Book Review: Riding by Cassia Cassitas

30 Jul

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Amidst real events and landscapes, men and women like us wander the cities we inhabit, rehearsing happier lives in the pages of this motivational novel. From each one, destiny took a part to make them perfect.

When he is born, André propels his mother’s life in a new direction, shifting her focus away from her professional aspirations. His father, an executive who organizes Olympic competitions around the world and doesn’t know when to come back home, strives to make him a worldly citizen. Cycling, his life acquires purpose: becoming an Olympic para-athlete.

Together with his friends, he experiences disappointments and new beginnings. A doctor that builds robots, the daughter of a lonely teenager, and a retired athlete teach André how to overcome his limits and live his dream.

Set in Curitiba with breaks in Los Angeles, Seoul, Johannesburg and Soweto, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London, the narrative ends in 2012, in Rio de Janeiro.

As a tribute to all those who choose to sign the next episodes of their lives, this book is about overcoming one’s self amid achievements, obstacles, love and heroism, written behind the scenes of life.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is one of those novels that is difficult to write a review about. A lot of it was about the Olympics and all that goes into preparing for them. There were a lot of historical facts included about the Olympics. All of that historical information would have made a good separate nonfiction book.

The other part of the story is about Andre and his family. His dad, Mario, plays an important role in the Olympics as far as planning and preparing and he travels a lot. He meets Elizabeth and they fall in love. Unfortunately, there’s no emotion in the story and it’s all told matter-of-factly. No romance here.

After Mario and Elizabeth have a son name Andre, Riding finally gained my interest. The story focused on Andre and his love for cycling. There were hints that there was more to his story but I was about three quarters of the way through the book before I found out he didn’t have feet and that he had prosthetics. 

Andre’s story is inspiring. He overcomes his limits to achieve his goals. His parents are also amazing in that they treat him like he has no limitations and support him and his dreams.

I think this book may have lost something in the translation. It was a difficult book to read and stay interested in. I did like the parts about Andre but the rest of the book didn’t appeal to me much.

 

About the Author 

Cassia Cassitas made her career in technology. She has remained in academics both as a teacher and as a student, working on innovative projects including those that involve prospects.

Cassia Cassitas

She specialized in philosophy and existence, information engineering, and college didactics. Currently she studies French, due to her husband’s influence, and English to enlarge her world.

Mother to two adolescents who devour books, Cassia published her first work, Sunday, The Game, in 2010, a digital best seller in Brazil. Cassia Cassitas lives with her family in Curitiba, where her dreams prosper under the eyes of her readers.

Her website.

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