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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Drop into the world of rule-breaking, gravity-defying girls who shred riding freestyle BMX.

Shredded by Karen Avivi is more than a teen girls’ sports book or a BMX biking book; it’s a motivating push-your-limits story for anyone who refuses to overlooked.

Josie Peters thinks she’ll do anything to qualify for the Ultimate BMX freestyle event the summer before her senior year
Paperback, 314 pages
Published April 19th 2013 by Karen Avivi (first published January 1st 2013)
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I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review

*grabs soap box*

*attempts to stand on soap box*


*falls off rickety soap box*


Not to sound preachy but if you’re under the age of 20, this is the book you SHOULD be reading. This is the main character you SHOULD look up to and her story is the one that SHOULD inspire you to follow your dreams.

I’d pretty much given up on YA-Contemporary before this book was suggested to me (by my obviously genius friend) on the premi
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young girls
Recommended to Brandi by: Navessa

What to say, what to say...this was a hard to rate book; I liked it well enough, but it didn't blow me away.

Let me start with this synopsis: "Drop into the world of girls’ freestyle BMX for an action-packed summer road-trip adventure.

Josie Peters thinks she’ll do anything to qualify for the Ultimate BMX freestyle event the summer before her senior year. She can handle road trips and back flips, but when flashy rider R.T. Torres tempts her with an easy “in,” the sacrifices required threate
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
My Review
4 Roses

From the synopsis on Goodreads, this book sounded like a fantastic read. Having spent most of my time as a kid either reading or on my bike, skate-board, or roller blades, a book about a BMX girl definitely sounded interesting.

The plot in this book is fantastic, and exactly what I was hoping for. Thankfully lacking the teen angst and emotional yo-yos that often accompany YA books, this story has realism and depth, while being a wonderful inspiration. We get to follow Josie on her summer adventu
Megan McCooey
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
** This Review originally appeared on my Indie author blog, Turn The Page Book Blog. **

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!

What a Fantastic Story by Karen Avivi!! Okay so maybe I have a soft spot for girls who push the limits with sports that are dubbed "guys sports", but the storyline, the characters, the flow of the writing - it was all there. I read this book in one sitting. I started it early in the morning over coffee and finished it befor
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Josie Peters thinks she has everything she needs, a decent boyfriend, good friends, and the drive to make sure her BMX skills are always improving. Then her boyfriend dumps her just before prom and she learns her friends are all going away for the summer and she is forced to find other means of distraction which leads her to connect with a few other BMX girls and sets her on the journey to compete in more than one tournament this sum
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I think I’ve only watched about five minutes of BMX on TV in my entire life, and that was because I couldn’t find the remote control to change the channel fast enough. But I have to say that this is a welcome addition to the fairly predictable contemporary genre. It’s my opinion that a good writer can make you interested in any subject, and with a strong character like Josie, this book was un-put-downable for me. Hope there's a sequel!
Actual rating: 3.5

So when I was in high school, I took Speech and Debate. It was my favorite class, as you can imagine, and one of the requirements was that you had to compete in an actual competition to get a good grade. So we'd travel all over Arizona to compete.

I loved it. I looked forward to competitions more than anything else. Well, one of the competitions was set up during my annual Halloween party. I don't know how it got started, but out of all my friends, I hosted the Halloween party.
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I know absolutely nothing about BMX, aside from a somewhat entertaining, but very early 2000s, made for television Disney movie whose name I can’t remember, and now that I think about it, it might not have actually been about BMX, though I seem to remember bikes and such. But I like books that ooze girl power, and Shredded’s description seemed to promise that, so I took a leap of faith, even though it seemed a bit out of my com
I hadn't known what to expect, since I'm not an avid BMX trick rider fan, but Karen Avivi has written such a solid story that my lack of knowledge didn't matter!

Through Josie’s eyes, we see how much courage it takes for female BMX trick riders in a sport that typically thinks of females as “less-thans”.

All the reactions felt true: the jealousy of her boyfriend, whom she can out-trick, as well as other males who rankle at females who aren’t scared to ride a 50-foot drop half-pipe; Josie’s parents
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you want a girl-centric book, this is it.

Upon reading the description, I had hoped Josie would be a protagonist like the side-character Maggie in Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride. By that, I mean a confident stunt BMX girl who also balanced her school work and enjoyed clothes/shopping/other "girly" things. But for someone who was so adamant about girl-power, Josie seemed to discriminate against girls who weren't as tough as her all the same. She seemed to scoff at Gianna's way of life, and
Miranda Lynn
This book was so cool. Shredded is very different from any other young adult contemporary book that I have ever read. I'm not even really a huge fan of young adult contemporary, but I loved this book, and there definitely needs to be more novels like this on the market.

I think that I can probably count on one hand the number of YA books I've read in which the female protagonist plays a sport and it's mentioned more than just "oh I went to tennis practice." And this book isn't just about any old
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Engrossing, pulse-racing and features one hell of a daredevil for a heroine!

I'm all for strong female heroines in stories, and that was the main reason why I was so ecstatic when I was approved to read and review Shredded by Karen Avivi!

I LOVE JOSIE!!! She thrives in the male-dominated sport of freestyle BMX and kicks ass like it's nothing! And at the heart of it all, I appreciate that Josie took the lead and initiated change by leading female BMXers
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book and story. The central character of Josie is funny , intelligent and sassy. A girl who is trying to challenge assumptions and make it in a male dominated sports world is probably nothing new, but is eloquently explored in the book.

