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Still mourning the loss of Lucas Nelson, the boy she loved in secret for years, seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin turns to her passion for mountain biking to try to fill the empty void in her life. But just when things start looking up, Emmy discovers her mom has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Confused and angry that her parents didn’t tell her sooner, she throw ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Sky Pony Press (first published February 7th 2017)
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Katie W
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
My inner teenage self loves the angsty stories and I would have devoured this back then. Even now, I still really enjoyed it. I love the passion that Emmy has found for mountain bike racing, as that is something that carries her through the trials in her life. I love that she has an escape and something to focus on that helps her become a better person all-around.

A great moral to this story is to be careful how you judge others. I think it's human nature to jump to quick conclusions about people
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Kara
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
I picked this one up based on a blogging friend's high recommendation and was so happy I did! Even though I hadn't read the first book, Love, Lucas, this one is more of a companion novel than an outright sequel, so it stands very well all on its own. Emmy is the reason I loved this story. Still coping with the grief of losing the boy she loved, I connected with her struggles to handle those complicated emotions. Add to that the fact that her mother has a huge health crisis and I completely under ...more
Roxanne
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Sky Pony Press for providing me a copy of book in exchange for a fair review.


Emmy hasn't been dealing with things well, she quit the mountain bike team after Lucas's death and hasn't won first place in a long time. Just when things are starting to look up she finds out that her mom has been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer.


Now she is trying to navigate her feelings for Cole, her place on the team and the reality of losing her mom as she knows her. Then an accident almost chang
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Beatrice Rivers
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

This is a gripping, reality which shows that you are in danger doing the simplest of things…

Emmy Martin intrigued me. She has lost her best friend, the one boy who she can’t stand likes her and her family is not as close as she thought it was. Even after all of this happening, she still pushes herself every day to keep herself fit enough to race her mountain bike. But she is always just that little bit behind Whitne
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Adriana
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Please ignore the summary it is only partially correct which bothers me more than you could know. First of all Cole isn't the rich boy who only cares about himself. He does have money but he always has had an interest in our main character, Emmy. Second, Cole helps train Emmy after her one-on-one race with Emmy and that is at the very very end of the book. There is so much more that goes on with her and Cole before the training. Also, why is the terrible accident even mentioned? This summary.... ...more
Susan K
Romance, clean, YA, series but stand alone
Emmy's second book with Cole. This can be read without reading Love, Lucas, although that was a wonderful read. Very poignant. The disease (won't say who), the competition, the injuries, the 'thing' between Emmy and Cole. It was just a beautiful, heartfelt, read. Two competitors, who become friends, who trust and build on the attraction. Kelsey was a great foil and friend, Gavin a nice secondary character in her brother, and the relationship with her par
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Mia Giarritano
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best book ever, and the sequel to "Love Lucas."
Sarah
Oct 21, 2016 added it
Cute!
Kristie
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on www.yabookscentral.com

Lucas Nelson loved Emmy Martin, but he waited until a week before he died of cancer to tell her that. Emmy had loved Lucas for years, but she kept quiet out of respect for their friendship, her friendship with Lucas's sister, and her belief that he only thought of her as a friend.

As SWITCHING GEARS by Chantele Sedgwick begins, it's been a month since Lucas died, and Emmy is understandably still grieving. Mountain biking is one way she copes with
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Sharon
Sky Pony Press and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Switching Gears. This is my honest opinion of the book.

Only one month after Lucas, neighbor and best friend, died from an illness, Emmy decides to ride in her first mountain bike race of the season. When a second place finish prompts her to accept a race with her biggest rival, Whitney, will Emmy put everything on the line to prove that she can win? Will family issues and confusing feelings about Cole, fellow racer and high scho
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Emily F
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic teen drama, and it demonstrated that emotional teen drama DOES NOT have to have vulgarity and explicit content to reach teens. This was a beautiful wakeup call. It was poignant with emotional depth and shows characters recognizing potentially harmful coping mechanisms. So inspiring! I borrowed this, but I definitely want my own copy of this book, along with (at least) one for my classroom! It is so well-written - I'm wanting to underline stuff left and right. I thought Love, ...more
Rebecca Baughman
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This companion (not sequel) to Love, Lucas stands alone.

Emmy is having a hard time getting over the death of her best friend, Lucas. On top of that, her mother has been diagnosed with an unforgiving disease. Emmy decides to put her focus on mountain biking and pushes everyone else away except her friend, Kelsie. Cole sees something special in Emmy and is quite persistent in getting to know her. Despite how hard she tries to alienate him, Cole won't give up.
Christina Burbage
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a goodreads win and I am thrilled that I got to read it. It is probably not one that I would have purchased but I will definitely look forward to reading more from this author. The characters were lovable and relatable. I thought that it was going to be just a predictable sweet read until the end and then it became a fantastically weaved story.
Tamara
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A worthy and well-written YA novel about navigating life.
Suey
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A companion novel to Love, Lucas about the girl that loved him, that he left behind and how she tries to get on with her life.
Tami
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think the writing was much improved from her other book I recently read. Similar-ish plot line...she likes the plot twist close to the end of her books.
Lucy Sprange
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book 😂👏
Becky Hutchison
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Sky Pony Press is starting to be my go-to publisher for young adult books. Their newest addition, SWITCHING GEARS, a follow up to LOVE, LUCAS by Chantele Sedgwick, is a wonderful example of what I think makes a great young adult romance. The writing is easy-flowing and never bogs down, the action is exciting and plentiful, and the lead characters have realistic flaws and grow throughout the story. And, of course, the heroine gets her HEA.

Seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin loves mountain biking.
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Kathy
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick is a poignant young adult novel about loss, family and unexpected love. This companion piece to Love, Lucas that can be read a standalone.

Following the tragic loss of her best friend and secret love, Lucas Nelson, seventeen year old Emmy Martin's life is still off kilter. An avid mountain bike racer, she is disappointed when she comes in second place in a race against her nemesis Whitney. She is still also smarting over losing her team captain spot to relativ
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BethLee
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Switching Gears is a good book about families and biking.

Summary from Goodreads:
Still mourning the loss of Lucas Nelson, the boy she loved in secret for years, seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin turns to her passion for mountain biking to try to fill the empty void in her life. But just when things start looking up, Emmy discovers her mom has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Confused and angry that her parents didn’t tell her sooner, she throws herself into mountain biking like never bef
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Taylor Hayes
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and sky Pony Press !

This was a companion novel to Love, Lucas. While I did not read that this book stood on its own very well. Emmy is still struck by the loss of her first love that she never even got the chance to be with. The book starts off with her taking her first steps into trying to reclaim her life but fate may have other plans when her mom becomes sick.
Emmy is a mountain biker and bike builder. I LOVE THAT it truly made her stand out for me. She didn't care if s
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Wendy
Nov 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: feel-good
Whole review also on my blog: http://nextbookaroundthecorner.blogsp...

The blurb of this book made me curious. Since I'm currently working for a company in bike supplies, this book was right up my alley. Bikes, romance, drama, definitely sounds interesting. And yes, the book started of great. You are swept into the mourning of Emmy over losing her neighbour and best friend Lucas and the determination of Emmy to beat her nemesis Whitney. Chantele Sedgwick certainly knows how to describe her charac
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poppy
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A sweet book i liked it would try more by this author.It started well for me and your heart goes out to Emmy struggling with loss and struggles at home.A nice book worth a read
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