From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, the story of a girl who acts out by stealing cars.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 thrilling, scary ride through one suburban girl's turbulent life - one car theft at a time.
Kelleigh Monahan, an atypically underprogrammed American teen, has just two assignments before the start of sophomore year: read Moby-Dick and write a "how to" essay of "acceptable quality." She hangs at the mall with her best friend, Jen, and occasionally with their co-boyfriend, Will. Like a person who picks a fight in order to feel some emotion, Kelleigh starts stealing cars, first as a lark but quickly escalating to truly risky business. Kelleigh has no remorse; her introspection extends mostly to how her crimes compare to her lawyer father's use of a technicality to win the release of a serial rapist. "Who's the real criminal here?" Hautman (Godless) seems to be asking. Kelleigh is a sharp observer, especially of her parents' strained marriage, and she has an appealing wisecracker's wit: "Once you're a teenager, adults stop talking about the crazy stuff they used to do, and they start acting as if they were raised by the Amish." Her worldview, however, remains bleak, as this what-I-did-last-summer story concludes: "Sooner or later everybody turns out to be a disappointment." Ages 13 up.
10/10 Worst game I've ever played
How to Steal A Car was one of the most highly anticipated releases this year. It did not meet expectations. The developer, Bungie, is frequently praised for its releases. But not this time. It felt like I was playing Echo the Dolphin on the SEGA Genesis and was basically a reskin of the recent release "Knack". The basics of this television show are that it is "Knack 2: Return of Jafar" featuring Echo the Dolphin DLC. Therefore, I give this magazine 10/10. Worst game I've ever played.