Overdrive | Book Review

Author: Dawn Ius

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Received From: Simon & Schuster

Publications Date: September 13, 2016


Jules Parish has screwed up.

After three years of boosting cars, she got caught. She’s too good to get caught, but she let her (ex)-boyfriend talk her into a questionable job. And now, she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.


Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world—in seven weeks. Even worse, she’s forced to put her trust in three complete strangers to help her do it.

First, there’s Chelsea, the gorgeous redhead with a sharp tongue and love for picking locks. Then there’s Mat, who hasn’t met a system he couldn’t hack. And finally, there’s the impossibly sexy car thief Nick, whose bad attitude and mysterious past drive Jules crazy.

With nothing in common and everything to lose, can Jules and her amateur crew pull off what could be the biggest car heist in history? Or will things spin out of control faster than a Nevada dust devil?


Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending me an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

screen-shot-2016-08-25-at-9-08-43-pmWow is all I can say. This novel is fast-paced, smart and enjoyable. The characters are real, filled with real-life problems and troubles with family and friends. The relationships between them are not only a love one but finding a family and becoming one as well.

As a car lover myself, this book was perfect. A group of fostered teens is sent on an impossible mission-find seven of the rarest cars in seven weeks. Now where do I sign up for this!?

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Now, me being the person that I am, I had to look up what these cars looked like, and for your benefit, I have included their images in this review. All of the cars are just stunning, so you know that the author had done her research before hand on the models of the cars and how they work. With the type of detail that is included in this story, the images are just to help better enhance the styles of cars that they were sent to get, even though it is not necessarily needed.

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.11.22 PM.jpgEach of the teens is gifted is certain fields. Jules and Nick are able to boost any car, Mat who has the ability to crack any computer code, and Chelsea, who really through me for a loop. Although she may look and act like a pampered rich girl, she has the ability to pick any lock, along with the mouth of the average truck driver.

Jules has given up everything in her life in order to provide the life she wants for her Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.13.06 PM.jpgsister, but she has also lost a lot in her life, which is the reason she ends up living with Roger Montgomery, a middle-aged billionaire that has one goal, collect all the cars that were his wife’s final wish. He is a person who is a bit OBSESSED with cars. And when I say obsessed, I mean he practically molests the cars once they are in his posetion (creepy, I know right).

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.14.19 PM.jpgI mean, he practically drools over their beauty, but in his defense, they are some pretty nice cars.

As the story is pieced together, you are able to see how the characters bond and develop together. Since they are all thrown into this mission together, they have no other choice but to get along, whether they like it or not.

Without giving away too many spoilers, I do highly recommend this book for everyone. screen-shot-2016-08-25-at-9-12-15-pm Even if you do not enjoy cars, the story that is told in, unlike any other YA novel that I have read. With that being said, this book is perfect for those that enjoy the ability to relate to the characters and situations that occur within it. It is the perfect quick read for those that are looking for a new YA book to read for the fall.

-Read On Darlings!



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