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Danielle is drawn to Reid, the quintessential “bad boy.” Even though she should learn from her mother’s poor taste in men, she can’t seem to shake her strong feelings for him. As she gets caught up in Reid’s lifestyle, Danielle turns a blind eye to his lies, and is soon in way over her head. But her BFF Ashley is determined not to let Danielle become the road kill on Reid’s joy ride through life. Patrick Jones takes readers for a ride in this dynamic story about good friends, ...

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Overview

Danielle is drawn to Reid, the quintessential “bad boy.” Even though she should learn from her mother’s poor taste in men, she can’t seem to shake her strong feelings for him. As she gets caught up in Reid’s lifestyle, Danielle turns a blind eye to his lies, and is soon in way over her head. But her BFF Ashley is determined not to let Danielle become the road kill on Reid’s joy ride through life. Patrick Jones takes readers for a ride in this dynamic story about good friends, bad boys, and fast cars.

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VOYA - James Gahagan
Dannielle "Danni" Griffin, almost sixteen, hates her life. Her waitress mother and the mother's string of loser boyfriends receive most of Danni's contempt. Danni envies her pretty, smart best friend, Ashley, and ignores Evan, a nice guy who wants to be more than friends. Wanting excitement and adventure in her life, Danni falls for Reid, an older guy with a wild lifestyle and a Dodge Viper. Reid tells her what she wants to hear, and Danni thinks she has found love. A road trip becomes a journey of discovery as Danni finds that nothing is as she thinks. Viewing her world through wide open eyes, Danni learns the meaning of friendship, love and family. Jones tells a memorable story. Danni's voice is strong and interesting from the first page. Watching her make one bad choice after another is a heartrending experience. Characters such as Carl, the mother's boyfriend, could have been better developed. Revelations regarding Ashley come without sufficient foreshadowing, lessening the emotional impact of what should have been the most poignant surprise in the tale. There are hints, but Danni is barely aware of the mysteries surrounding her friend. Overall it is a good story but not Jones's best. Reviewer: James Gahagan
Children's Literature - Caroline Goddard
Danielle has not always lived life on her own terms, but she wants to. Danielle also wants to feel that independence and happiness she is seeking. There are stumbling blocks that Danielle must deal with first, one of which is her mother who finds solace with many different suitors, and keeping them is her first priority. There are two people in Danielle's life that she can depend on, Ashley, her best friend, and Evan, the boy who likes her and would do anything for her. As the summer begins, Danielle makes an unplanned stop at her old friend Kate's house. Danielle and Kate have not been friends since the night that Danielle let her feelings be known to Kate's older brother Reid, the consummate bad boy. Needless to say, that night did not go well for Danielle, and she had never returned to the scene of the crime, until one fateful night when Evan's brother, who was giving Danielle a ride home, stopped at Reid's house. The reconnection was made, and Danielle was putty in his hands, to the dismay of both Ashley and Evan. Is the bad boy, Reid, Danielle's way of living life on her own terms? Will she follow him down his illegal road in his fast car? Patrick Jones brings to light the hard decisions that all teens have to make—"Is it me or the crowd?"—in a brilliant and thought provoking way. Reviewer: Caroline Goddard
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Danielle, 15, wants to be loved-not the way the Dad-wannabes love her single mom, not the way her ever-reliable friend Evan loves her, but really loved, the way she deserves. So when her old crush Reid expresses an interest in her, she falls hard for the much older boy. To be with him, she routinely ditches and lies to Evan and BFF Ashley, who steadfastly stand by with admonitions and advice. When Danielle finally sees through Reid's lies and realizes that he has been unfaithful, she and Ashley steal his cherished car and hit the road. Danielle's relationships are mostly realistic, if overly dramatic, and the premise of getting swept up in a bad boy's charms is believable. However, the dialogue-driven narrative is sometimes clumsy, major characters often serve as doormats to be pushed aside, and references to teen culture are self-conscious and stuffy. Although the fact that Ashley's life is not as happy as she pretends is repeatedly hinted at, the details of her past are confessed too late to make any thematic use of them, despite their relevance to Danielle's situation. This book has the potential to be an engrossing story but gets dragged down by the weak characters and a ham-handed delivery.-Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802797001
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICK JONES received lifetime achievement awards from both the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association for his work motivating young people to read. He is also the author of many teen novels, including The Tear Collector, Stolen Car, and Things Change. Patrick was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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    RIP James Walker

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