REVIEW: “Britt and the Bike God” by Kody Keplinger

Review of Kody Keplinger, “Britt and the Bike God”, in Marieke Nijkamp, ed., Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018): 18-37 — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology).

This was a straight up realistic-fiction story, nothing speculative about it at all, just the story of a girl in love. Teenaged Britt actually has two loves, the first and foremost of which is bike riding. When retinitis pigmentosa slowly took away her vision, her parents bought her a tandem bike and set up a bike club at the local university so that she’d always have someone to ride with — including love (or, more like, teenage crush!) number two, Andre.

It was really cute, and the sort of story I would’ve enjoyed a lot as a teenager, with a straight-out, unabashed happy ending. A very good kind of story.