Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough
For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.
When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition—the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?
I promised myself that I would learn to let go of books that weren’t working for me instead of wasting so much time forcing myself through them. Unfortunately, Riptide is another casualty of this.
I made it to about 44% before I gave it the heave-ho. It wasn’t necessarily bad. And I didn’t find myself hating anything I did read. But I felt no connection the the characters and no interest in what was going on with them. In a word, I was BORED. There was no reason to continue on for me at this point.
Grace is a girl who is hiding abuse and problems going on at home. She dreams to go to college on a surfing scholarship. Ford is her best friend who apparently has deeper feelings for her, but is trying to hide them because her father is his new boss who asked for his help in keeping her focused on school and not boys (isn’t it summer?). Ford wants to find a way to help illegal immigrants becomes citizens in the US after the loss of a friend so this internship is extremely important to him and his future plans. Both stories sound interesting, right? But I don’t know, the execution felt bland to me. And I never got any real longing of romance that I expected. I mean, Ford was supposed to be seriously crushing on Grace. Besides trying to keep her away from other boys, I didn’t feel any romantic connection.