Book Synopsis via Amazon:
"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."
Though I received this book at one of my busiest times, I did my best to fit in some reading time. I have never selected a book of this genre as I favor historical romance novels, so I had no idea what to expect. Getting into the book was hard for me because of this limitation. However, it was instantly apparent just how much work had gone into detailing this story. The writer expressed herself in a way that may not have been fast paced and addictive, but was eloquently written so that it was hard not to visualize everything as if I was there in the moment with the characters. I found this book to be a great option for voice-over reading on my iPhone 6 Plus for those times where I was working and unable to stare at the screen myself.
There were also moments where it was hard to not feel a connection with the characters. Such as this passage which was much like me and made me wonder what the future would hold for her: "Ironically, the world was opening up to a woman and, at the same time, demanding that she remained silent in order to conquer it. Knowing how to reach her goals in silence, without confrontation, was a challenge to someone so talkative and spontaneous like her, but Elizabeth was learning that lesson in South Korea."
In the end, this book was not something I'd have planned to read on my own, but was not at all what I had been expecting. Although it was hard to force myself to read someone not of my genre, one I allowed myself to open to what was offered I found it to be a unique store full of inspiration and life.
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- File Size: 3865 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511966130
- Publication Date: April 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VXY4BU2
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #248 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Parenting & Relationships > Special Needs
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- #2337 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Sports