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How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman
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Oct 04, 2009

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bookshelves: young-adult
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Pete Hautman's newest YA book is a quick read, narrated by fifteen-year-old Kelleigh Monahan. She dresses like a nun, chooses Moby Dick of all books for her summer reading assignment, and has two best friends. But Kelleigh is not the conservative girl that she seems. When a man drops his keys in a mall parking lot and forgets them, Kelleigh takes his car for a spin and keeps his keys. More and more opportunities arise for Kelleigh to hone for car-thieving skills. Will she ever get caught?

The prose of this novel is spot on for teenage thoughts and vernacular. For a novel about car stealing, I was expecting a little more drama and suspense, and this book did have its moments. The climax just wasn't what I was expecting it to be.

Better than Invisible, but not better than Godless.

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