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VOYAWhen Jordan was thirteen years old, his father killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Jordan was the only other person in the house at the time. Three years later, the agony of that afternoon still resonates through every aspect of Jordan's life. He has given up most of his friends, he has lost interest in sports, and he keeps his mother at a distance. Then his mother blushingly introduces their new neighbor, Don, and Jordan falls in love-with Don's Corvette. Don takes Jordan out for a spin and even lets him drive the car, leaving Jordan gripped with a mighty lust for repeating the experience. Knowing that Don works on Wednesday nights, Jordan begins sneaking out in the 'Vette for exhilarating solo drives. On one of these clandestine excursions, he meets the most beautiful girl in his high school, and lets her think that the car belongs to him as complications ensue. Trueman has an instinct for the adolescent experience under difficult circumstances, as evidenced by earlier books, which have featured teenagers afflicted with cerebral palsy and schizophrenia in Stuck in Neutral (HarperCollins, 2000/VOYA December 2002) and Inside Out (2003/VOYA October 2003) respectively. He has also demonstrated a piercing understanding of damaged father-son relationships in Cruise Control (2004/VOYA October 2004), which is a central theme in this book, and the path to healing such relationships. The story is told in a dynamic, cut-the-crap narrative, making it a fast, compelling read. And Jordan's Corvette obsession makes it an excellent book to recommend to car-crazy teens. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, HarperCollins, 176p., and PLB Ages 11 to 18.