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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She's too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now, she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.


Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to ope
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Simon Pulse
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Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
Perhaps I’ll write a review once I stop singing 'Tokyo Drift' by the Teriyaki Boyz. But who knows when that will be because I could probably sing this song for eternity.


I wonder if you know
How they live in Tokyo
If you seen it then you mean it
Then you know you have to go.
Fast and furious! (Kitaa!) (Drift, Drift, Drift)
Fast and furious! (Kitaa!) (Drift, Drift, Drift)
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Fast & The Furious & Gone in 60 Seconds

I would like to thank Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

Actual Rating: 3.5 Rated Up

The first thing about Overdrive that caught my eye, wasn’t the cover surprisingly. It was the fact that it has been compared to films like Gone in 60 Seconds and The Fast & The Furious franchise. The Fast & The Furious films are actually one of my favourite things, like ever, so the fact that Overdrive has been compared to them instantly intrigued

Overdrive is a YA contemporary novel. It is part thriller.

The story takes place in Las Vegas. The narrator is 17 year old Jules/Julia. Her nickname is Ghost. She boosts/steals cars.

Her sister Emma is 10. They've been in foster care.

After a car theft goes wrong the ultra rich Roger Montgomery (older man) shows an interest in helping Jules and her sister. Jules suspects that there is something he wants. And she is right.

Roger has 3 other teens (Chelsea, Mat, and Nick) at his mansion who also have
Overdrive reads like Gone in 60 Seconds meets The Fosters…

Book Title: Overdrive
Author: Dawn Ius
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Kindle E-Book (Library)

Overall Rating 4.3/5 STARS

See my full review, including video with book theme song at Leah's Bookish Obsession

♫Boost Me by Trevor Rabin --It's an instrumental, but it's perfect for Eleanor… ♫

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

Plot: 4.2/5
Characters: 4.8/5
The Feels: 4.3/5
Addictiveness: 4.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Flow: 4.8/
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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First I want to say thank-you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me an ARC copy of this to review. At first I wasn't 100% sure if I would like this based on the fact that it's about boosting cars and what not. Well let me tell you I am glad to have read this because it was AMAZING!!

From the beginning you can tell that Jules has had to grow up and become an adult for herself and for Emma way too early on. Although she has fo
Well I got this book from my local library around a month ago, and only just got around to reading it. I didn't expect much, but it was actually pretty enjoyable. The writing flowed nicely, and the pace was just right; it didn't lag at all and kept me entertained the entire time. The only drawback was the excessive swearing. It was a bit off putting at times, but overall, the book was well written, and a good way to pass a few hours.

3.5 stars
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
YA fast in the furious.

What I liked the most about Overdrive is its female protagonist, Jules, the bad ass car thief. I don't think there are enough books with kickass female characters that aren't in the fantasy genre or I just haven't been reading them and it's what attracted me the most to this book.

Jules is known by "Ghost" on the streets, which she does to get by while her and her younger sister are in the foster system seeking a better life. Jules thinks she has it all figured out until sh
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Cute and adventurous. If you like the television show Leverage, this may be up your alley. To state the obvious, cars also play a major role in the story, so car enthusiasts will also appreciate this.
Maya Mulder
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok

Readers are worried that when the main characters are trying to steal cars they will get caught by the police. While they are stealing cars they take a lot of precaution so they don't get caught. Mat who can hack any system he comes across is able to get into security cameras and change the footage. Some dangers that occurred during the book are when they have run ins with the police and have to get away from them. They also run into another group of people who jumps cars, they try to use them
Mary Beth
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Overdrive starts with Jules bent over, hotwiring a car she is planning to steal, while her boyfriend has his hand up her shirt and down her pants. Not a great first impression and it doesn't get much better from there.

Jules, also known as "Ghost" among the car thieves of Vegas, gets caught by the police. As a result, her foster family decides to get rid of her and her little sister, Emma. Although Jules claims to just be stealing cars as a way to earn money so she can keep Emma with her when the
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!


Let me start off by saying that this story is very similar to the movie Gone in Sixty Seconds, one of my favorite movies EVER! When Gone in Sixty Seconds first came out, I watched it constantly. Like daily. I've seen it at least 20 times from beginning to end, probably more like 50 since it used to just be playing in the background while I did other things. I don't know why I loved it so much, but I just did. So aside from my love of Dawn Ius and her awesome writing, I also knew I
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Any book that claims to be similar to Heist Society is an immediate must read for me, and this book sounded fantastic. While it did not live up to my adoration of Heist Society, Overdrive is an exciting novel of car chases, stakeouts, cool gadgets, family, friendship and romance.

Four teens are brought together in a foster home. But their rich and eccentric foster parent doesn't plan on providing a roof and food for nothing. He has hand-picked these four teens to help him track down and steal sev
Ameema Saeed
Sep 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
I received an ARC of this book from Chapters/Indigo Home Office in exchange for an honest review.

