Monday, April 9, 2012

Sign Stealing: From Fun to Fatal

Book Review: Driver's Ed by Caroline Cooney

When the kids in Mr. Fielding's driver's ed class talk about stealing the Thickly Settled sign near the forest, he was barely aware of the conversation. He was so burnt out on living that he neglected to teach the only class where failure may result in death on the road. So when his students end up stealing a stop sign and a woman dies, he determines to teach better and find out who is responsible. The only problem is he doesn't know anyone's name and the students all look alike.

My favorite part about Driver's Ed was getting inside the minds of the two main teen characters. It was like taking a step back in time for me and remembering what it was like to have a crush and doing stupid things to get attention. It was interesting to follow the teens' thoughts and justifications as well as to experience their torment as they continually choose to hide the truth. While telling the truth won't bring someone back from the dead, it's the first step in making things better.

I think Driver's Ed is a great book for young adults that not only teaches you that the thrill of the moment may lead to something disastrous, but more importantly that the emotions that fill your soul afterward cause tremendous anguish.

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