BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Hello, book lovers! I am back with another review. After finishing Chasing Eveline, I am getting closer to finishing my urgent TBR list, so I am so happy. If you haven’t saw it already, check out my latest review on The Magician’s Workshop by Chris Hansen and J.R. Fehr. Love fantasy? Love meeting characters and going on fun adventures? You might like this… CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE REVIEW.

But you’re not really a fantasy fan? Hmmm, well how about contemporary? Do you like music? You better, because I would hate for you to miss out on Leslie Hauser’s book Chasing Eveline!

Chasing Eveline

Sixteen-year-old Ivy Higgins is the only student at Carmel Heights High School who listens to cassettes. And her binder is the only one decorated with album artwork by 80s band Chasing Eveline. Despite being broken-up since 1989, this rock band out of Ireland means everything to Ivy. They’re a reminder of her mom, who abandoned Ivy and her dad two years ago. Now the music of her mom’s favorite band is the only connection she has left.

Even though Ivy wavers between anger and a yearning to reconnect, she’s one-hundred percent certain she’s not ready to lose her mom forever. But the only surefire way to locate her would be at a Chasing Eveline concert. So with help from her lone friend Matt—an equally abandoned soul and indie music enthusiast—Ivy hatches a plan to reunite the band.

The road to Ireland won’t be easy, though. And not just because there is no road. Along the way they’ll have to win over their Lady Gaga-loving peers, tangle with some frisky meerkats, and oh yeah, somehow find and persuade the four members to play a reunion gig. It’s a near-impossible task, but Ivy has to try. If she can’t let go of the past, she’ll never be able to find joy in the present.


Leslie Hauser



I am a YA writer and middle school teacher. I have a B.A. in English from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently reside in Los Angeles, California, with my dog Mr. Darcy.

When I’m not living in fictional worlds inside my head, I run all sorts of distances, torture my body at CrossFit, and DVR entirely too many television shows. I dream of one day returning to the Midwest to live on a farm. Or perhaps owning a cookie delivery service.

My debut novel CHASING EVELINE releases in 2017 from Pen Name Publishing.
My debut novel CHASING EVELINE releases in 2017 from Pen Name Publishing.
HOOLLLLLLLDDDDD UPPPPPP. 2017? Past 2017 or are we having to wait? (well, you… but anyways.)

Chasing Eveline releases July 11, 2017!



5 Stars

I adored this book. The whole thing was silly to me, which I like. Not the “doesn’t make any sense” type of silly, but the smiley silly. The silly that makes you want to sit down with Ivy to have a long discussion about how you can’t price things too high at a yard sale.

This isn’t a romance novel, while it does hint at it. You do have one character who goes through a break up, but it’s more about how he feels than finding someone else to replace the girl who dumped him.

It focuses a lot on music. It focuses on a particular band that the main character loves, and wants everyone else to love. Throughout the story was her trying to get the band back together through raising money and getting on stage in front of her classmates.

Ivy is the type of girl who I would love to hang out with. She’s the type of girl that could go on and on for hours about her favorite song. She’s the type of girl who would have a dance party with you when you’re upset (flashback to Grey’s Anatomy o.o). I loved seeing main characters like her. She’s having a hard time with her parents, she has every right to be depressed and sad all the time, but she keeps going. Ivy loves her friends, she loves her family, and she loves Chasing Eveline obviously. 

It was very straightforward. It kind of gave me a twist, which I kind of expected, that threw off the main character from her current conflict that spiced it up. It’s super easy in my mind. It wasn’t a complicated read, yet I had fun. And we all needs those books that just makes us happy, right? 

Overall, I give this book a five out of five. I would read another one of her books! Check out Hauser on the links provided above. She has some other reviews on Goodreads, so if you want more confirmation, check it out! Link is above as well.

I’m getting close to finishing The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Also I have some other posts planned for the weeks ahead. A review, a tag, maybe a little discussion? It would be my first one, so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.

Stay tuned, book lovers!

6 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

  1. Hi! Thanks so much for reviewing (and loving!) Chasing Eveline. I’m so happy it made you smile. That’s why I wrote it- to make people happy! The world needs more happiness 🙂 Appreciate all your support!

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