Sunday, March 27, 2011
Riding The Universe-Review
Chlo Rodriguez values three things above all else her family; her best friend, Rock; and Lolita, her Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster. With a black body, blue airbrushed flames, and perfect sloping ape hangers, Lolita is Chlo's last connection to her beloved uncle, Seth, who left her the bike when he died last summer. So when a failing chemistry grade threatens to separate Chlo from her motorcycle, she vows not to let that happen . . . no matter what. Gordon. Ridiculously organized, smart, and hot in a casual, doesn't-know-it kind of way, Chlo's peer tutor may have a thing or two to teach her besides chemistry. But she has to stop falling for Gordon . . . and get Rock to act mature whenever he's around . . . and pass chemistry so she doesn't lose Lolita forever. Just when Chlo thinks she's got it all figured out, a bump in the road comes out of nowhere and sends her skidding. (Goodreads)
Chloe is unlike any character I’ve ever really read before, it was nice. I really like the show Sons of Anarchy, and motorcycles surprisingly. Chloe rides a Harley the kind of antique one that people want to stop and touch. It belonged to her Uncle Seth who died. This story has some depressing undertones, but they are useful, and heartwarming. I just was really shocked by this book, it honest to God made me think to myself, “This is so Simone Elkeles like” which as every reader knows is never a bad thing. It deals with everything from relationships, adoption to death. Rock is Chloe’s best friend, he has been since childhood. He knew Seth, he knows cars, he is of a similar background, but he’s a player. Gordon is the total and complete opposite of Rock in more ways than one. He’s academically driven, rich, cocky, logical, and just not Rock. He is interesting to Chloe they are like oil and water, they fight, they joke, it’s all well and good. Then of course in true Rock fashion, as he always does, he breaks up with his girlfriend, and all of a sudden loves Chloe. She laughs it off as his typical behavior, but is it different this time? Gordon and Chloe might just hit it off, is he the more logical choice? Chloe struggles with a lot of things, her Chemistry grade, finding her birth parents, dealing with Rock, dealing with Gordon, dealing with her twin siblings, its all just so much. The story unfolds beautifully, but still in a fun urban sort of way, like I said it really reminded me of Simone Elkeles. It was just a really quick enjoyable book, I can see some people not liking either love interest, but I did, people are flawed, its realistic. I will happily proclaim myself team Rock, he was such a Fuentes!