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Review: Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

Posted on: March 11, 2009

Shift

The summer between High School and college is an exciting, often scary time for most teens. With one foot in childhood and one in adulthood, it’s a time for change, burgeoning independence, and new experiences. For best friends Chris and Win, a cross-country bike trip is the epitome of a transitional summer that went wrong. So wrong that only one of them comes home. So wrong that an FBI agent follows Chris to college demanding answers. Shift by Jennifer Bradbury is an exploration of not only a life-changing trip, but also what it means to be a friend.

I adore this book. Besides being an incredibly well-written and well-done, it’s a highly believable book. The characterization is great. That fact that I found myself alternating between loving and despising Win, is, I feel, a testament to just how realistic and three dimensional Bradbury’s characters are.

The ending was an ending that needs a day or two to sink in. It’s not a “happy ending”, but it’s the right ending, even if all along I hoped for something different. At first I felt that there was no real closure, but the more I thought about it, I realized that maybe that sense of non-closure made the novel even better, more real, more honest. Ending aren’t always clear. People don’t always act like they should, and punishment can be a relative term.

Highly recommended. This is a great entry in a genre that needs more compelling male narrated books.

Rating: 4.5 coded postcards out of 5.

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Published: May 20th 2008 by Atheneum
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages
ISBN: 1416947329
Reading Level: Young Adult

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2 Responses to "Review: Shift by Jennifer Bradbury"

I would rather have an ending right verses happy. Makes the story more believable. Thanks for the review!

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