“Everything about this book was fantastic. Chris Cleave does such a wonderful job of detailing emotions and thoughts that it's hard to remember this isn't a true story. I loved that it's about a sport that I know nothing about. So I was entertained and I learned a lot! A really great book!”see full review » see other reviews »
“Everything about this book was fantastic. Chris Cleave does such a wonderful job of detailing emotions and thoughts that it's hard to remember this isn't a true story. I loved that it's about a sport that I know nothing about. So I was entertained and I learned a lot! A really great book!”kderoshia wrote this review Tuesday, April 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pg 91: Zoe: "These were the moments of happiness; you had to take them. You had to notice the minutes of stillness where memory was clement and the surface of your life was the mirror of an unruffled sea. You could almost believe you had raced so hard that you had outrun the past. The sensation was indistinguishable from that of being forgiven.
Pg 361: Zoe: "What that not fair on the others, or was that not fair on me?"
Tom her coach: He grinned. "Sweetheart, fair is a hair color."”
“I really love his books. ”Belle wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gold covers a lot of ground. It focuses on the pursuit of Olympic gold on the bicycle track by three main characters. The physical, mental, and emotional intensity of preparation for elite racing is mesmerizing, opening up realizations that one suspects but has confirmed. It is, however, a novel of characters who have been damaged in some way and who try to drive their pain away through the pain of competitive training and the often insatiable desire to win.
The novel has some extraordinary relationship twists that are both painful and unnerving to read. In the middle of so much of the drama is a little girl struggling with leukemia and her chemotherapy treatments. Her immersion into the mythology of Star Wars and her sensitivity to the needs of her parents are compelling.
I liked the novel overall, but found that there were so many complex, layered issues to deal with, that there was little time to sort them out as the novel progressed. The struggles and the sadness never seemed to let up and, for me, may the novel a heavy load.”
“I love all of Chris Cleave's books. This one didn't disappoint.”Rachel E Rock wrote this review Monday, March 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What happens to competitive athletes when winning becomes all there is to life? Zoe is a complex character who is striving to win Olympic Gold in the 2012 London Games. Her need to win is an obsession in her life. Cleave writes a storyline that is compelling with main characters who have complicated, tragic lives. The story is timely and Cleave's writing style kept me turning pages. ”Lee M wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A nice light read. This is my second book by this author. I really enjoyed it.”CinLove wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At times I thought there was too much going on here; it was harder for me to be fully invested in each charater's story--there's a lot going on. This book read really quickly, and the drama of it was inticing, though. I felt there were parts that were perhaps overly sentimental, but by the end I was crying like a baby. I feel like it could have gone so many ways, but the novel ended on a better note than I was anticipating.
The author's note at the end also seemed a little too advertise-y...but I guess Cleave write the book to make an impact.
Overall, I really enjoyed _Gold_, and was impressed by the end how everything came together. If 3.5 stars was an option, I'd do that.”
“I liked this one better than Little Bee. The characters are good and the Olympic cyclist backdrop is interesting. There are a few unrealistic plot pieces, but I think the author does such a good job with the rest of the storytelling that I kind of overlooked it. ”Mick L wrote this review Wednesday, January 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book about two competing world class cyclists preparing for the London Olympics and how their lives and bicycles weave in and out and collide. Not as realistic or compelling as Little Bee, but a good read. This one would probably appeal more to female readers- thems of friendhip and envy.”Debbi K wrote this review Sunday, January 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No