Published: April 23, 2011
A very bumpy ride.
Emily Curtis is used to dealing with her problems while under the hood of an old Chevy, but when her mom dies, Emily's world seems shaken beyond repair. Driven from home by hospital bills they can't pay, Emily and her dad move in with his wealthy sister, who intends to make her niece more feminine---in other words, just like Whitney, Emily's perfect cousin. But when Emily hears the engine of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, and sees the cute gearhead, Zander, next door, things seem to be looking up.
But even working alongside Zander can't completely fix the hole in Emily's life. Ever since her mom died, Emily hasn't been able to pray, and no one---not even Zander---seems to understand. But sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.
WARNING!! THIS BOOK CONSISTS OF RELIGIOUS ASPECTS! So if that's not you thaaang... then keep moving forward! lol :)
This book leads the reader on a very spiritual, emotional and meaningful journey through a girl who has lost everything. It's about this girl finding her way back to God, through situations that make her question her faith. When I picked this book up I wasn't expecting to relate to the main character as much as I did. I am too very religious in the aspect that god has planned everything for you, you just have to be patient and let it happen. This book illustrates the story of a high school girl who is coping with the loss of her mother and the idea of finding her way back to God is difficult.
After losing everything, Emily and her father have to move in with her aunt. Trying to get along with her perfect Christian cousin, Whitney is a challenge that Emily doesn't want to deal with. All she wants is to keep to her self, work on her car, and pray that her situation changes. All while everyone is trying to mold her into her perfect cousin, pestering her to go shopping and hanging out with Whitney's friends. Besides all this craziness, Emily's neighbor, Zandor seems to have caught her eye. They have had few encounters, but all of them have been interesting and you can tell there is something romantic brewing between them.