Published by Melanie Hooyenga on March 9th 2018
Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree.
When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.
There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.
Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.
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I catch his eye and he gives me a smile that loosens the knot in my stomach. I smile back because it’s the polite thing to do, not because I find him intriguing. Without dirt covering his face I can see the freckles that dust his nose and the scar that peeks out from beneath the scruff on his jaw. His teeth aren’t exactly straight and reddish-brown hair peeks out from beneath his helmet. And without his louder friend Topher, he seems more confident.
Cally waves Alex down the trail, and we ride in that order: Alex, Cally, me, and Mica. He doesn’t crowd me, but I’m hyper-aware that my shorts leave very little to the imagination.
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
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