to continue. Allie was so strong and brave and I can only dream of being that courageous.

Overall, this is one of my favorite books, there's no doubt about it. The plot was so suspensful that my jaw hurt from clenching my teeth. My heart was pounding and I thought that with every turn of the page something was about to happen. If you've never read Chasing AllieCat, add it to your TBR lists!

Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

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