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Neglected by his parents, fourteen-year-old Terry Anders is used to taking care of things on his own. He even manages to assemble a car kit by himself. When the car is finished, Terry sets off from Cleveland to Portland in search of an uncle he barely remembers. Along the way, he is joined by a wise Vietnam vet whoturns his journeyinto an adventure in learning. Each book i...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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Steven
Gary Paulsen always seems to write books that can captivate a reader, and The Car is no exception. I really enjoyed how The Car actually teaches you a few random facts as Terry and Waylon, and eventually Wayne, go around the country learning things. First off, the book does a good job at portraying life on the road, but there are a few unrealistic things in the book. Probably the most convenient and unrealistic one is that both of Terry's parents leave him on the same exact day because they cann...more
Patrick
So I decided to re-read this book basically on a whim. I read it once or twice when I was about 12 or 13 and really liked it then and wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered.
A simple way to describe this book is... too short. This book could have easily been twice as long as it was. I still enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was younger, but this time I was kind of confused as to why he chose to end the book where he did. It almost seems like Paulsen had a deadline and just turned...more
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Neil Robarge
I feel like there should've been a part 2 to this book because at the end they end up in Montana (or something, I can't remember) and then after the characters leave this restaurant and move on to portland, oregon, the story just kind of... ends and I was disappointed because I wanted to hear more from this story. it was a great book from one of my favorite authors.
Tom
I read this some years ago and still remember the impact it had on me. I started thinking like I was 14 again. It is a fun read for any guy who dreamed of cars and adventure as a kid.
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I chose to read this book because I was sitting in class and did not have a book to read so I went over to the shelf and this was the only book I saw that looked quite interesting. The reason that I was interested in this book was the cover, and the title “The Car”. On the cover of the book it showed a visual view from the driver seat of an older fashioned car showing the windshield and the other gauges. I knew this book would be a good read because I like cars and fro...more
Nick
This book is probably my favorite book Ive read so far. At times the book could be unrealistic but that doesnt matter to me because i have learned that life can sometimes seem unrealistic. It starts out with this boy named terry and his parents leave him with the other parent thinking that he is staying with the other one. Terry decides to put this car together that was his dads and drive across counrty with it. Terry runs into a couple of vietnam vets who teach him alot more about life and the...more
Tyler
I thought this was an awesome read. It is a very adventurous book. It is about a kid named Terry whose parents got into a verbal fight and they both left the house. I thought it was awesome because Terry’s mom called and said she was never coming back so Terry would have to live with his dad. Then his dad called and said that he wasn’t ever coming home again so Terry would have to live with his mom. So Terry is all alone at home and none of his parents were going to be home for a while. So he pu...more
Carver H
This quarter I read “The Car” by Gary Paulsen. First off I’d like to say that “The Car” is an amazing young adult book, the best book I have ever read. The book is full of adventure and thrilling moments. This book kept me turning the pages. There was never a point in this book where it was boring and made me want to stop reading.

The main character, Terry, was 14 and was used to taking care of himself. He was neglected by both of this parents and decided to build a kit car. He then set off to l...more
Lee H
The book I have completed was The Car by Gary Paulsen. If you haven't read this book it is similar to the Pendragon series. It is a fast pace book with a lot of detail to keep you wanting to read, and it gets into the action right away. The main character Terry had a particularly awkward scenario his parents hated each other greatly. “It was true he could not exactly remember a happy time with his parents.”(5) This character is nothing, his parents don't like him or don't even care for him, he d...more
Noah G
The book The Car, by Gary Paulsen is a very interesting book that is similar to Voss, by David Ives and Salt, by Maurice Gee. They are similar because they both have the main character meet an interesting person that affects their judgement in a positive way. They learn a lot along the way and become more open while learning to care for people as well. They learn how to overcome fears and do what’s right.

