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The Beetle and Me: A Love Story
Fifteen-year-old Daisy Pandolfi wants more than anything to rebuild her parents '57 Volkswagon Beetle. For Daisy the Beetle has always been special, almost magical. It must run again, and it will be her very own set of wheels if it does. But she's determined to fix the Beetle herself, with no assistance from concerned family or friends who recognize that Daisy's got a lot ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 20th 2001 by Greenwillow Books
(first published 1999)
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Aug 06, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who enjoyed "Kate Bjorkman," Joan Bauer and "Keeping the Moon."
Rereading this book has made me remember how much i love it. Daisy is an underage female car mechanic determined to rebuild the engine of the VW beetle that has been slowly moldering away in her parents' icehouse. how can you not want to read it after that? i mean, come on, her aunt is a professional mechanic, her uncle races cars for a living, her sister dances ballet, her mom works in a hospital and everyone in her family gets grubby underneath cars. what a great family dynamic to build a book ...more
Audiobook narrated by Julie Dretzin. 15-year-old Daisy Pandolfini and her family are into cars. She knows how to repair them and can talk shop. She takes on the project of repairing her father's old 1957 VW Beetle. Meanwhile, she also crushes on Daniel, sorts through her ambivalent feelings toward Billy and her own teenage angst. Nice portrayal of a close-knit family , lots of car talk, but at times Daisy's introspectiveness is so much navel-gazing.
This was one of several stories read about girls who are into something besides the boyfriend. In this case the protagonist is into restoring an old Volkswagen Beetle. Some of us felt that there was just too much about the car, but others of us liked that the girl was interested in something nontraditional for a girl.
I found this book buried in a cabinet dusty and neglected. So I took it home and added it to my pile of to-reads. After putting it off until the bottom of the pile, I finally gave it a look. The plotline is outdated and flawed, but something about the Beetle and Me is just plain appealing. I felt a bond Daisy. As she fixed up her old sweet car, I enjoyed this old sweet book.
Daisy can't drive yet, but she is determined to rebuild her father's 57 beetle by herself. Cars run in her family, and she doesn't need any help. It is her refuge away from her confusing life. Her family is always butting in, and even Daisy doesn't always know what she is feeling. But she might just need some help after all, maybe from Billy, who she isn't sure if she loves or not.
I too picked this book up at a used book store because the title had a Beetle Bug in it. It is definitely a teen read! The story is simple but satisfying and inspiring. It showed a different side of a teen girl who was grounded and not afraid to be who she was - auto shop and all!