Synopsis: Riding is a compilation of stories about a family that cover 1983 through 2012. 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.
The story is insightful showing how much work that numerous teams of people that work to make the Olympics a memorable affair. With the detail that she used to describe the event, I had started to believe Andre’s story was a documentary not a fictional work. It was very realistic showing the personal sacrifices that are made by people who are organizing the games. It was well written although the style was not what I usually read. I think that there were certain sections that more detail could have been used to make the characters more relatable and as well as add understanding to the scenery of locations. I have never been to Brazil so the listing of neighborhoods would have been more memorable with a little extra detail. Overall good read for anyone who loves stories where hard work, sacrifice and people overcome obstacles to become successful.