Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Switching Gears is a good book about families and biking.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I really liked Emmy's character. She was kind, caring, and always knew what was right. However, she got really jealous and crabby.
This book deals with the competitive side of mountain bike racing. Emmy is a good biker, but she keeps losing to other teens in her town. When she meets Cole, she trains with him. The look at competitive biking was cool, and I enjoyed reading a book with a non-mainstream sport.
The romance was very good. Cole was sweet and gentle to Emmy, which is just what she needed. He truly loves her, and it isn't the main aspect of the book.
Emmy's mom was diagnosed with early Alzheimer. Emmy is having a hard time dealing with that. She thinks her mom will forget her, and kind of shies away from her. I hadn't heard of early Alzheimer's before this book, and it taught me a lot about it.
This book gave me a lot of feelings, both good and bad.
(view spoiler)[The car accident near the end of the book was a great addition. It showed Emmy that sometimes competitions aren't all that matters, and that bad things can happen any time. It also kept me reading. The bike accident also added suspense. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this is a really good book about many topics.
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