I recently took some time out my crazy schedule to read this sweet book, It’s called “Riding” by Cassia Cassitas and it tells to story of a para athlete called Andre.


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.

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.

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.

My Review

This is a story about life, happiness, disappointments and new beginnings.  It’s a journey about perfection and imperfection and it’s about overcoming hurdles life throws your way, love and achievements.

Andre was born without feet, which means his mothers life takes on a new direction.  This book isn’t just about cycling, it’s about achievements, creating a life and life changes.

What mother and father would do for their child is very well portrayed in this book, although Andre’s father travels a lot he is always connected to his family and his son.  This is a heartwarming story that brings out adventures, challenges and love.


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Disclosure: This book was received for the purpose of review, all opinions are my own.