Finding the good in “Chasing Olivia”

Chasing Olivia is the second novel in Micalea Smeltzer‘s Trace and Olivia series. It’s a beautiful yet ultimately heartbreaking story that reminds us to always have hope and live our lives to the fullest. Through her series, her characters and their stories, Smeltzer makes us believe in the impossible and the power of love, and Chasing Olivia holds the best message of all.

How far would you go to reignite the spark you once had?

Two years later, Trace and Olivia are as much in love as they’ve always been. But the spark they once had for life is waning and Trace is determined that they find it again. His solution? A road trip. But he doesn’t tell Olivia the real reason they’re heading north.

Olivia is happy to go on a road trip and have more adventures with Trace. Besides, she needs a distraction from the soap opera her life has become. With college over, this is the perfect opportunity to chase down the carefree girl she once was. But life isn’t a fairytale and you can only escape reality for so long.

Love, laughs, and a hidden agenda.

That’s the name of the game when you’re Chasing Olivia.

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Chasing Olivia is a very powerful love story that shows us the best that love can be when you are with someone who inspires you and is equally inspired by you. Trace and Olivia remind us of the true power that love has, and how by having the right person by your side, you are capable of anything. Having that person that is there for you like no one else, that knows you better than anyone else, is like a best friend but more. It’s someone who makes you a better person. Actually, they don’t make you a better person, you do that yourself because they inspire you. It’s the one person who knew you and accepted you and believed in you before anyone else did or when no one else would. They shine a light into all your darkest places and drives away your demons. And no matter what happens, you’ll carry them with you forever and nothing can ever change that.

What I love most about Chasing Olivia is the deeper message that I felt Smeltzer was trying to teach us: that there is always something good in every situation, that we cannot dwell on the bad things in life.

There is beauty in everything and every situation that we find ourselves in, and no matter what happens to us it is important not to dwell on the bad things. If we did then we could never really be happy. There are so much bad things that we could get swept up in it, and forget that the world is full of beautiful and good times, too.

As Smeltzer puts it:

“People spend too much time dwelling on the bad in a situation … when if they dug a little deeper they could find something good in it.”
~ Micalea Smeltzer, Chasing Olivia

There is always something good to take out of every situation and there is nothing as inspiring as seeing the world through the eyes of someone who is determined to see something good.

Smeltzer also shows this deeper message through loss. When we lose someone, it’s easy to fall into a pit of despair and forget about the good. The person we loved and lost wouldn’t want that, they wouldn’t want us to dwell on their loss. They’d want us to remember them with a smile, to remember everything they did and all the happy memories. They’d want us to use the good things to help us through that pain. Because losing someone we love is a part of life, and sometimes bad things happen and we have to decide how to deal with them. And sometimes really terrible things happens to really amazing people.

But finding the good in it, can sometimes be the only thing that keeps us going. It gives us hope and reminds us that we’ll get through the hard times, no matter what the odds.

Life is always going to contain a little darkness, but we get to decide whether or not we recognise and appreciate the light.

As J.K. Rowling once wrote:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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