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Switching Gears

Switching Gears

by Chantele Sedgwick

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Still mourning the loss of Lucas Nelson, the boy she loved in secret for years, seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin turns to her passion for mountain biking to try to fill the empty void in her life. But just when things start looking up, Emmy discovers her mom has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Confused and angry that her parents didn’t tell


Still mourning the loss of Lucas Nelson, the boy she loved in secret for years, seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin turns to her passion for mountain biking to try to fill the empty void in her life. But just when things start looking up, Emmy discovers her mom has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Confused and angry that her parents didn’t tell her sooner, she throws herself into mountain biking like never before.

When Cole Evans, the rich boy who usually doesn’t care about anything but himself, offers to train her for the biggest mountain biking race of the season, she accepts, determined to beat her nemesis, Whitney, and prove she’s good enough for a sponsor. The more time she spends with Cole, the more she realizes he’s different than she’d expected, and, to her surprise, she’s falling for him. Torn between the deep feelings she still has for Lucas and her growing ones for Cole, she knows she must choose a path: one offers her the chance to love again, while the other is blocked by the overwhelming heartache for the boy she lost.

As she drifts further away from her family and closer to her dream of being sponsored, a terrible accident threatens any semblance of peace and happiness she has left. Instead of closing herself off to the people she loves, Emmy must learn to rely on those she has pushed away if she’s going to have any chance of getting her life back again.

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"An emotional tale of finding love after loss. Switching Gears boasts a cast of wonderfully flawed characters that grow their way into your heart." —Kasie West, author of The Fill-In Boyfriend and P.S. I Like You

"Packed full of competitive spirit and restorative heart." —Natalie Whipple, author of House of Ivy & Sorrow and Transparent

Praise for Love, Lucas

"Just as readers think they know how this story is going to end, a big plot twist changes the tale’s course. . . . Fans of Sarah Dessen and realistic fiction with a poignant and sad slant will find this an enjoyable read. VERDICT For general purchase, and especially for those school libraries needing realistic fiction." —School Library Journal

"A deeply moving tale of unimaginable loss and the redemptive power of love. Sedgwick masterfully delves into the painful details of losing a loved one, breaking your heart even as her beautiful words stitch you back together. Romance and friendship, true growth and authentic healing, this story blew me away. It takes a special book to bring tears to my eyes and make me swoon." —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author

"Chantele Sedgwick's Love, Lucas, is a beautiful story about finding hope, first loves, and learning to live again after the loss of a sibling. With a fantastic cast, and the gorgeous setting of the California coast, this book is one fabulous read." —Jolene Perry author of The Summer I Found You

"A beautiful, moving novel of loss and love. Sedgwick’s elegant prose weave a heart-breaking tale that stays with you long after you have finished the last page." —G. R. Mannering, author of Roses

"An emotional summer of love, hope, and healing! Love, Lucas is easy to adore with Sedgwick’s real relationships, sweet romance, and tale of renewal." —Lizzy Charles, author of Effortless With You

"Chantele Sedgwick navigates the dark waters of grief with a deft hand and plenty of heart. Love, Lucas will drag readers under before bringing them back to the surface for a life-saving breath of hope." —Amy Finnegan, author of Not In the Script

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This companion novel to Love, Lucas centers on 17-year-old Emmy Martin. It's been one month since Lucas, Emmy's best friend and secret love, passed away, and she is trying to cope with the loss. Emmy hopes that mountain biking will help her forget, but she can't drown out her memories, and she's not ready to talk about Lucas or forget about him. Then her parents deliver a devastating blow: Emmy's mom has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Emmy throws herself into mountain biking harder than ever, hoping to ignore what Alzheimer's will do to her mom and their family. Her goal is to win a big race and get sponsored. Her nemesis, Cole Evans, offers to help her hone her biking skills. Will Emmy take the chance to open up to someone new and accept her life circumstances? Emmy is a sympathetic, believable character, and while Sedgwick shows her coping believably with grief, she keeps the focus on the big race Emmy is training for, along with her growing relationship with Cole. The secondary characters are distinct, but since the story is told from a first-person point of view, Emmy is the main concern. VERDICT Not a first purchase. Recommend this to fans of Sedgwick's Love, Lucas and those who like realistic fiction with a hopeful ending.—Natalie Struecker, Atlantic Public Library, IA
Kirkus Reviews
Emmy grapples with the death of her first love, a potential new boyfriend, and her mom's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's. This companion to Love, Lucas (2015) follows Emmy, Lucas' childhood friend and secret love. Though they never actually dated, the pair confessed their love a week before Lucas died. Unsurprisingly, a mere four weeks later, Emmy is unwilling to give handsome, hazel-eyed Cole a chance at romance. Emmy spends lots of time rebuffing Cole's attempts at friendship and romance, especially when she's further devastated by her mother's diagnosis. Mountain biking becomes her outlet, and conveniently, Cole—a sponsored rider himself—uses this shared interest to encourage Emmy to become more emotionally available. Also helping push romance is Emmy's best friend, Kelsie, who reminds Emmy, "It's okay to move on. He'd [Lucas] want that." It may be sage advice, but considering Lucas died only four weeks earlier, expecting her to be ready for new love feels awfully premature. But what is youth if not resilient? A few weeks later Cole has managed to gently persuade Emmy to leave behind her fear of loss, and the two are happily dating. And then catastrophe strikes, ramping the melodrama level up even further. Luckily for Emmy (and readers), a quick epilogue provides easy resolutions. The cast appears to be a largely white one. Best for fans of three-hanky weepers. (Romance. 12-16)

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Sky Pony Press
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Chantele Sedgwick is a young adult author, harpist, wife to one and mom to four. She loves fairy tales, happy endings, Kit Kats, and (judging by her bookshelves) buying way too many books. She is also the author of Love, Lucas. She lives in Roy, Utah, with her family and can usually be found reading, or talking her husband's ear off with her endless supply of book ideas.

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