When Emily Curtis' mom dies, the hospital bills force her and her dad to move to her wealthy aunt's house. Emily, who's used to getting her hands dirty working on cars, isn't used to the way her aunt is trying to make her over into the perfect girly girl, just like her cousin Whitney. Things start to look up when she meets a fellow car buff her age and they work on cars together . . . but will the hole in her heart ever fill up? Emily learns that sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.
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I started this back in September when browsing a bookstore with my best friend. Sadly I didn’t have time to finish it – only got to around page 50 or so. But I wanted to find out what happened to Emily when she found herself uprooted from her small home, her car, her school and her friends. And I finally got that chance when my sister brought it home over spring break.
Emily’s dad, Brad, is a car mechanic and owns his own garage where Emily has spent many a day over the course of her seventeen years. She would much rather have grease under the nails than polish on them. But Emily’s mom just passed away from cancer and the bills have eaten up all of their savings plus their house and business. So they move to Uncle Chuck and Aunt Darlene’s house in a fancy neighborhood (Uncle Chuck is a banker) while her dad searches for a job and pays off their debts.
Whenever Emily has spent time with her dad’s sister and family she feels like they want to change her and don’t and won’t accept her for who she is. Her aunt wants to change her hair and clothes and her choice in makeup (little to none) and her grandma only talks about her cousin. Her cousin Whitney, who is a cheerleader, who makes good grades and who is constantly held up as a model to follow.
Needless to say Emily is not thrilled about the move. But once she gets there she finds that life might not be that bad after all. The boy next door (who happens to be quite cute) has an old that he is trying to restore and a garage full of tools. Plus he’s a great listener and genuinely wants to help her found the faith she lost when her mother died.
That’s one thing I really liked about Roadside Assistance it wasn’t full of platitudes people say when someone loses a loved one. Amy Clipston does an excellent job chronicling Emily’s pain and grief and anger at losing her mom. While also dealing with moving to a new place, starting her senior year at a strange school and needing boy advice.
Another aspect that I really liked was how everyone else in the story had a part to play and lessons to learn themselves. But the best part is Emily’s talent and love for working on cars. Specifically Chevys. It adds a fun an unique angle on the story, she isn’t your typical 17 year old. And stereotypes don’t hold for several other characters as well.
It’s clean with a couple of kisses. Personally I think high school romance is silly because it rarely lasts so why go through all that heartache. But to each his/her own. I enjoyed this story and I think teens would connect well with Emily.
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Review 2 for Roadside Assistance
A real talent for story telling.
Date:February 29, 2012
Have been following this author in her Kaufman Amish Bakery Series. Nice to see she can tell a good tale regardless of the subject matter. I will continue to look forward to her next book.
Amish fiction author, Amy Clipson, presents the conventional spiritual journey of 17 year old Emily, in her first teen novel. Emily's life has been turned upside down since her mother died from cancer, her dad's auto shop folded, and they lost their house to foreclosure. Emily also had to sell her beloved Camaro that she had fixed up. Emily's moving in with her wealthy aunt and uncle makes her feel like a charity case and she really dislikes being compared to her beautiful cousin, Whitney. Emily avoids Whitney and her friends, her new church and even her father, finding solitude in writing journal entries to her mother in the quiet of her room. She also ponders her relationship with God. Through Emily's struggles with grief, she develops a friendship with Zander - the cute neighbor. Zander shares her passion for cars, but Emily finds his strong Christian faith a bit unnerving, but Zander fills the need Emily has for friendship and a budding romance. The characters are very well developed and the story line is enjoyable. I hope to see more teen fiction from Amy Clipson. Recommended for any reader 13 and up.
Thanks to Zondervan/ZonderKids for providing me with this complimentary copy for my review.
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Review 4 for Roadside Assistance
Outstanding. Everyone should read this book.
Date:April 8, 2011
I just finished an outstanding book. The final page said “Roadside Assistance is Amy Clipston first novel for teens." I am happy that they put that at the end of the book. This book is for more than just teens. It is for Parents, Youth Ministers and yes for teens. I have laugh and cried. All parents should buy this for their teens. However, read it first. It will make you think about changes in your life.