Chloe Rodriguez values three things above else--her adoptive family; her best friend, Rock; and her Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster motorcycle, inherited from her late uncle, Seth. Then there's her amazing new boyfriend...and he changes everything. But just when Chloe thinks she's got all life figured out, a bump in the road comes out of nowhere and sends her skidding.
At turns funny, wise, and touching, Riding The Universe will speak to anyone who has ever loved, lost, or experienced the joy of the open road ahead.( from back of ARC)
To be completely honest, when I read the back of the ARC, after getting this in the mail, and saw that motorcycles would be part it, I was worried. I thought, "Oh no, that is so not going to be my cup of tea. Will it be boring?" Though, it was anything but that.
Riding The Universe was a fantastic novel filled with suspense, humor, love, and loss. The plot was interesting and fast paced. Two things that make a young adult novel great. Though, the plot was basic, it involved Chloe figuring out what guy was right for her and who her birth parents were, it got you completely involved in the story and kept you flipping the pages wondering what was going to happen next.
One of my favorite parts of this book were the characters. Chloe and Rock were hilarious and well developed which made them extremely fun to read about. Also, Gabby Triana's writing was top notch in this. It seemed most of the time, because of the situations and dialogue between the characters , that a true teenager was writing this.
The only problem I had with this book was the prologue. It just didn't grab my attention or do anything at all that got me interested in the novel. Luckily, the first chapter was way better or I probably would have put the book down .
Overall, Riding The Universe was a spunky read that I suggest you pick up from your local bookstore in May. I promise, you won't regret it. :)
Riding The Universe will be released on May 5, 2009.
* Much thanks to EM at Harper Collins for sending me this great book!