Friday, February 24, 2012

Review + Giveaway: Ride for Rights by Tara Chevrestt

From the Back Cover:

In the summer of 1916 women do not have the right to vote, let alone be motorcycle dispatch riders. Two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide Hanson are determined to prove to the world that not only are women capable of riding motorbikes, but they can ride motorbikes across the United States. Alone.

From a dance hall in Chicago to a jail cell in Dodge City, love and trouble both follow Angeline and Adelaide on the dirt roads across the United States. The sisters shout their triumph from Pike’s Peak only to end up lost in the Salt Lake desert.

Will they make it to their goal of Los Angeles or will too many mishaps prevent them from reaching their destination and thus, hinder their desire to prove that women can do it?

My Thoughts:

Entertaining, educational, and good, clean fun! The story of the girls' journey across America is interspersed with entries in Angeline's diary and her comments on news headlines from the summer of 1916, and excerpts from news articles chronicling the girls' Ride for Rights--thanks to a quick-thinking young reporter named Joe (who happens to be quite handsome, looks dashing in a fedora, and has a thing for girls on motorbikes), the New York News picks up the girls' story and they become a media sensation as Joe's articles keep the country updated on their adventures.

The story is vibrant and lively and the historical details and period descriptions are excellent! There are quite a few topics covered, with the added challenge of portraying the differing cultures and values across a country as large as America, but the balance is just right here and I loved the references to music and fashion and entertainment. Both of the sisters have distinct personalities, and they are portrayed realistically. My sister and I are completely different in as many ways as we are exactly alike, and that dynamic can be hard to transfer to the page, but Tara does a great job of it here, and creates two worthy heroines in the process. There's a bit of a role reversal by the end too--at first Angeline comes across as the bolder, more independent sister and Adelaide is more cautious and subdued. It was fun to watch the sisters mature with style as they faced adversity and learned some painful lessons.

My only real quibble would be that I think the girls had it a little too easy. Yeah, they got into some tight spots, but someone always showed up just in time to save the day, or else circumstances were rigged rather conveniently for them to get themselves out of a mess. But because this is written with such an upbeat, positive vibe, and it is very clean, it would be a great read for young adults and middle graders, too. It's a charming and infinitely readable story of the women's rights movement, which doesn't get too much attention in fiction. It's well-written, colorful, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Two thumbs up! In fact, with U.S. involvement in World War I looming, I'd kind of like to see what happens next for Adelaide, Angeline, and Joe...

My Rating:  4 Stars out of 5

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*Please note:  Though I received this book from the author, these are my unbiased thoughts and I was not compensated in any other way for reviewing this book.


  1. Wow! Thanks for reviewing this book. I hadn't heard of it before but your review has me interested and I can't lie - I'm also interested just because my dad rides a motorcycle.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Seems like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Elizabeth L.

  3. I definitely love the sound of this book and the cover looks gorgeous! Thank you for the chance!

  4. I would love to read about the sister's escapades!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

  5. This sounds very interesting! I'd love to read it! Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. Women in historical times definitely had it harder in society. It's one of the reason why I like reading historical fiction. I want these characters to not have it too easy so it's realistic but have to work for something or someone. I'll keep this book in mind. I like the time period and it sounds like it has good historical details. Thank you for the review and giveaway.


  7. Interesting book. Thanks

  8. Thank you for the giveaway!

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. It looks like I’m in the minority but I have a true affinity to the written word and read almost everything in print. Obviously this book has more appeal to female tastes but I’m not in the least intimidated. I would like a chance to read this book and review it from the male perspective. I must be honest that the thought of winning anything also adds extra stimuli for entering. My empirical knowledge of many writers and novels should only add to my ability to write an honest and impartial review.

  10. This sounds so fascinating. I wasn't aware the women weren't allowed to ride motorcycles at one time. I love to read stories about women fighting to get their rights.


  11. My kind of girls. Sounds like a really fun read.


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