Reviews for White Bicycle

VOYA Reviews 2013 June
In this third entry in a coming-of-age series, Taylor is a unique teenager who happens to have Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. Over one summer, Taylor travels to the southern part of France in the Lourmarin area, where she takes on the assignment of personal care assistant, but many circumstances complicate her life. A good part of this novel revolves around the landscape and artistic culture in this part of the world. If only taking on a work assignment would be that easy, Taylor often ponders as she tells us her story in the first-person. Her father left her and her mother when she was still a child. Taylor reflects on this as she inwardly blames herself. Her overbearing mother accompanies her to France. In some ways, this stifles and smothers Taylor. In fact, it is Taylor's annoying, yet well-meaning mother who complicates Taylor's life throughout the novel. Taylor has to choose how to navigate this rough landscape. With her trusty white bicycle by her side and her fighting spirit, can Taylor overcome her life's obstacles The author's personal background brings many unusual aspects to the creation of this third novel in her series. Her background in theater and her connection to her own late mother and autism blend well together. This is a great read for young adults who would like to figure out their identity in a choice-filled world. They will not be disappointed.--Sharon Blumberg 5Q 4P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.