For what was suppose to be a high-octane, action packed thriller, I found myself to be really bored while reading it. It was dull, predictable, and slow. It was weirdly paced - it felt like it just jumped into the car stealing plot line too fast in the beginning, and then it dragged on leading to the actual car stealing - which lost its momentum because 7 cars is a lot, and it seemed like none of th
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Dawn Ius's Overdrive is a fast-paced, thrilling read that pulls you into a world of rare muscle cars and the heist of a lifetime. When the police catch Jules stealing a car, instead of being charged with theft, she's given a second chance. Roger Montgomery, a wealthy philanthropist, has a soft spot for teens and is willing to welcome both Jules and her younger sister, Emma, to his mansion. But it's not until Jules meets the three other teens staying in Roger's home that she realizes Roger has ga ...more
Jessica Bell
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous cross between Gone in Sixty Seconds, The Fast & the Furious, and every feelgood family movie out there that explores unconditional love. Not only is it an entertaining novel, but it's a smart novel--And it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The characters are also so likable that you can't help but root for them even when you know what they're doing is 'bad'. Yes, this is for readers of YA, but it's also an excellent read for adults. I highly recommend this to ... ever ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: rtc, ya-goodness, arcs
Actual rating: 3.5.

A fun, YA Fast and Furious, peopled by teens and starring a female lead. Rarely surprising, but it's an engaging, quick read, the girls in it have agency and power, and the story of an accidentally family being constructed is an appealing one.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for the ARC!
Nina Rossing
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
Fast and exhilarating :) The writing is stellar, and the voice superb. The ending is perhaps the weakest spot, but this is still a GREAT ride of a book. Fast & Furious with teens!
Christina Pinheiro
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
To begin Overdrive, the protagonist Jules Parish is notorious for constantly stealing cars, as she is given the nickname “Ghost”. When she was a little girl, her parents left her and her little sister Emma to be thrown into foster care. Jules takes on the responsibility of acting as her sister’s “mother figure” by going through whatever means necessary to support the two of them financially. One day, Jules gets caught attempting to steal a car and she lands in jail. To her benefit, the owner of ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This book was picked because I needed an I author and O title for a to z challenge. Also it is set in Las Vegas, NV a state is hard to find on my read the states challlenge.

Just for that it is a trifecta, but the book delivers.

Jules is forced into boosting cars by her boyfriend but she does it to survive being in foster care and she loves the challenge. Only her luck runs out and instead of jail for car theft an anonymous benefactor swoops in and saves the day.

Jules finds herself at a very ri
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abby Miller
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 356-books-8-15
I chose to read this book for my Young Adult Literature class and I can tell you that after I stopped being surprised by all the swearing I thought that the story line was really good. I fell like since this book could interest both boys and girls because it deals with so many different things. Because of all the swearing I would maybe hand it to a kid no younger than a senior in high school.

I would not use this book in my classroom because of all the swearing but because of the backstory of Rog
Shadé Darabi
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! This second i read the description, I was immediately intrigued. It's well written and the development of the characters is slow and you feel as if you're with them during the process, which is rare in novels. I fell in love with each and everyone of them right from the start.The novel focuses of the importance of family. The main character is a beautiful, strong , independent young women, that will do anything for her little sister. This book, is fun, dangerous, funny and ov ...more
N Flanders
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is mainly about a girl and her younger sister. They were put into foster care early in their lives, and the older sister has been boosting cars to get by. They are taken in by an eccentric millionaire, and the older sister is offered the opportunity of a lifetime to boost seven of the world's rarest cars. She and 3 other teenagers embark on this journey that could either have great rewards or none at all. It is very fast paced and adventurous and the author showed a real knowledge of c ...more
Some parts were interesting and unique, but it started to get old eventually. I didn't ever wonder if I wanted to finish it. It at least held my attention, but I would have enjoyed spending that five hours on one of my other books much better. I'm not opposed to or offended by swearing in books, but right from the beginning I thought it was overkill. I don't enjoy movies where there is so much swearing there's hardly any plot, or it takes away from the plot, and it's the same for books. Only whe ...more
Uta Johnson
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a very nice book. I like the style of the authors writing. The way she writes about the adrenaline that kicks in whenever the main character boosts cars makes me feel like I'm the one boosting the car. The imagery in this book is amazing and I wish to write like Dawn Ius some day. It was also a very interesting read as well. I've never read about stealing cars or cars in general so I enjoyed learning about the different types of rare vintage cars and how car enthusiasts freak out over the ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is objectively horrible from its “im not like other girls” main character to the “bad boy” love interest and casually problematic language. The main character is blinking back tears on every single page and the romance is...almost between sibling? They’re not actual siblings, but it’s enough to make you deeply uncomfortable. It felt like an insult to Gone in 60 Seconds which is a film i hold a deep love for. However, I am a slut for a heist and stealing cars, even if poorly executed.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
17 year-old Jules lives in foster care with her younger sister in Las Vegas. Also known as the Ghost, she steals cars to earn money to get out of foster care & support her sister. Roger Montgomery, a local millionaire, takes in Jules, Emma & three other teenagers to have them steal cars for his collection. I found the plot preposterous & the f bombs overwhelming.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book felt a lot like Nerve: promising synopsis but poorly executed.
Everything felt rushed and too easy - especially for a heist book. The characters weren't developped and I didn't really care for them. The romance was... forgettable. Didn't feel the chemistry between the two characters. However I guess this would make a pretty good car heist movie with races in the streets of Vegas.
Amanda Raley
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge car person, but there's enough romance and suspense to rope anyone in.

It's not my favorite book, and it was hard to get through some chapters, but I'm still glad I read it. I had just visited Vegas, so it was still in my mind while reading this book, set in Vegas.

I'd recommend it, especially to people who know their cars and how people are about their cars.

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DAWN IUS is a short-story author, novelist, screenwriter, professional editor, and communications specialist. She is the author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)—Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie, April 2018, as well as 15 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and a TV script for the forthcoming ...more

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