Sunday, 5 September 2010

Book Review - Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

If you fall too fast, you just might crash...Daisy has been dumped, unceremoniously jilted. Not by any ordinary guy, no...Daisy has a secret in her past that she won't even tell her best friend, Holly. She's given up on men - and on her own family. But life still has to be lived and where better to recover than as far away from home as possible. Grabbing a chance to see the world, Daisy packs her bags and joins the team catering to the world's highest-paid, supercharged racing drivers on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. From Brazil to Italy, from Melbourne to Monte Carlo, life passes in a dizzying whirlwind. But nothing - and no one - can stop Daisy from falling again...this time for a man who is prepared to risk his life, and his heart, for the sake of speed, danger and ultimate success.

Paige Toon knows how to hook a reader into her story. By the end of the first chapter I was drawn into Daisy’s story and stayed up late reading the first half of the book. I will admit the story is predictable, bar one plot twist that shocked me, but I liked that predictability of it all. It was like slipping into a comfortable pair of pyjamas and you could relax in the knowledge that you were getting into a good, warm story.

You meet Daisy as she meets Will and Luis, two Formula 1 drivers who have just been signed up with the team she ‘caters’ for. Will she falls for instantly. Luis she hates at first sight when he nearly runs her off her scooter. The story between the three characters stays at a nice steady pace and everything is described in such a manner that you’re there with Daisy. You feel her all her emotions as she tries to stop herself from falling for Will due to him having a girlfriend, and you especially feel her anger when she argues with Luis, but those were the best bits for me.

All of the characters, even the ones mingling in the background, were well rounded out, each with their own quirks that make them slightly more real. The descriptions are all innocuous yet fantastic for building the bigger picture and padding out this warm story. Everything is believable to such a degree that this story could be real. Toon’s history and research has paid off because it’s a job well done.

Daisy fell for Will but I personally fell for Luis. Such a feisty, cheeky character with hidden depths and warmth. I devoured every page he was on like reading was going out of fashion. Luis made the story for me. On the flipside, Holly, Daisy’s co-worker and best friend, her sub-plot was distracting and pointless. I thought it didn’t really serve any purpose in the story and I wasn’t interested in it, I wanted the story to get back to Daisy’s predicament with Will every time Holly’s secrets were brought up.

Paige Toon has a natural gift for writing. The story can be read with ease and enjoyment. Not one part of this story, even Holly, wasn’t a chore to read. Everything moved along fluidly and naturally, and the descriptions of Daisy’s environment and everyday activities were spot on; not too much and not too little. I would highly recommend this book.


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