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Zondervan / 2011 / ePub

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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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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780310577867
ISBN-13: 9780310577867
UPC: 025986577865
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at www.amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

Editorial Reviews

Tomboy Emily Curtis lost her ability to pray when her mother died. Overwhelmed by hospital bills that they can’t pay, Emily and her dad are forced to move in with Emily’s aunt and her perfect cousin, Whitney. Things seem to be going from bad to worse until she meets cute next-door neighbor Zander and his 1970s Dodge Challenger. Emily has never felt as at home as she does working under the hood of a car. Can Zander help her find her faith again? VERDICT Clipston, the best-selling author of the “Kauffman Amish Bakery” series, makes her young adult fiction debut with glowing results. Emily’s angst over losing her mother and being compared to her more feminine cousin is palpable. Engaging characters and abelievable story line make this a sure bet for teens who enjoy Melody Carlson. It will also appeal to adult readers of YA fiction.
In her first novel for teens, adult author Clipston (the Kaufmann Amish Bakery series) presents the conventional spiritual journey of 17-year-old Emily, whose life has been uprooted since her mother's death from cancer: Emily's father's auto shop went belly up, they lost their house to foreclosure, and had to sell the beloved '69 Camaro she had fixed up. And moving in with her wealthy aunt, uncle, and beautiful cousin Whitney (to whom she has always been compared) makes Emily feel like a charity case. Emily rebuffs repeated invitations from Whitney and her friends, the pastoral staff at their new church, and her father, preferring to stay in her room writingjournal entries to her mother and pondering her uncertain relationship withGod. A developing friendship with Zander, a cute neighbor who shares her passion for cars, provides some solace, but she finds his strong Christian faith unnerving. Emily's struggles with grief, difference, dependency, and the need for someone to depend on provide opportunities for growth, friendship, and budding romance. The story follows a predictable course, but the characters are well developed and it remains affecting. Ages 13–16. (May)

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  1. DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I really loved this story!
    September 16, 2014
    DonnasBookshelf
    Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Roadside Assistance.
    I wasnt sure what to expect when I picked up roadside assistance to read one thing I knew for sure, was if Amy Clipston had written it, it would be a great read but since Im nearing retirement, I wasnt sure if I could see it from the eyes of a teenager, which would make sense, as it is being listed as YA fiction.

    While it is true that I identified easily with the adults Brad, Darlene and Chuck, Pastor Keith and Jenna it was also remarkably easy to identify with the main character.

    Seventeen-year-old Emily loses her mom, her boyfriend, and then her home. She and her dad are forced to move in with his sister and her family. Emily turns away from God, feeling like shes lost everything that matters (except her dad).

    I really loved this story it drew me in quickly and without warning; before I knew it, I was over half done and obviously I wasnt going to put it down until I was finished. Thankfully I began reading early, with minor interruptions, so I was able to finish and get to bed before midnight.

    Normally wait until I have written the review before picking up another book, but I couldnt wait to get started on the sequel, destination unknown this story focuses on Emilys cousin Whitney! Cool!

    Ill be posting my review of destination unknown in a couple of days, but let me just say its every bit as good as roadside assistance. I know, because I read it during my lunch hour at work and had the hardest time putting it down and going back to work. I will even admit that I left the book at work and didnt remember until I reached home where I promptly turned around and went back after it!

    Were talking Nashville traffic, people during rush hour! My normal trip home usually takes 25 minutes; this round trip took almost 90 minutes!

    But I finally got home, ate dinner and wrote this review now I can finish destination unknown!

    Happy Reading!!!
  2. Katharina
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great characters
    March 24, 2012
    Katharina
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Roadside Assistance.
    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.
  3. Mary Beth
    Gainesville, VA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A real talent for story telling.
    February 29, 2012
    Mary Beth
    Gainesville, VA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Roadside Assistance.
    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.
  4. AngelLinda
    PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Teen Novel
    November 21, 2011
    AngelLinda
    PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Roadside Assistance.
    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.
  5. Social Butterfly
    Crestwood, KY.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding. Everyone should read this book.
    April 8, 2011
    Social Butterfly
    Crestwood, KY.
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Roadside Assistance.
    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.
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