Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Book Review: The Art of Shifting Gears by Chi Yu Rodriguez

Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book from the author's giveaway on twitter.

About This Book:

Rae de los Santos was en route to a perfect adult life. She knew what to major in, she knew what career path she was going to pursue, and she knew who she was going to be with all the way to the realization of her dreams—until her seamless journey made a turn for the unimaginable and skidded to a stop.

All of a sudden she was facing every roadblock possible, and the people she held dear ended up running over her heart.

For a year, she distracted herself with hot lead and burnt rubber, using karting as a lifeline until she was strong enough to face the world that shunned her.

But during Rae’s junior year in college, she was again blindsided by signs that weren’t supposed to be there. Will Rae go full speed ahead? Or will the seduction of the past slow her down?

              This book is very well-written. I finished reading it in one sitting. It was around midnight when I started reading and I refused to sleep because I have become addicted to Rae and her story. Rae is a character that everyone can relate to. She is very passionate about the things and people she loves, she is very sensitive, and like everybody else she goes through ups and downs. You can see her development and how she matures from the start of the book to the end. This just shows how the author has a talent for creating realistic characters that you will love or hate. 

              JR is another character that I admire. I love how he was there for Rae and how he always makes her smile and laugh despite the unfortunate situation she is in. He was like the sunshine after a dark storm. I also love Rae's brothers. I like their relationship with one another and how they are there for one another. The author also made an exceptional job in the characterization of Mike and Tessa. They were written in a way that you would hate them for what they did to Rae. I mean the girl's parents just died, can't they understand that she needed a little space. Ugh... Mike is a guy you wish you would never encounter or date. He is a sh*tty boyfriend to Tessa and a sh*tty friend to Rae. He just keeps dragging Rae and Tessa along because he cannot commit to only one girl.  

              My only problem with this book is that the romance part between Rae and JR was undeveloped. I would like the book to include more about Rae shifting her love from Mike towards JR. Don't get me wrong I love the romance between Rae and JR, it's just that it seems that their relationship evolved fast. Overall, this book will make you cry in a good way. This book is so emotional and I just want to hug Rae for the bad things that had happened to her. 

About The Author: 

Chi Yu Rodriguez has many feelings. Sometimes these feelings find their way to paper in the form of short stories and fiction online. Sometimes they don't come out at all and end up as unresolved sexual tension or terrible internal angst.

She prefers making imaginary people go through these feelings for her pleasure. Her muses hate her for it, and they repay her by being forever fickle.

She wrestles with them in her head everyday.

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Anvil Publishing
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