Blog Tour Review & Quotes: Motocross Me
Labels: Book Review, Cheyanne Young, Contemporary, Motocross Me, Young Adult · Posted by Amy Logg at 20:17
Author: Cheyanne Young
Published: June 26th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Source: eARC provided by IFB Tours for honest review
The story begins with Hana running away from her mum's house after a fight. She ends up at her Dad's place, where he runs his Motocross track next-door. At first she thinks she won't be welcome, but they are more than happy for her to stay for the Summer.
Now I have to say that is was so refreshing to have a family that actually cared about the heroine. So often the parents are verbally or physically abusive, drug addicts/dealers or simply don't even notice their kid exists. Although yes Hana's mother is shallow and quite oblivious to her daughter, she's not really in the story much - it's all about Hana moving in with her loving father, sweet stepmother & little step brother.
We then follow Hana as she helps out at the track & becomes part of the 'motocross family'. She meets hot boys, new friends, hot boys, bikes and did I mention all the hot boys? Along the way there are crushes, confusion, mistakes, regrets, broken hearts and lots of breakfast burritos (I've never heard of these and to be honest it sounds disgusting to eat a burrito for breakfast - but then again I'm an Aussie and love Vegemite on my toast, so who am I to talk!!)
At first I thought I wasn't going to like Hana, I felt she was a little self absorbed and quite shallow - the only things she thought about were boys & clothes. Then I remembered that she's a teenager, and that is exactly what teenage girls think about! Also, lets not forget she's grown up home schooled by her Mother - a self absorbed women on her 5th marriage - note exactly the best role model! Most of Hana's actions reminded me just how blind & naive teenagers can be. And naive she was - she's easily swayed by Ryan's arrogant charm & makes some very bad decisions, but towards the end of the story she starts to grow and become a stronger person.
Both Ash & Shelby (Ash's sister) were a good influence on Hana, showing her that looks & money are not everything in life. They were much more down to earth & I really liked them both! Ash genuinely cares for Hana, wanting to do things right with her & not rush their relationship & I really respected him for that.
Ryan - well I didn't like him from the beginning. He was slimy and way too smooth. I could smell the nasty scent of his overpowering cologne dripping off him in every scene. Arrogance is such a turn off to me, so I'm not really sure what Hana saw in him - oh yeah…it must have been those damn trance inducing muscles!
There was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted Hana to choose Ash. But she was blinded by Ryan's 'hot looks' and winning record - she is oblivious to his self absorbed attitude and his real intentions for pursuing her. Ash was so sweet & caring, but Hana can't stop drooling over Ryan's muscles long enough to notice this. I liked that Ash & Hana did become friends as the story progressed, so although she was still pursuing Ryan, they were getting closer - it made their romance more believable when she did wake up to Ash's awesomeness! Now I don't want to ruin the ending, but I will say that the last scene was really sweet and made me like Ash even more :)
Hana's narration is very sarcastic, and it was a strong theme throughout. I felt this gave a good impression of her personality. It also showed that when she acted differently around Ryan, she wasn't being herself. But around Ash her real personality comes out because she doesn't feel like she needs to be anything else.
I did feel like the ending was a slightly rushed. After the climax of the story, a lot happens very quickly and I would have liked to of seen some of these things happen in more detail. But I was still really happy with the ending - especially that last scene!
This is a light & breezy Summer YA novel that's perfect for an afternoon in sunshine! The motocross setting was really different & interesting and makes for some exciting racing scenes! I can definitely see a companion novel for Shelby - I really loved her character and would love to see more her & her skinny nerdy motocross boy! (What can I say - I like my nerds hehe!)
"I have an easygoing job outdoors with little supervision, great pay and dozens of hot guys who prefer to walk around shirtless. Life is pretty sweet."
(I am officially jealous of a fictional character)
"You didn't exactly talk to me either." - Ryan
Unable to control my shock, I let my jaw fall open.
"Are you serious? You're the guy…you're supposed to call me."
(Hell yeah - you tell him Hana!)
"It didn't seem possible that someone who was so perfect a week ago is now so indisputably not perfect. Had his charming smile and muscular physique blinded me?
(Yes sweetheart, they did - but who can blame you :)
"What I used to see in Ryan as confidence is now just arrogance."
(*applauds* Hana you are becoming very very smart!)
"He is dressed in his riding pants and boots but isn't wearing a shirt. My imagination slips away from me and I think about how gorgeous he would look if the clouds darkened and it suddenly started pouring rain."
(Haahhaa hilarious daydreaming by Hana - love it!)
"There is a collective energy in the air. Everyone is high on anticipation (or exhaust fumes)"
(Well, that explains a lot!)
CONTENT:Sexuality: mild / some kissing
Drugs & alcohol: mild / some minor underage drinking at a party
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, Xbox and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.