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Chad Gibbons and his best friend, Gary Lee Dillanger, have worked their way through the ranks of competitive go-karting with the legendary Kilgore racing family. Monroe Kilgore and his wife Uma see their racing world very differently, and Uma is haunted by it. Chad is pursuing the opportunity of his lifetime to become a professional auto racer, but the fast and luxurious w ...more
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published February 26th 2019
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Deacon Tom F
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

A fun read!

Dd Jaseron's novel is mainly about two friends and Gary Lee, two very young racers who reached the top in their sport. On the human side I truly dislikes how uber rich men exploited these boys by trapping them into 5-year contracts just so the youth could experience their very dangerous dream.

Prior to their high school graduation, a fatal car accident turns their lives upside down.

The characters are very well developed and written where the story unveils from different pe
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“Winning is everything.” That’s the prevailing philosophy in the kart racing world, the racing world in general, and forms the basis for an emotional, action-packed look at what can happen to young people when they become addicted to speed, competition and the need to succeed.

Gary Lee Dillanger’s dad was all for his participating in racing, starting him off at age eight with a kart once raced by a kid from the storied Kilgore family. The Kilgor
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Bret R
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found myself very immersed in this book and could not put it down. There are several different character arcs, and although it is predominantly a coming-of-age story for Chad, we also see things from Elle’s perspective (a mid-life professional and mother) and from the Kilgores’ perspective (the racing family). The book starts with a tragic car accident that seems to alter the trajectory of these characters and takes place over the course of a summer in their Alabama town. As the story unfolds, ...more
Rachel Kester
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Dd Jaseron tells the story of friends Chad Gibbons and Gary Lee Dillanger, two go-kart racers who have worked their way up to the top ranks in this sport. Thanks to their hard work, they have become popular racers and race with some of the best go-karters in the world. However, right before their high school graduation, tragedy strikes which causes the two young racers to go down paths they never thought they would have to.
Jaseron has written a compelling story that is filled with emotion
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Pat Allen
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Go-kart racing dreams

Really rich men were exploiting the dreams of little boys by trapping them into 5-year contracts to be allowed the priviledge of racing. Two young boys dreamed of being part of the team. Strongly encouraged by their fathers' dreams they could think of little else, despite their mother's concerns. One weekend away showed him a new way of life. His best friend was almost killed and blamed for the death of his girlfriend. This story was well-written and unusual, with the except
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Dd Jaseron lives on the beachside of Central Florida with her husband, her son, and her Standard Poodle, Isabelle. After many years of writing experience, Wheelboys is her first fiction novel. Dd grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she fell in love with writing at the young age of seven. Her poems and short stories were often published in the Cambridge Chronicle, and she went on to study Cr ...more

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