How to Steal A Car by Pete Hautman
Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Scholastic Format: Hardcover
Source: Freebie Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5 Stars) Synopsis:
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.
This book was… okay.
How to Steal A Car is pretty short, which is probably best, because the plot it contains doesn’t need anything more than the 170 pages it gets.
The thing is, it’s a pretty solid book. It has characters, and a setting, and a good enough story. The main problem I had with it is it doesn’t really go anywhere. The main character drives a bunch of cars that aren’t hers between friend and family drama, and then at the end of the book she (Spoiler Alert) just decides to stop stealing them.
Also, the main character didn’t feel like a fully fleshed out character: which is strange because this book seemed to be trying to be a character study. Kelleigh was just a stereotypical teenage girl character. Her only interest was stealing cars and the only other thing we really learned about her that she picked Moby Dick for her summer reading assignment.
How to Steal A Car didn’t have a beginning or and end or any sort of lesson. It just happened.