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Shredded [Kindle Edition]

Karen Avivi
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Drop into the world of rule-breaking, gravity-defying girls who shred riding freestyle BMX

Josie Peters thinks she’ll do anything to ride in the Ultimate BMX freestyle event the summer before her senior year. To hit the qualifying events in the Midwest, Josie and her friends take off on a summer road trip where late-night parties, an intimidating mega ramp, and the lure of sponsorships spark friction between the girls. When Josie’s best chance for success depends on her relationship with flashy rider R.T. Torres, she has to decide what she’s trying to win and how much she’ll sacrifice.

More than a girls’ sports book or a BMX biking book, Shredded by Karen Avivi is a motivating push-your-limits story that takes on feminism, friendship, sexism, and sibling rivalry.

Even readers unfamiliar with BMX or extreme sports will be caught up in the adrenaline rush of Josie’s tricks, wipeouts, and wins. Hints of romance provide extra conflict without overtaking the main plot. Ideal for fans of realistic young adult fiction, Shredded features a strong female lead character who goes after what she wants by taking action.

"Authentic, fun, emotional, and just plain gorgeous writing."
- Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author

Editorial Reviews


"Shredded is the holy grail of young adult fiction. This book is absolutely perfect."
- San Francisco Book Review (5 stars)

"I loved this book... Karen Avivi's extensive research into BMX tricks and competitions has resulted in a book that keeps the reader's attention riveted during the description of each gravity-defying trick. She also addresses some very important issues about how young women are frequently treated in extreme sport competitions, and how that can be changed by the young women who participate. You don't have to be a woman to enjoy this book or be into BMX or other extreme sports. It is a fabulous read and one I wholeheartedly recommend." -Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

"...I love this book. Flippin' LOVE IT.... Fast paced, emotionally resonant, and high speed action: this book will play well with guys and girls. The writing is clear and compelling - Josie Peters as a character is clear as day, and her hesitations, hurts, and victories make the text live and breathe.
Seriously, if you have any teen/tween girls around you - put this book into their hands. Read it yourself. It's powerfully motivating..."
-Reviewed by Tanita Davis of Finding Wonderland: The Writing YA Weblog

"This book is so good it made me want to start shouting empowerment slogans at the top of my lungs like some sort of deranged Spice Girl."  - Litchick's Hit List (Rating: A)

"Avivi has herself a novel that teen girls will not be able to resist!

A most delicious novel for any middle/high school library!"
- Jennifer Szoch at Novel Nutritious

"Engrossing, pulse-racing and features one hell of a daredevil for a heroine!"
- Dia Pelaez at Book Junkie Joint (5 stars)

"Fantastic Sports Read for Teen Girls and Guys ... Definitely going on my 'Recommended' list!"- Kelli Bragg at

About the Author

Karen Avivi is never bored. If the weather is nice, it’s almost impossible for her to stay inside. Karen has tried surfing, skydiving, scuba diving, stunt classes, archery, winter camping, orienteering, mountaineering, mountain biking, and she even attempted a bike ramp once but it didn’t end well. If she’s not reading or writing, she’s usually planning a new adventure.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991807936
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1TM534
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,394 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & Realistic. This book is awesome. December 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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 sport either...this book is about BMX riding. I didn't even know that BMX riding was an option as a sport when I was growing up. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. More girls need to be exposed to awesome sports like this...and, like Julie says, not just because their older brother's into it.

Julie's story starts when, after she lands her first back flip at a skate park, she finds out that her boyfriend has been cheating on her. This moment creates a theme that transcends this whole novel...girls are multifaceted, and they shouldn't just be looked at as either girly, manly, nonexistent, or in the way.

