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Samantha drove the car that killed her dad. Now racked with guilt, the 17-year-old girl racer from Oklahoma promises to fulfill the racing dreams they once shared. Even if it kills her. Samantha sneaks into a private testing session and impresses the eccentric owner of a Formula 1 racing team who takes a chance on the outspoken, yet crazy-talented teen girl.

Samantha pushes herself, pushes her car, pushes her luck at 200 miles per hour. She battles a seven-time world champion ...

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Overview

Samantha drove the car that killed her dad. Now racked with guilt, the 17-year-old girl racer from Oklahoma promises to fulfill the racing dreams they once shared. Even if it kills her. Samantha sneaks into a private testing session and impresses the eccentric owner of a Formula 1 racing team who takes a chance on the outspoken, yet crazy-talented teen girl.

Samantha pushes herself, pushes her car, pushes her luck at 200 miles per hour. She battles a seven-time world champion and Ferrari racing god who was once a crush-worthy hero to a teen girl, but now a dream-crushing rival to a young adult woman. Samantha befriends the nerdy-cute nephew of the team's owner who she leans on for support and to keep her sanity. Yet his gentle advances towards romance clash with Samantha's racing goals. For advice on what to do, Samantha wants to ask her two sisters, but they won't speak to her. Not since she told them the real truth about Dad's accident. The real truth about that dark and rainy night that splits her family in two.

All Samantha's problems come to a head at a place called Spa in the lush Belgian forest. A place infamous for killing race car drivers. The teen girl must use all her skill, all her daring, and all her luck to win it all and become the young woman she's destined to be.

But only if she can beat the Ferrari next to her. And only if she can conquer her fear of racing in the rain. And only if she can get her hands on the steering wheel to stop shaking.

Fans of Courtney Summers' strong female characters and those who love action-packed books like The Hunger Games should find Skid exciting and emotionally compelling. Fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society should enjoy the international settings and lifestyles.

"SERIOUSLY, please read this amazing story! Okay, even though the story is about racing cars (A subject I don't know a lot about), it totally grabs your attention with the way the author describes the racing world (It was as if I was watching a movie. In a lot of moments, I was literally closing my eyes." - Review from Sincerely Happily Ever After BOOKS blog.

"Samantha soon wormed her way into my heart and I found myself routing for her, both in love and in races. I could hardly put the book down and read it in less than two days." - Jess from the UK

"Loved, loved, loved this book! Samantha is such a strong character and a bit of a hot head which makes her seem real." - Kate Tilton, YA Book Blogger

"I got this book for my kids, I read it and thought it was fantastic. Samantha was a well developed teenage girl, emotional, irrational, hard headed, but sweet as pie." - K. Radford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477432655
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/20/2012
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,108,041
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Oklahoma, Doug Solter began writing screenplays in 1998 and became a 2001 semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. His script Father Figure was one of 129 scripts left from 5,489 entries. Doug made the switch to writing young adult novels in 2008. Doug is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Doug respects cats, loves the mountains, and one time walked the streets of Barcelona with a smile on his face.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2014

    YEAH ! GIRL POWER !

    I love how empowered Sammatha is to after her dreams. She starts off the as racing being about making thing right with her deceased dad. Then it gradualy moves to her being able to let go of the horrible past. Sammatha is beyond capable to follow her heart and listen to her head, especially when it comes to Manny. Overall great book. Would definately recommend.

    Peace & Love , A.P. Wolf

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    This book was a fast-paced wild ride set right in the center of

    This book was a fast-paced wild ride set right in the center of the Formula 1 racing circuit. The characters were believable, and I got caught up in the action quickly. There were times I disconnected a little bit with the main character, because I was aggravated by the difference in her private and public personas without hearing about the frustration that comes with it. It didn't reduce my enjoyment of the story, though.

    I appreciated the way the author brought me into the action of Formula 1 by using enough jargon to make the experience authentic, while not drowning me in so much that I couldn't follow it. I enjoyed both the action and backstory of this novel. I often thought the family stuff would have caused more difficulty for the main character, and I think that it could have enriched the story some.

    Overall, this was a well-written story that kept me interested all the way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    The reason I chose to read this book is because I like the Formu

    The reason I chose to read this book is because I like the Formula 1 and
    cars. I haven’t yet seen many books about racing, so this is actually an
    original book. It was good to read for a not-native English speaker. The
    words that are used aren’t too hard to understand. Before I reached page
    50, I already loved this book. It didn’t take me long to get ‘into it’,
    before I couldn’t stop reading. I’ve read it in two days because I
    wanted to know what happened to Samantha’s dad (which you find out quite
    early, not in the last pages of the book like most books) and if she
    could become the world champion. Although that seemed very unlikable,
    because in your first season, racing with the best of the world, you
    really have to be a very good talent. Very soon I recognized myself in
    Samantha. I have dreamed for a lot of years of racing, but I live in a
    country where you’re not allowed to drive when you’re 16 yet. There is
    one thing about this book that bothered me a bit. Quite often the book
    says ‘two weeks later’ or ‘three days later’, but I understand that it
    is hard to fill in a complete year, when almost only the races are
    important. Doug Solter wrote from two kinds of view: Samantha’s and
    Manny’s. I liked that, I always like that. It is good described what
    they think and feel. I always like reading the Donald Duck because it’s
    just really nice and funny, but also because names used for brands,
    stores, countries and cities are adapted a bit, into something from
    Duckburg. In Skid, names are adapted too, I think. Fernando Alvaro?
    Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hanson? Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Kinkade? Jenson
    Button. Michael Schuman? Michael Schumacher. I can be wrong about it,
    but those names are really similar (but I don’t mind, I always like
    that, too!). I only don’t know who Emilio Ronaldo is. I really doubted
    whether I should give Skid four or five stars. Actually I wanted to give
    4.5 stars, but that isn’t possible. So I give it five stars, because the
    idea was so original! If Doug Solter is going to write more books, I am
    sure I’m going to read them, and if there will come a sequel to Skid, I
    already can’t wait! :)

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

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    I Loved Skid!

    Who wouldn't like a YA version of Danica Patrick! Samantha's adventures are so well plotted and described in this fast-paced action-adventure thrill ride. The detail of the racing world is spot-on without distracting from the story. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a fun characters in a well-plotted story. I'll definitely read the next book in this series.

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    Posted October 7, 2012

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