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How To Steal A Car
How To Steal A Car
Author: Pete Hautman
Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves. Some girls act out by being a bitch to other girls. Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars. In How to Steal a Car, National Book Award winner Pete Hautman takes teen readers on a thrillin...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780545113182
ISBN-10: 0545113180
Publication Date: 9/1/2009
Pages: 176
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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My Thoughts: I went into this book not really knowing what to expect. But I actually enjoyed it and enjoyed Kalleigh's relationship with her friends. This book made me laugh and want to know what was going to happen next. My boyfriend would look over at me and wonder if I was reading a book on How To Steal A Car. He would ask if I was learning anything interesting! HEHE!

Overall: This was a fun little interesting read. It was a little under 200 pages so easy to read it in one night. It is a short short book. Buy it, borrow it, mooch it. Its a fun read.
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Kelleigh never meant to become a car thief. She just happened to see a guy drop his keys without noticing one day at the mall, and thought it'd be a thrill to grab them.

With a best friend who's always telling her how boring she is, a defense attorney dad who cares more about getting a serial rapist off the hook than what's going on in his daughter's life, and a "boyfriend" who never makes a move on her, maybe it's not a surprise that Kell decides to take that thrill a little further.

But once she's started, Kell finds that the rush of car-stealing is hard to give up. She starts out small, taking her dad's car for a spin in the middle of the night, sneaking into her neighbor's house with an emergency spare key to borrow their ride. But as her parents seem to grow even more distant - from her and from each other - and her friends stay oblivious to the changes taking place inside her, she pushes the risk further and further. And there's no way of knowing how this chase scene will end.

Kell has a distinctive, engaging voice that will pull the reader into the story from the start. Though her behavior may seem bizarre, her reasons are clear enough to be believable and sympathetic. Her sense of humor will bring laughs even as readers cringe at the situations she gets herself into. Her growing disillusionment with her parents and friends is poignant and realistic.

This is a relatively short read, and difficult to put down as you wonder how much trouble Kell will get herself into, and how she'll get out of it. The conclusion is open-ended, which may frustrate some readers, but it feels fitting to her story. A great contemporary read for anyone who loves quirky narrators!