And that's what's so great about Shredded. This book is groundbreaking and inspirational, but Julie isn't the perfect pedestaled heroine, either. Yes, she is brave, tough, and amazing...but she's also scared, an underdog, and real. She does backflips and tail whips, but she also cries when she realizes all her friends are leaving her for the summer, and is embarrassed when she has to go to prom with bruises on her face from falling off her bike. Josie is exactly the kind of role model I would want for my daughter. Somebody who is a completely normal girl, but overcomes incredible obstacles while still maintaining her unique and lovable personality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what teenage girls SHOULD be reading November 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
*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 premise that it bucked a lot of the trends and tropes that tend to lead to my epic bitch-fits. She was right. This book has single handedly saved the entire genre for me. It’s THAT good. In fact, this book is so good it made me want to start shouting empowerment slogans at the top of my lungs like some sort of deranged Spice Girl.

“I am woman, hear me roar!”

“Girl Power!”


Oops, scratch that last one, got carried away.

Anywho, the sentiment stands. You see, Josie, our 17 year old MC, is a badass. The book opens with her attempting to do her first public back flip (ON A BIKE) in a crowded skate park surrounded by boys. Is she internally freaking out? A little. And who wouldn’t be? Have you seen the carnage on YouTube resulting from failed bike tricks?! Regardless of this, her fears fly from her mind the second she starts plummeting down the incline ramp. Why? See the second sentence in this paragraph.

Not only is she a BAMF but she also understands that the world doesn’t owe her a damn thing just for being born. She realizes that if you want something done you have to do it. And if you want to change people’s perceptions you have to show them why they should pay attention and why your cause matters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A female main character you actually LIKE!! January 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this funny, realistic, extremely entertaining book. I really loved the female main character who's refreshingly smart, realistic, funny, and likable. She's physically fit as part of her lifestyle, enjoys the company of boys without defining herself or her worth through those relationships, and NEVER sits around being boring and whiny while chasing vampires or other supernatural beings. The plot kept moving and the characters kept shaping up into people I loved inviting into my imaginary world. I'll definitely be looking out for more titles by Karen Avivi.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great YA read! April 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
(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 such. SHREDDED is a book I would recommend to any teen girl, it's a book that isn't about romance, it's about a girl and her love of a sport that she's an underdog in.

I know nothing, and I mean nothing about BMX. That didn't stop me from being intrigued with the synopsis though; I like to read about things I'm not familiar with in hopes of becoming more informed. Avivi writes about it in a way that is easy to understand, I could envision the tricks and competitions vividly and easily. And I actually really enjoyed it.

Josie Peters is passionate about her sport. She pushes herself constantly and when she falls, she just gets back up. That's admirable at such a young age. She wants to change the people's view of girl BMX riders, in the BMX community they aren't taken seriously. I love her determination. Now, she's still a seventeen-year-old girl, so of course she has boy problems but that is never in the forefront of the story. I also loved how involved her parents were and their views towards her riding. It was all very believable.

Josie has a great cast of friends that each brought something to the story. I really liked them all and the different relationships she had with them. Although I do feel as if things were left open-ended for some of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Girl power!
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Whymsy Likes Books
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
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.
Published 18 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
What a great story. A fun, pleasant read and well worth it. Hard to put down at times because you just want to know what happens next. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome BMX Story
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... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Desert Rose Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great female role model
Josie is one of the girls who love to participate in BMX events, but when she finds out her boyfriend has dumped her right before the prom, she is livid. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Marsha E. Lytle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!!
** 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!! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Megan McCooey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read with action, emotion, and an interesting twist
I loved this book. As a mother who loves YA fiction, I'd definitely recommend Shredded to my teenage daughter and her friends. Read more
Published 24 months ago by KA Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a strong YA heroine
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. Read more
Published on May 21, 2013 by Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew BMX could be so fun?
I've got to admit, when I heard this book was about the competitive BMX bike circuit, I wondered if it was for me. I'm not a biker myself, far from it. Read more
Published on May 6, 2013 by elizabeth ulin
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Karen Avivi is never bored. If the weather is nice, it's almost impossible for her to stay inside. Karen has tried surfing, skydiving, scuba diving, stunt classes, archery, winter camping, orienteering, mountaineering, mountain biking, and she even attempted a bike ramp once but it didn't end well. If she's not reading or writing, she's usually planning a new adventure.

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