Chasing the Skip

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders―also known as “skips”―all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle. 

Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control―the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.


“CHASING THE SKIP is [...] an awesome story about what it’s like to live as the daughter of a real-world bounty hunter. (Not the glorious type from fiction.) It’s a YA book with excellent writing and compelling characters, and I found it a lot of fun to read.”

Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“[Ricki] is an appealingly vulnerable character, her anger at both parents and her love for her mother both genuine and leading to completely believable choices, however wrongheaded. A solid cast and heartfelt emotions lift this above its contrivances.”


“This debut offers a genuinely felt father-daughter story filled with realistic, flawed, and dimensional characters.”


“CHASING THE SKIP is really a novel about a father and daughter giving each other a second chance for reconciliation and a new lease on life. Many teens will relate to Ricki’s challenge as she tries to figure out where she belongs on the road of life.”

School Library Journal

“Her character’s struggles are real and believable. The plot is at times predictable, but contains enough twists to keep the reader eager to turn the page.”

Deseret News

“Patterson’s characters feel real. Ricki and her father are both flawed but trying their best […] Spending time with them was a pleasure.”

Criminal Element

“CHASING THE SKIP […] really delves into the parent/child relationship. It is well written and does tell a tale I haven’t read before, which is always a plus.”

The Write Path

“Debut writer Patterson offers a laudably balanced plot, at once an action-packed adventure story and a rocky but tender tale of father-daughter reconciliation.”

Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books (Univ. of Illinois)

“Patterson’s good at writing realistic characters with flaws that aren’t fatal, and this is a book I could recommend to almost any teenager.”

Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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