DNF Review: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

May 16, 2013 Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, DNF, Flux, Lindsey Scheibe, Netgalley, Riptide, YA, Young Adult 20

From Goodreads:

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?

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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.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

20 Responses to “DNF Review: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe”

  1. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I have been letting go of lots of reads now that I am a blogger. I used to force myself as well but now if I don’t feel it in 10% it is heave ho. Sometimes a book isn’t necessarily bad but just doesn’t work for me personally which kind of sounds like what happened for you here. I love best friend romances so I am sad to hear the romance between these two didn’t spark.

  2. Aman

    Oh, God! This book just keeps getting worst and worst reviews. I plan on reading it this month and I have a feeling I might DNF it too and that makes me not want to read it. Side note, it’s better to DNF than to forcefully finish it and write a negative review.

  3. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    I fully support not forcing yourself through a bad book. I think this is what causes reading slumps. Plus, my motto (one of them) is: Life is too short to read sucky books!
    I usually don’t make it far enough into DNF books to actually be able to write a DNF review (less than 50 pages), but when I do, I kind of like those reviews…

  4. Lauren Elizabeth

    Yeah, I think you made the right choice. If you’re not feeling any romantic connection and the execution is bland, why keep reading? I’ve read so many meh reviews of this book, at this point I’m sure I’ll never pick it up. It sounds like a waste of time. Thanks for your honest review! 🙂

  5. Becca

    Oh no! I was going to read this one, but I’ve been crunched for reading time lately and had to pass on it. It’s not worth the time to read a book that you’re trudging through. It’s nice to hear why you weren’t able to get through it as well.

  6. starryeyedjen

    Proud of you, Sara! 🙂 It’s hard for me to DNF books, too, as you know, but I just recently gave up on a book I’d really been looking forward to. I didn’t make it nearly as far as you did in this book, but I plan to give it another try some day…hopefully. ‘Cause sometimes it’s just the mood I’m in, ya know? Sorry this one didn’t wow you. 🙁

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