Terry Anders from Cleveland, Ohio is the main character in this book. You learn more and mor...more
Bailey
While being neglected by his parents, 14 year old Terry Anders has to take care of things by himself without any help. He manages to assemble his fathers abandoned Blakey Bearcat kit car in the garage of his home. He leaves his hometown, Cleveland Ohio and takes the car in a tour across country to find an uncle that he hardly remembers. Along the way, meets up with two Vietnam vets; Waylon and Wayne. They eventually turn his adventure into a fun filled learning experience.

I really enjoyed readi...more
Bobby
The Car: by Gary Paulsen


Seeing parents fight is possibly the most uncomfortable thing to listen to, perhaps someone was home late from work or someone overused the credit card. Well, this is what Terry lives with, hearing his parents fight, and not getting any attention by his parents is how life at home is; plain and simple. When both his parents call and tell him they have left the family and to live with the other parent, Terry is left by himself. Except, for the old dust-covered car kit th...more
Alex Schantzen
The Car

Gary Paulsen

Terry Anders is a 14 year old boy when his parents left him due to marital problems. Terry's dad had a car kit that he got from a guy who didn't make payments to him. Terry started working on it and after a week or so got it running. Terry's plan was to drive to Oregon to see his uncle but he would encounter many distractions on the way. Terry was heading down the interstate until it started pouring rain so he pulled over onto an exit to take a nap. He was woken up by a homele...more
Collin
The car

Gary Paulsen

Terry anders was a 14 year old boy and he built a kit car that his dad got from being a mechanic. His parents split up at the beginning of the book so he wanted to take a road trip to oregon to see his uncle. He started on his journey he met waylon on the side of the interstate. They kept heading west and waylon said they should meet his friend wayne in omaha, nebraska so he could put on a supercharger on the "cat". So after wayne boosted his car he joined them on their journe...more
Michelle A
I approached this book with a thirst for road-trip-like novels, and for some years, this one had been sitting on my bookshelf, just waiting to happen. The premise seemed promising, a simple coming-of-age novel where boy, Terry, meets inspiring father-figure, Waylon, after being ditched by neglecting parents. And after hearing so many wonderful things about Gary Paulsen, I dove right into it.

Sad to say thought, the moment I finished the book I merely closed it, rolled over and fell asleep feeling...more
Cierra Medmea
-- I read the back of the book when i forgot my book to bring my book to class.

-- The setting takes place across the U.S because there traveling and they don't stay in one place for long.

-- The conflict started that his parents don't get along at all, Than one day both of them decided to leave not knowing that both of them left 14 year old Terry to raise him self. Than Terry decided to fix up there old car and travel to go find his uncle.

-- Terry is a 14 year old boy, He has always kinda kept...more
Gale
ROAD TRIP TO SELF DISCOVERY

Paulsen's 1993 road trip odyssey proves surprisingly interesting reading for adults, as well as for its YA audience, despite the virtually all-male cast of characters. The book chronicles several weeks in the life of a 14-year-old "emancipated adult." Finding himself suddenly on his own Terry gradually carves out a temporary existence for himself free of adult supervision--or in his parents' case: gross neglect. Unshackled by his father's negativity the young protagon...more
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THE CAR



The title is THE CAR. The author is by Gary Paulsen. Gary Paulsen win author of hatchet. In my opinion it is one of the most sad book iv'e ever read. Three reasons why I feel that way is because his present never paid him much attention to him. The second reasons is that he grow up with no present. Three reasons why is he was only fourteen-years-old.

The setting start in Cleveland Ohio, he drove to oregan. The good guy is terry and his uncle...more
Zach Rose

-- I read the back of the book when i forgot my book to bring my book to class.

-- The setting takes place across the U.S because there traveling and they don't stay in one place for long.

-- The conflict started that his parents don't get along at all, Than one day both of them decided to leave not knowing that both of them left 14 year old Terry to raise him self. Than Terry decided to fix up there old car and travel to go find his uncle.

