Friday, June 11, 2010

Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana

Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana

Review by: Lauren

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Official Summary:

If Chloe Rodriguez fails chemistry, she loses the Harley-Davidson her uncle left her when he died, the only thing that matters to her. But she's falling for her peer tutor, Gordon, and her best friend, Rock, has suddenly decided this would be a good time to tell her his secret. Add in a burning need to discover her birth parents, and it's no wonder Chloe feels her world falling apart.


Riding the Universe is definitely one of those great, summer reads. It's intense like a hot summer's day but with enough breezy lightness so as not to overwhelm the reader. Chloe is a fun, relateable teen who is trying to figure out her own existence. She loves her parents but she is finding herself more and more curious about her biological parents (which definitely becomes a bombshell in her life when she does learn the truth).

Beyond that, she has even more problems going on that most teens could understand. Chemistry is mind-boggling hard and she needs to get a tutor or lose her late Uncle Seth's motorcycle. She can't let that happen, as it's the only freedom she has, so she agrees and finds herself immersed in goody-two-shoe Gordon's life. She likes Gordon, but her best friend Rock doesn't think he's right for her...but is this founded or pure jealousy? Riding the Universe rides the line between the two until the end when reality comes crashing down on a love-struck Chloe.

Free and fast, lots of fun.

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celi.a said...

I surprised myself by liking this one (well, most of it...there were parts that made me want to throw the book against the wall...). Gaby was a marvelous character - confused and confident by turns, and magnificently relatable. Glad you liked it! Also, nice review. *grin*

Meredith said...

Sounds like a cool, different read. I can't say I've ever wanted to ride a motorcycle, but I love strong female protagonists. Thanks for reviewing!

Alice said...

I've never heard of this one, but I think I'll look out for it now! Nice review.

P.S. You got an award at my blog! :)