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.
Right away How to Steal a Car captivated me with it's sense of humor. The stuff that comes out of Kelleigh's mouth and the thoughts she has can often times be laugh out loud funny. She doesn't really set out or have a reason to steal cars but somehow it just happens and you can't really hate her for it. I feel like we could be friends but I sure wouldn't have gone on a joy ride with her!
Personally my favorite parts of the book were in the first half. When she was just starting to steal cars because she thought she had a reason, or was spending time with her friends or bumming around at home reading Moby Dick.
Towards the end of the book it becomes pretty focused on the car stealing aspect of the story so it begins to lose some of it's humor from the beginning and all of the other parts of the story not involving car theft sort of fall away. In that way I was a little disappointed with the second half of the book. The book starts to feel more serious at that point. Also the reason Kelleigh steals cars is never really explained to us or to herself and I guess that's ok, not everything needs an explanation but I sure would have liked one. I guess maybe there wasn't really a reason.
But for me Kelleigh's overall hilarious look at life and her interactions with friends, family and the like win out for me and made this book enjoyable and memorable.
Genre: Young Adult
ARC provided by publisher
Check out the author reading from the book, I think he's pretty funny!