Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser
Genre: Young Adult
Chasing Eveline fitted into July’s book club’s theme, “All about the Music” like a glove or a cassette slotted into its case. It follows teenage Ivy on her plan to reunite an 1980s indie rock group in the hope it will lead her to find her Mum. Chasing Eveline was Ivy’s mum’s favourite band and she shared her love for it with daughter. The small hurdle of the Chasing Eveline members living in Ireland and lack of money will not stop Ivy’s dream of bringing the group together.
This coming of age story entwines the themes of friendship, family, grief, teenage embarrassment with the love of retro music. Forget streaming and downloads this book is about the joy of cassettes and vinyl. It is light-hearted and easy to read but Leslie Hauser captures the deep emotions grief brings when you are left behind.
I was also relieved this lovely debut did not fall into the trap of the clichéd Hollywood ending.