The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family, and Faith

Valerie Shampine

4 Stars

November 4, 2017

I've seen a few of the TV shows talked about in this book, and I love motorcycles and choppers, so getting this book was a nice change for me. It was interesting reading about Paul's challenging life growing up and I related to it so much it was amazing at times. I too, grew up with a self-employed father in business with a drinking problem, riding snowmobiles in the winter and motorcycles in summer. I went through many similar struggles as Paul did with his father trying to control him as he was growing up and not encouraging him to continue his education because of the family business being there. Paul's faith instilled in him by his mother made a large difference in his life though. The TV show revealed the battling between father and son, long after his father had found sobriety, but the book shares the reasons behind it and why Paul Jr. chose to make a different way of living to raise his son in to break the cycle. You also get to learn a bit about the rest of the family that didn't show up on camera. An advance copy was provided by Blogging For Books for an impartial review.