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"Received an advance reader copy for a fair review." Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to read and review Overdrive by Dawn Ius! Julia, a teenage car thief living in a foster home with her ten year-old little sister, is busted during a car grab. Julia has been trying to become independent enough to raise her sister, Emma, on her own. She does not want to be separated from Emma and will do whatever it takes for them to stay together. I admire Julia because she loves her sister tremendously and by choice, wants to take care of her. Roger Montgomery wants to give Julia and Emma a place to live. Julia is suspicious, but feels like she has run out of options. A "Gone in Sixty Seconds" young adult story involving teenage foster kids and all the thrills and car chases as the movie. Eleanor, the amazing Mustang from the "Gone in Sixty Seconds" movie, even has a cameo appearance! Since I am a fan of the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed this! It takes a while for the foster teenagers to mesh and get along, but after Roger tells them his secret, they get to know each other better and work well together. Roger seems a bit strange and the teenagers are cautious around him and unsure of his intentions. The teenagers figure out Roger's secret and things change dramatically after that. Overdrive gets a 4 star rating because of its complex emotions, teamwork and the thrill of the chase!
Let me start off by saying that this story is very similar to the movie Gone in Sixty Seconds, one of my favorite movies EVER! When Gone in Sixty Seconds first came out, I watched it constantly. Like daily. I've seen it at least 20 times from beginning to end, probably more like 50 since it used to just be playing in the background while I did other things. I don't know why I loved it so much, but I just did. So aside from my love of Dawn Ius and her awesome writing, I also knew I HAD to read this book when it was compared to one of my faves. I really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. It starts off immediately with a bang and never waivers. This is an action-packed story filled with intense moments and an edge-of-your-seat feeling from beginning to end. I absolutely loved this group of characters. And though they're technically the "bad guys" breaking the law and all, I couldn't help but route for them. Sometimes people make horribly bad decisions for the best of reasons, and that's how this story felt to me. The characters' walls were all broken down bit by bit as the story progressed and we got to know each one a little bit better. I've found that usually intense stories like this are all about the action and don't go into much depth with the characters. This one, however, was the opposite. We got action PLUS and in-depth look into these characters' pasts and why they were where they were, making the decisions they were making. There was a bit of a romance, but it was more on the back burner. I'm a huge romance fan, so I ALWAYS love having romance in my books. I have to say though, the way Dawn did this one was really perfect. The romance didn't take away from the action at all, and I truly appreciated that. The family bond elements were strong in this book too. Despite Jules and her little sister being relocated from house to house more times than they can count, they were truly bonded. They both had the others' interests at heart every step of the way. They would do anything for each other, and I love seeing siblings with a strong relationship like that. Despite it being a bit too-good-to-be-true at times, and maybe a bit predictable, this story was truly entertaining. I loved it! Dawn Ius has this way of writing characters that are impossible not to become completely invested in. Another hit from Dawn! (Thanks to Simon Pulse for the review copy!)