Bradbury, J. (2008). Shift. NY: Simon & Schuster.
LS5385: YA Lit/Realistic Fiction
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What I found especially intriguing about this book was the format. First, you know from the get-go that one of the two boys who make this ride don't return home. The story then switches chapter by chapter from the present tense/fall-out of that one boy not returning to a flashback chapter that unfolds the story of the bike trip.
There is reference within the book to the book Into the Wild as at several points in the flashbacks and present tense, it becomes clear that the missing boy may have planned it that way all along.
Definitely realistic and a book I think any teen would enjoy reading. As an adult, it made me think back to lost opportunities during that very short period in life where you can truly take off and do something like these kids did.