Chasing the Skip
By: Janci Patterson
Released: October 2, 2012
Source: ARC from publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle. Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules." (Summary from goodreads.com)
I really enjoyed Chasing the Skip and finished it one sitting. It was a quick and enjoyable read about family and it even takes you on a bit of an adventure.
Ricki is fifteen years old and has never really had much of a relationship with her father. After her mom leaves though she is stuck spending time with her father who is also a bounty hunter. He takes her along as he follows "skips" and brings them to jail. Ricki has a complicated relationship with her parents and is getting the chance to get to know her father now but it's not under any normal circumstances. Ricki was a really great protagonist because she was realistic. She is constantly taking notes about what she's observing and how her father does his job. She doesn't exactly like to listen to the rules her father gives her though. Then there is the young "skip" Ian who definitely made an interesting character.
The plot was fast paced and I enjoyed going on this adventure with Ricki and her dad. It was really a story about family and having a second chance. I loved how the relationship between Ricki and her father developed. I liked that the story was serious but it was also fun chasing after the "skips". It was somewhat predictable but still a few things caught me by surprise. Overall I think Patterson makes an excellent debut and I recommend Chasing the Skip.