Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
'Shift' is a very intriguing mystery. I couldn't leave the book until I'd finished a chapter, it was just that good. The two main characters, Chris and Win, have a very interesting, dysfunctional friendship, which is shown through their behavior. At times they can be best friends, and then suddenly turn into arch enemies. But their friendship is deeper than what is on the surface, they have this mysterious connection, which you can't exactly pinpoint until you are well into the novel. Chris and Win embark on a long bike trek across the United States during the summer between their high school graduation and freshmen year of college. Chris is ready to attend college but Win is not so sure. Win is a rich kid but being rich doesn't always been you have the best life. Win could vouch on that. Chris on the other hand, his family is middle-class but they're your average family.When an argument takes place, between the two friends, after weeks of biking, they're separated. They're going their own ways and who knows what's in store for them?
I personally enjoyed this book because I love that it was a page-turner, and I didn't want to put it down until I knew what happened next. The format of the story is very compelling too, with the chapters going back and forth from when they were on their journey, to the present with Chris and his life.
The mystery isn't just simply written on paper, you need to read in between the lines and try to figure out what it really going on, and that's another thing I really liked. The mystery wasn't given to you on a silver platter and you needed to use what you know about their characteristics from previous chapters and predict what will happen next.
I'm not going into too much detail about this story because if I do, it'll give it all away. Read it for yourself and then comment here what you thought of this engaging novel.