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Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

Shift (edition 2012)

by Jennifer Bradbury

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Authors:Jennifer Bradbury
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Read in 2012, Coming of age, cyckling

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I found Shift by Jennifer Bradbury an interesting story of two young boys who, after graduating high school and before leaving for university, take a bike trip across the United States. When only one boy returns and resumes his life, questions arise as to the whereabouts of the other.

Told in a combination of flashbacks and current time, we learn about the boys, Chris and Win, what the trip means to both and where they feel they are going in life. When Win continues to be missing, an FBI investigation is launched and this investigation appears to be centered on Chris.

This is more of a story of relationships than a true mystery. As the details of the trip are revealed, the reader has a very good idea of what happened to Win. I enjoyed the story and my only quibble is that I felt the ending was a little to simplified. I should qualify this complaint with the allowance that this is a YA story and meant for a far younger audience than I. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 1, 2014 |
I enjoyed this book. It keeps your attention from start to finish. Its a story about two young men from different background that set out on a bike ride across country. ( )
  rgleason14 | Jul 9, 2013 |
Shift, by Jenifer Bradbury, is a novel that is about the friendship between two teenagers Chris and Win. The novel details their 3000 mile bike trip to the Pacific Ocean from West Virginia. With their gear handy, the two teens hop on their bicycles and begin their adventure. During their journey they meet many new interesting people as they travel, some of whom are significant characters in the book. Along the way Chris discovers Win's 2000 dollars inside of his gear. This foreshadows what is to come in the novel, as the money plays a major role in creating a critical dilemma in the book.
In the novel Win mysteriously disappears. During the trip Chris gets a flat tire . Win tells Chris that he will catch up with him later. However, after Chris finishes repairing his tire he cannot find Win. When Chris realizes that Win has disappeared he begins to search for him.
Chris returns home without Win back without Win. Upon returning home, things start to get out of hand and Wins parents are not happy. Wins dad threatens Chris and his parents. He states that he will make things tough for Chris’s family financially and hire more FBI agents on the case to determine what happened to his son during the trip. It is then up to Chris to figure out the whereabouts of Win……… not only for his own sake but his parent’s as well. If he fails to find Win, Chris’s father may lose his job.
Following Win’s disappearance, it is believed that his friend Chris may have played a role in his disappearing. In an effort to find Win, an FBI agent questions Chris. The agent inquires about the disappearance of Win on their bike trip while he is in college at Georgia Tech.
There are various things about the novel I liked and disliked. For example, I did not like the novels lengthy dialogue. I felt this slowed the story down too much and made it less exciting in some parts of the novel. However, I did enjoy the setup of the chapters in Shift, as the author switches from the present and to the past of what happened on the bike ride. The novel Shift was a very suspenseful novel with many twists and conflicts. There are many things that readers can take from the novel. One central theme is the importance of friendship. As Chris and Win grow more mature on the bike ride and begin to notice differences amongst themselves but these differences do not break their bonds of friendship which were developed in childhood.
Shift was a very thrilling and electrifying book that regardless of age, gender, or genre preference any reader can enjoy and learn an important life’s lesson. ( )
  ahsreads | Dec 14, 2012 |
Chris and Win, best friends since early childhood, spend their final summer before college cycling across the country from W. Virginia, destination Seattle, WA. Somewhere out west, Chris loses his cycling partner when Win doesn’t stop while Chris is changing a flat tire. As the story evolves, we learn about the friction between the friends and that, ultimately, Chris didn’t mind finishing his journey alone. The plot flips back and forth between Chris in college, tailed by an FBI agent and the boys’ journey across the west. Chris makes a trip back out west to search for Win. There is a good focus on coming into one’s own personality under/despite parental performance pressure. Could be a good read for high school students gaining independence from helicopter -or judgmental- parents. ( )
  lscottke | Apr 23, 2012 |
Best friends, Chris and Win, are about to graduate from high school when they plan a cross-country bicycle trip before they head off their separate ways to college. However, along the way, the friends have an argument. Chris gets a flat tire….again, but this time, Win doesn’t stop for him. After Chris fixes his flat, Win is nowhere to be found. Chris finishes the trip alone and then heads off to college. Then, one day, an FBI agent shows up and starts questioning Chris about Win’s disappearance.
I really enjoyed this book and could totally relate to Win’s need to escape his overbearing father, as many teens probably can, as well as the desire to head out on an adventure to see more of the world. The book is well written and has enough mystery and adventure to keep readers interested. Older teens may relate to the pressures Chris and Win face in transitioning from High School to adulthood and to college. Many will relate to Win’s relationship with his father and the feeling of wanting to escape. ( )
  NicolLH | Aug 5, 2011 |
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When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened.

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