Review & Giveaway: Riding by Cassia Cassitas

2380512_orig•Publisher: CreateSpace
•Release date: April 2015
•Pages: 254

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

When he is born, Andre propels his mother’s life in a new direction. 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 wordly 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.

An uplifting story of a young man possessing determination not allowing his limitations to halt his capabilities, your options are unlimited.

The book explores a hodgepodge of topics – Olympic installations, each protagonists back story, thoughts and feelings are shared through chapters. Philosophy is gently weaved into the plot. Interactions are explored as a family, individuals, business. Scouting different locations, learning of the people, cultures was wonderful, you embark on a geographical whirlwind of travel.

Despite the displaced feeling of the chapters, all the pieces come together in the end. No doubt the original version is smoother in transition causing less confusion for the reader. Three individuals joined as a family yet they are experiencing their own journeys separately which will ultimately converge. Cassitas attempts to convey an intimacy between characters and reader, however, the choppy translation stunts her attempt, the connection is hazy. Translation could have been tighter, its weakness detracted from the story.

A story with a wonderful message, best to enjoy slowly to allow absorption of content and meaning.

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Nobles ~ Book Depository

Meet Cassia Cassitas:554

“In my mind, words came in strides. They aligned themselves in arguments that were ready for combat after rebelling themselves – and that was just inkling. Were was my certainty to support the new image? And where were my emotions, with their brushes to bring color to life?”

Born in the interior of the state of Paraná, Cassia Cassitas accumulated various degrees throughout her carreer in Information Technology. The author of three novels, her texts convey ideas accumulated amidst the smell of coffee plantations, shoe factories, and the technology of the 20th century. These texts deal with life-altering episodes, in a path lit by a harmonious blend of memories and imagination.

Connect with the author: Website ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter


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7 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Riding by Cassia Cassitas

  1. I have a friend that recently started cycling after years of running for exercise. I’d like to read this book to obtain a better understanding of the sport.


  2. Seemed like a good book to check out. Haven’t read any of your books, so I thought I’d give you a chance. I love finding new authors and books to know and love. Can’t wait to see what your books have to offer.


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