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Deadly Drive (Surviving Southside)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Everything can change in an instant. Rob Ramirez thinks he's in love. Gabi Montoya is beautiful, smart, and maybe a little wild. But when Rob and Gabi skip out of school with two friends, the group makes a terrible mistake. Rob and his friends end up in a deadly accident, and suddenly Rob's world has changed. The girl of his dreams is even blaming him for what happened. ...more
Hardcover, 103 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Lerner Classroom (first published December 21st 2012)
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Justine Korman Fontes' "Deadly Drive" is a part of a series of novels called "Surviving South Side". I definitely appreciate that this story is directed toward reluctant teen readers and tackling such a tough subject. But there were a lot of things in this novel that completely rubbed me the wrong way. The story starts with a teen named Rob Ramirez who's in love with a girl named Gaby. (Instalove, even for this particular story) He's convinced they're in love and that she's meant to be "the ...more
Kelly Brown
Apr 17, 2016 Kelly Brown rated it it was amazing
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A very short but good book about what happens when teens decided to drink and drive.
Jen at Reading Lark
2.5 stars

I read this in pretty much a single sitting; at 108 pages, it wasn't long and it was engaging enough to keep my flipping those pages along. Deadly Drive is the story of an afternoon of fun which turns into a nightmare when a group of friends cut class and get involved in drink-driving. Rob, Gabi, Adam and Vera just plan on going to hang out in the woods and make out a bit, but things spiral when the guys bring some alcohol to get the girls "warmed up", pressure to conform and be cool en
Mar 24, 2013 ~Kate~ rated it liked it
Shelves: own-read, 3-stars, ya
The beginning started of alright but not that interesting, it did pick up once the accident happened which then had me hooked. I loved the main point of the story as it showed that bad things can happen when drink driving. The ending wasn't that good as I felt there was some unanswered questions which was a shame as it could have been a much better book if they had been answered. I think that this book could have been better if it was maybe a 100 pages longer so things could have had more ...more
Deadly Drive is part of a series written for reluctant teen readers. Admittedly, I work with younger students than this book is geared towards, but as someone who sees struggling middle grade readers trying to engage in material that is usually too young for them, I appreciate what they are trying to accomplish here. This offers a much more mature subject matter while written for intensive reader needs. They attempt to grip you from the first line, mentioning the main character's virgin status. ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it
Too mature for elementary students as the teenage boy thinks a lot about having sex. Two couples in high school skip class and go drinking, the one that drives wrecks killing one passenger and injuring another. Fast read but a bit overly preachy. I felt like the author's message was too obvious. I did like how the rumors and friendships were realistically portrayed along with their future prospects. The main character is Mexican-American, which is nice. This book might be used with high school, ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
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Overall: I liked the message. I think it’s a good book for teenagers, especially those new to driving, to read this. It might give them a more personal and easy to relate to experience with the dangers of drunk driving. The plot and characters could have been developed more, but with what there is, the book is an enjoyable read with an important point. I would recommend to those who don’t particularly like long or complicated reads, as it is very sim
Olivia Mihalek
May 19, 2016 Olivia Mihalek rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. Drinking and driving is common and people do not always realize how bad the consequences can be in alcohol related incidents. This book was a well written and realistic example of what can occur as a result of drinking and driving. The lives of all 4 people in the car changed forever due to alcohol. Again, this book was very realistic and a good example of why drinking and driving, and underage drinking, is bad.

This book was not worth your time. I could not find a single thing that would make this book good except don’t drink and drive. Lying to the cops, hello did you hit your head in the wreck? The good thing was that this short story and I did not have to skip and skip…end of story.
Jan 31, 2016 Zayn rated it it was ok
This book was a bit slow but overall the plot kept on moving forward. I would recommend this to students who are in high school or college because it shows a realistic life lesson that they can learn from.
Apr 22, 2015 Catherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, hi-lo
I had high hopes for this one because I enjoyed Benito Runs by the same author, but the beginning is all about sex. The story is contrived and predictable, and I can't imagine recommending it to any of my students.
Sep 13, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Nice short story, low vocabulary with high interest. Tells reader how one wrong choice can ruin your life.
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Sep 15, 2014 Louis Spirito rated it really liked it
A compelling Y.A. story with accessible vocabulary, the writer takes a typical teen blunder and spins it into a moving, cautionary tale.
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Justine Korman is the author of over 600 children's books, including mega-selling adaptations of Disney hits like THE LION KING, plus her original popular GRUMPY BUNNY series for Scholastic.

Justine has been writing all her life. She worked part-time in publishing while earning her B.A. in English Literature, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University. While an editorial assistant at Golden Books, she
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