Reviewed June 30, 2006.
Delacorte Press, New York, 2006. 183
Available at Sembach Library
(J MCN F COO).
I loved this
book! I read most of it while waiting an
hour and a
half for a doctor appointment. I
embarrassed myself laughing out loud in the waiting room.
(To make things worse, the others waiting
were German speakers.) Then of course I
couldn’t go to sleep that night until I had finished it.
ago, Brit got her
driver’s license, just after the end of her junior year of high school. Now her parents are leaving for two weeks,
and Brit’s supposed to stay with Nannie, her eighty-six-year-old
grandmother. Nannie doesn’t have a car
either, because Brit’s mother told her that she was too old to drive
any more, cut
up her license, and sold Nannie’s Cadillac.
have long to
think they will be a boring two weeks. Shortly
after her parents drop her off, a man pulls up
with a rental car
for Nannie. She’s determined to go to her
sixty-fifth college dorm reunion. She and
her three roommates had never missed a year until last year, when their
said that they were all too old and sick.
only planning to
drive to the reunion, having renewed her driver’s license, she’s also
a kidnapping. Her friend Aurelia has
been placed in a nursing home because her son claims she has
Alzheimer’s. Nannie and Flo, another of
“the girls,” are
going to break her out. It looks like Brit
will get to spend two weeks with a friend.
problem. Nannie’s too short to see the
road when driving the big van she rented. Trying
to back out of the driveway, she tears up the yard
even make it to the road.
she turns to
Brit. So what if she’s only sixteen, and
not old enough to legally drive a rental car? So
what if she’s never driven on the highway before? She’s
their only hope to get “the girls” to
their reunion. Poor Aurelia, stuck in a
nursing home, is looking forward to their coming. After
all, if Brit is caught, she’ll probably
only never get to drive again for about the next ten years.
beginning. No step in their journey or
their kidnapping caper is simple. The
story is delightful, insightful, suspenseful, and completely hilarious.
reminded me of Joan
Bauer’s wonderful Rules of the Road. Both have a young teenager learning wisdom
older and wiser,
but frailer, while learning about navigating the highway—both the
highway and the highway of life.
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Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All
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