Friday, April 7, 2017

Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick {Review}

Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Sky Pony Press   

Still mourning the loss of Lucas Nelson, the boy she loved in secret for years, seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin turns to her passion for mountain biking to try to fill the empty void in her life. But just when things start looking up, Emmy discovers her mom has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Confused and angry that her parents didn’t tell her sooner, she throws herself into mountain biking like never before.

When Cole Evans, the rich boy who usually doesn’t care about anything but himself, offers to train her for the biggest mountain biking race of the season, she accepts, determined to beat her nemesis, Whitney, and prove she’s good enough for a sponsor. The more time she spends with Cole, the more she realizes he’s different than she’d expected, and, to her surprise, she’s falling for him. Torn between the deep feelings she still has for Lucas and her growing ones for Cole, she knows she must choose a path: one offers her the chance to love again, while the other is blocked by the overwhelming heartache for the boy she lost.

As she drifts further away from her family and closer to her dream of being sponsored, a terrible accident threatens any semblance of peace and happiness she has left. Instead of closing herself off to the people she loves, Emmy must learn to rely on those she has pushed away if she’s going to have any chance of getting her life back again.


My Review: 4 Stars

My inner teenage self loves the angsty stories and I would have devoured this back then. Even now, I still really enjoyed it. I love the passion that Emmy has found for mountain bike racing, as that is something that carries her through the trials in her life. I love that she has an escape and something to focus on that helps her become a better person all-around.

A great moral to this story is to be careful how you judge others. I think it's human nature to jump to quick conclusions about people based on limited information and Emmy learns those first impressions can often be dead wrong. As she comes to know the very persistent Cole better, the lesson becomes more obvious. He's a keeper of a friend--how can someone stand so much rejection and still come back for more?!

Emmy is also dealing with a personal family issue and I love how a sensitive topic is brought up and recognized. When I was about the same age, my family went through a health crisis and her thoughts and feelings on the topic were very realistic for how a teenage girl might feel and try to deal with it all.

This story of growth and overcoming hard things is a tender tug on the heart and I loved the engaging writing style. I'll be back for more, Ms. Sedgwick!

Content: mild romance; mild violence (accidents, injuries, talk of death).


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About the Author:

Chantele Sedgwick
Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one and stay-at-home mom to four. She loves happy endings, Kit Kats and judging by her book shelves, buys way too many books.

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