-- Terry is a 14 year old boy, He has always kinda kept...more
Stevecrandell
This is a solid “Campfire Drums” Real Men novel, even if it is impossible. The disbelief begins with the first pages, when Terry’s Mom and Dad pick the same night to leave home for good, and neither knows the other is gone. Even though Terry’s only 14, he needs only one day to build a road-worthy car from a kit. One more day to learn to drive and screw on illegal license plates, and Terry’s ready for a cross-country journey. And what’s an impossible journey without a couple of complete strangers...more
Kolton Kolton
This book was a favorite of mine. It stars out where Terry lives with his parents. He is 14. His parents are very mean to eachother, but nice to him. One day they both leave eachother. Terry is left alone. He has car parts in his garage. So he builds the car and runs away. He meets a lonely homeless man. The homeless man rides with terry in his car. They go to the homeless mans friends house. The guys friend is a mechanic. He made terrys car faster. They went on alot of trips. They ended up gett...more
Brandon Graybeal
I thought this was a great book of adventure. Terry is left by both parents in the book and he is left all by himself with just a kit car. He assembles the kit car and eventually starts off to find his uncle he hardly knows. Such a great book filled with adventure, and is one of my all time favorites. This book Is a great book about how its like to be left to fend for yourself. One of my favorite parts in the book is when both Terry's mom and dad both call him and tell him they are never coming...more
Ceecee
I thought I could go for a good road trip story, but this one just didn't do the trick. I've watched a crazy road trip movie, Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road, with the charming and one of my favorites, James Marsden, and I really liked that.


The Car really is about a car. The first third of the book I think involved assembling Terry's kit car and then Terry learning how to drive it. Then he meets two Vietnam war veterans and they go "trucking". It's supposed to be some coming-of-age/ life-cha...more
Jayne
I thought this was a great book. It was not at all what I expected, but I ended up really liking the characters in the story. My 13 year old son first read the book & recommended it. It is a great book to get teens to just think. My favorite quote would have to be, "Are you feeling froggy?" I had to laugh out loud.
Gage
This book is about a boy who is abandoned at only age 14. Even tho he is only 14 he does alot of work during the summer and has some cash. So when his parents abondone him he fixes up an old barkly cat kit car. He loves working on engines and so he decides to fix up this car that has been sittn in his garage for a while. After he fixes the car he decides to go out and find his uncle that lives in oregon. He then ends up traveling alot threw the united states and learns alot of new stuff that has...more
Joan
Not my favorite Gary Paulsen novel, but still an interesting read. A young man, not old enough for a driver's license, is abandoned by his folks and decides to take a cross-country road trip. He partners up with a pair of old guys, Vietnam vets, and they help him to "find himself" by finding America.
Jlawton
I want to travel and "go trucking". The men in this book encouraged education at all ages....One story talked about how a friend wanted to be a doctor and went to medical school when he was in his sixties..he may never be able to practice, but he wanted to learn. He reminded me of all there is to learn about and how little time there is...only 100 years to live...so the song says....

I thought that the story was inspiring, but I also wanted to know more about what happens...it finished too soon....more
Matthew Tyler
The Car by Gary Paulsen is about a fourteen year old boy named Terry Anders who is from Cleveland, Ohio. He had been living there by himself since his parents had a left him. Then he decided to build the kit car his father had and it was called a Blakely Bearcat. After he built it, he decided to head west to Portland, Oregon to see his uncle. Along the way there he picked up two Vietnam war veterans named Waylon and Wayne. He met Waylon one night when it was raining and Waylon suggested to go se...more
Matthew Tyler
The Car by Gary Paulsen is about a fourteen year old boy named Terry Anders who is from Cleveland, Ohio. He had been living there by himself since his parents had a left him. Then he decided to build the kit car his father had and it was called a Blakely Bearcat. After he built it, he decided to head west to Portland, Oregon to see his uncle. Along the way there he picked up two Vietnam war veterans named Waylon and Wayne. He met Waylon one night when it was raining and Waylon suggested to go se...more
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve...more
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