Book Review – Riding by Cassia Cassitas

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Cassia Cassitas

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.


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by Cassia Cassitas

I absolutely loved the cover and once I started reading I have to admit it took a while for me to get into the style of writing, that coupled with it being translated from Portuguese there were some lost in translation moments.

But that aside once I got used to the writing style, this was a brilliant story that spanned over 30 years. It follows a young boy named Andre who has dreams of being in the Olympics and how he over comes the obstacles he faces in getting there. I loved all the characters Mario and Elizabeth who are Andre parents, and how the birth of him having no feet changed their lifes – for the better I would say. Mario struggled with it at first but Elizabeth becomes devoted to giving him the best childhood he can.

We see the whole family overcome obstacles and adversity over the 30 year time span, I loved how this was different to anything I have read before. It really made me think that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it not matter what.

4 stars



Fee is a 35 year old mother of three, who has been on the blogging scene since 1996. Over the years she has tried to change her style but finds the personal diary effect to be her niche - there are not many of those around in the blogging world nowadays.

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