The featured sport of BMX cycling that takes centre stage in the story could just as easily be transposed for women's soccer/football, cricket, tennis, etc, (albeit not as extreme), with the theme of gender politics, and women having to fight t
Whymsy Likes Books
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rewiewed
Action, realism and heart, a great combo.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for a fair review.

So, first of all I know this is a story about BMX bike riding, but you don’t have to know about that world to read it. The themes transcend the setting, (Yep, I just got all philosophical and used a big concept. My parents like to occasionally see my college education shine through.) and things like the tricks are reasonably explained. So don’t let that put you off. Okay now that the
Teri Beth
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Reviewed at Lives and Breathes Book Blog.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Do you remember the original Disney channel movies? (Sidenote: I miss those movies.) The one about the female dirt bike rider? Motorcrossed, I think it was. Well, the entire time I was reading SHREDDED I kept thinking about that movie. Maybe it was just the extreme sports aspect or it was possibly the way girls are discriminated against in these sports and that both the movie and SHREDDED showcase su
Ashley Marie
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Just found out that I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I am so excited! I cannot wait to receive this book and start reading it. I hope that it comes quickly. I will edit this review after I have read it.

So I just finished the book, yay! I honestly went into this book thinking that I probably was not going to like it. It is not the type of book that I would normally read. I am a fantasy lover... A book about girls BMX just sounded so not me. I was completely wrong!
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Being an athlete isn't easy. To reach a competitive level, Josie Peters had to practice lots of stunts, fracturing her wrist in the process. And if you were to ask her if it was worth it -- you'd hear a loud Yes!

So when she gets an invitation to join the BMX team that sponsors pro rider R.T.Torres, a Latin heartthrob with impressive moves on and off the park, Josie jumps on the opportunity. But instead of acceptance, Josie discovers that the only reason she was requested is because they aren't e
Jackie - Fire & Ice Book Reviews
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
I Received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. When I started reading this book, I was thinking, I don't want to read a book about bikes. However when I i got further along in reading this book, I couldn't put it down.

I would put this book down to do something, but find myself picking it back up. This story was addicting. I have never read a book about BMX bikes. Wow those tricks the riders did, was so cool. This book was full of action, and most importantly it lets everyone kno
Valerie Dieter
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Valerie by: netgalley
Josie lives in the shadow of her older brother, the football star, and can't get her parents to notice the opportunities that her BMX skills can bring. Adding to that frustration is that BMX is a male dominated sport where girls are hardly recognized. When she and her friends find out that one of the biggest competitions, Ultimate BMX, is cutting down the number of slots for female competitors, they decide that they will do what it takes to get into that competition. But Josie begins to realize ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Im glad i chose this book for R4R. Its a great book for girls to push boundaries and follow your dream if you really want it bad enough. To be honest i almost didnt finish it cause it was kind of slow in the beginning but once it got to the part with competitions it picked up and i continued which im glad i did. This book also shows that it may be a guy sport but girls can do it just as good if not better if they try hard enough and got the passion for it like the character Josie. Overall its a ...more
Tanita Davis
Reviewed for NetGalley and on Finding Wonderland - - people THIS ONE IS GOOD. Give it to your sporty girls AND guys - looking for more good things from this author. Perfect summer reading.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shredded is an awesome book that encourages to try hard to achieve anything that they set their minds too. Josie is determined that she won't let a "guys sport" hold her back.
Kristine Asselin
Great action, great pacing. Fabulous book for girls who love fringe sports (or even those who don't)!
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down because i wanted to know what would happen next. I really enjoyed the characters and I can't wait to read more from this author.
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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Shredded: Karen Avivi

Publisher: Self-Published

Date of Publication: April 19, 2013

Synopsis Courtesy of Goodreads:

Drop into the world of girls’ freestyle BMX for an action-packed summer road-trip adventure.

Josie Peters thinks she’ll do anything to qualify for the Ultimate BMX freestyle event the summer before her senior year. She can handle road trips and back flips, but when flashy rider R.T. Torres tempts her with an easy “in,” the sacrifices required threaten to send
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I've gotten into skateboarding and snowboarding so I was pretty excited to read about a girl who was involved in an action sport. The message was clear throughout the book and I loved reading about the gutsy things the girls were doing. However, there wasn't anything gripping about the book. There wasn't anything suspenseful about it. There weren't any consequences for Josie not winning. Sure, she wanted to prove that she was better than the boys, but losing didn't result in anything. ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It wasn't exactly what I expected, but I think I would have loved it in high school, and I would hand it to any young girl who may want to do things that are awesome, but thinks they aren't an option for her. I think this book is about a 3.5 in content, but rounds up easily to a 4.0 for its awesome message, and its awesome BMX stuff. One of the reasons it is in a 3.5 range for me is because I think the actual rides in the competitions should have been more of the book, bec ...more
Kimber Burnett
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this as a First Reads from goodreads

Josie Peters rides BMX bikes. She desperately wants to compete. After joing with two other female riders, the opportunity comes for competition. Together the girls face many lessons in friendship, boys, relationships, discrimination and family support.

Alot of action in this book!! Also alot of relationship issues with resolution that made me smile. I think this is a great book for teenagers or adults!
Roze Wallin
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John Childress
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mildly interesting, has funny moments, and the main character is easy to connect with and feel for. would read again definitely.
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Like her characters, Karen Avivi enjoys an active, outdoor lifestyle. Since her discus and shot put throwing days in high school, she’s always been intrigued by fringe sports including surfing, skydiving, scuba diving, stunt classes, winter camping, orienteering, mountaineering, mountain biking, and archery. If she's not reading or writing at home in Montreal, Karen is probably planning a new adve ...more

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