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The Compulsive Reader: How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman

Friday, September 4, 2009

How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman


The first car was an accident. Kelleigh didn't plan on stealing it, it just sort of happened. But the rush of the experience, the excitement of it all, it gets to Kelleigh. Her life seems to be a crazy mess, and stealing cars helps Kelleigh forget about how her lawyer father is defending a rapist, her parents don't have the best relationship, her best friend is annoying her more than ever, and the guy she likes is lukewarm towards her. Stealing cars is a release. The only problem? She can’t stop.

How to Steal a Car is funny, smart, and compelling read that is different from many coming-of-age YA stories out there. Pete Hautman sets up the book so that everything you learn about Kelleigh and her friends and family is staggered throughout the book. There aren't any lengthy explanations or character histories to wade through before you dive into the action; it's all combined together, making for a more interesting and entertaining book. Kelleigh doesn't really understand why she steals cars at first, all she knows is that she hates the disjointed feeling that’s taken up residence inside her, and stealing cars gets rid of it. Her journey is every bit as surprising to her as it is to the reader. From the funny moments to the tense ones to the affecting ones, Kelleigh is an authentic, confused character, and her tumultuous feelings are completely relatable to many readers.

How to Steal a Car is a novel about growing up and learning to deal with life's more unpleasant issues, getting along with family and friends, and juggling the many confusing, conflicting emotions that usually accompany the teenage years. Hautman has a talent for being concise in his writing, yet every word is affecting. How to Steal a Car is one book that will entertain you just as much as it will make you think.

Cover Comments: I love this cover. It's simple, but yet very clever, and goes well with the title. I also really like (and this may be ahrd to see in the picture) how instead of doing just a plain, boring blue background, it's a subtle pattern of two blue hues. Such a great cover!

How to Steal a Car is out now from Scholastic!

25 comments:

Donna Gambale said...

Sounds really great. There aren't enough male YA authors out there!

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

Sounds like an interesting story. I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

Bookgeek said...

I've been wondering about this. Looks interesting - thanks

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

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celi.a said...

Love the premise - a YA book centered on a compulsive car klepto! Cool review, and I agree with you 100% on the cover awesomeness.

John said...

I heard about that book before and I think it's good. I'll probably buy it sometime.

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I haven't read it yet but based on the summary you made I think I'll buy the book and give it a read.

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A very misleading name for a great book which talks about addiction and eventual growth of the protagonist and the will to change.

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Sam said...

I don't think it's a misleading title. It's a very inspirational book and the title itself says it all.

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Louis said...

Great book indeed. He's really good at what he does. My friend said that I can relate from the book, so I'll probably buy it.
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John Stevenson said...

This makes me wonder when the first car accident lawyer came to be. Maybe this could be a new source of records.

car accident attorney los angeles said...

A great piece indeed and it's definitely moving. I hope you give us more updates about his posts.

motorcycle accident attorney los angeles said...

I just bought this book today! This is an awesome book i recommend this book for people that who are interested in this stuff.

professional driving school said...

Steeling a car is something that's very not advisable. I hope you do the right thing.

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Car insurance is very important in case of accidents because it will help you pay for the damages to your car and others.

car accident attorney los angeles said...

Pretty misleading title for an awesome read. I'm quite thrilled. There should be more synopsis on this book before I get my hands dirty with its pages.

Hannah Wilson said...

Stealing a car may seem fun and sort of challenging, but it's a serious case. Though I'm a dog bite attorney in Orlando I've encountered incidents like this, and the ones responsible had to face a lot of consequences for their poor judgement.

Ryan Donovan said...

Who wouldn't want to steal a car if given a chance right? This is an interesting post, but of course we all know that stealing a car is a serious crime. I'm sure several automobile accidents attorney in Los Angeles have handled car robbery cases as well.

Daryl Grimes said...

I would love to steal a vehicle since this will be easy money, but of course that's just wrong. I wonder if this type of cases would be handled by a motorcycle crash lawyer in los angeles.

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devendra singh said...

How to Steal a Car is a novel about growing up and learning to deal with life's more unpleasant issues, getting along with family and friends, and juggling the many confusing, conflicting emotions that usually accompany the teenage years.recommended you read Pretty misleading title for an awesome read. I'm quite thrilled.

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I eventually not agree with author because it is A very misleading name for a great book which talks about addiction and eventual growth of the protagonist and the will to change.check article for more details and view all the updates.

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