Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Author's Website: rebeccafjellanddavis.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
From the back of the book:
Dumped with relatives in a small Minnesota town for the summer, Sadie Lester is relying on her mountain bike to save her from total boredom. Then she meets Allie, a spiky-haired off-road mountain biker who's training for a major race. Allie leads Sadie and Joe, a cute fellow cyclist, up and down Mount Kato, and the three become close friends. But the exhilarating rush comes to a halt when they find a priest in the woods, badly beaten and near death. After calling for help, Allie disappears from their lives.
As they search for Allie and try to find out why she left so suddenly, Sadie and Joe discover more about Allie's past, including her connection to the priest. Only on the day of the big race does Sadie finally learn the complete, startling truth about Allie—and the terrible secret that forced her into hiding.
I'm going to be honest, when I first heard that this book was about teens who mountain bike I was skeptical. But, I was wrong. Although I did think it was a little convenient that the only other girl she met also was a mountain biker, and then Joe came to live with her family and he rode mountain bikes as well. But, it's a story so whatever. I loved how strong Allie was, my favorite part was probably when she screamed her head off at Joe because he smoked, and after that he stopped. She always knew what she wanted, and she gave her all to get it. Also, the different levels to the story made it addictive. There was the mystery with the priest in the woods, the intense training for the race on July 4th, Allie was a puzzle all on her own, and then of course the chemistry between Allie and Joe or maybe it's Joe and Sadie or was it Sadie and Allie? You'll have to figure that one out on your own. Their strength and growth by the end of the book was amazing and inspiring.
What I didn't like about this book was the excessive cussing. I understand that almost every book on the planet has some profanity, but this seemed overboard and unnecessary. I felt like they were just cussing to cuss. And Joe, who I respected at the beginning for standing up for himself when Allie made fun of him for not cussing, ended up with just as dirty of a mouth as the other two, and they acted like it was some great thing that he'd finally gotten over it. By the end I found myself rolling my eyes every time they did because it was a new sentence, so of course it needed another cuss word.
Even though I know that sounds bad, I really did enjoy this book, and if the cussing wouldn't bother you, then I think it's a fantastic, exciting story that I would recommend to you.
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- Sexual Content: Minor
- Profanity: Very Heavy
- Violence: Heavy