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Posted December 25, 2011
After reading Running Wide Open I couldn't wait to continue with these characters. In book 2 of the Full Throttle Series, author Lisa Nowak delivers in spades. The story continues, and if you didn't read the first book, you will get all the back story you need to get the full experience, but if you did read the first one this second one just deepens the journey with Cody, Race, and the rest of this racing family.
This book is a great read for any age and any familiarity (or none) of the stock car racing world. I'm a 70-yr old granny with no prior racing knowledge and love these books. Lisa doesn't fail to entertain and to jerk your heartstrings.
Now I can't wait for book 3.
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Posted February 28, 2012
Cody has some very new experiences in this installment and it's an exciting time for him. Girls are now in the picture, he gets his license, starts writing for the school paper and is thinking about racing cars like his uncle. Does that mean things are looking up for him? Well, yes and no. Getting Sideways begins with an exciting new development - Cody has a girlfriend. At least that's what he refers to her as. I'm not sure she qualifies. He spends a lot of time wondering what Megan could possibly see in him, when she's obviously the total package, and he's a short non-jock with baggage. It's entertaining to watch him discover why men find women to be such an enigma. Thanks to Race and Kasey, he's made great progress with his issues on trust, self-confidence and self-control. But, who's able to overcome all their issues in less than a year? Letting the adults take the wheel and opening up about his feelings are still a work in progress. No doubt this can be traced back to his lack of parental guidance and support. What can't be blamed on his parents, are the regular nightmares of the crash that almost took Race's life. I spent most of the book worried that poor Cody was gonna give himself an ulcer, as he's such a worrier. He so concerned with everyone's thoughts and feelings and wastes a lot of energy tip toeing around the people he cares about. Luckily, he's surrounded by people who are in need of forgiveness themselves and are not about to give up on him. But, can Cody forgive himself? My favorite parts in the book are when he has some real ground breaking moments with his dad. Also a favorite, Race and Kasey's relationship. Can Race get past his hang-ups? Will Kasey continue to wait for him until he does? You've got to read the book to find out! I enjoy the steady pace in which Lisa Nowak's characters mature and develop. It's so realistic and true to life. We don't wake up one day and have it all figured out - we stumble and falter and then right ourselves. As Race puts it, "It's like learning how to drive. Every once in a while, you'll find yourself getting sideways." The epilogue was a fantastic way to end this book and left me wanting more. I can't wait to see what's in store for all these wonderful characters in the next book, Driven, due to be released in Spring 2012.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2012
Lisa Nowak fans will be thrilled with the second volume of her Full Throttle series. Once again we become involved with Cody Everett and the unforgettable characters we met and loved in her first book. For folks who haven't read Running Wide Open, you can be sure that Getting Sideways will hold your interest from the first page to the last. Though settled in school and secure in his life with his uncle, Race Morgan, Cody is soon up to his neck in new conflicts. Will his dad approve of his next project, building a race car? When Cody dodges the bullet and lets Race think he has his father's approval, he's in for a whole new set of life lessons. The author weaves the angst of growing up with her trademark humor that leaves you laughing out loud. Set in the world of stock car racing, this book takes the reader right onto the track for chills and thrills.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2011
I have truely enjoyed this series! Like I said in my review for "Running Wide Open", I am not a racing fan. So I was a bit skeptical. But these books are about so much more than racing. They are about family. And not your typical every day family either. But this family extends beyond blood, and includes family from the track. Cody and Race have come such a long way in this book. They have truely become a family. Yes, they have their ups and downs and Cody has a major set back in this book. But it only brings them closer. Its so great to see this family coming together. I'm even starting to enjoy the thrill of the races. Getting Sideways has been more than entertainment for me, but has actually opened my eyes to things that I may not have even ever given a second chance before. Hmmmm. Maybe I should catch a race this summer! If its a fun as this book makes it out to be, I just might get hooked!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2011