Skid by Doug Solter

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Samantha drove the car that killed her dad. Now racked with guilt, the 17-year-old girl racer from Oklahoma promises to fulfill the racing dreams they once shared. Even if it kills her. Samantha sneaks into a private testing session and impresses the eccentric owner of a Formula 1 racing team who takes a chance on the outspoken, yet crazy-talented teen girl.

Samantha pushes herself, pushes her car, pushes her luck at 200 miles per hour. She battles a seven-time world champion and Ferrari racing god who was once a crush-worthy hero to a teen girl, but now a dream-crushing rival to a young adult woman. Samantha befriends the nerdy-cute nephew of the team's owner who she leans on for support and to keep her sanity. Yet his gentle advances towards romance clash with Samantha's racing goals. For advice on what to do, Samantha wants to ask her two sisters, but they won't speak to her. Not since she told them the real truth about Dad's accident. The real truth about that dark and rainy night that splits her family in two.

All Samantha's problems come to a head at a place called Spa in the lush Belgian forest. A place infamous for killing race car drivers. The teen girl must use all her skill, all her daring, and all her luck to win it all and become the young woman she's destined to be.

But only if she can beat the Ferrari next to her. And only if she can conquer her fear of racing in the rain. And only if she can get her hands on the steering wheel to stop shaking.

Fans of Courtney Summers' strong female characters and those who love action-packed books like The Hunger Games should find Skid exciting and emotionally compelling. Fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society should enjoy the international settings and lifestyles.

"SERIOUSLY, please read this amazing story! Okay, even though the story is about racing cars (A subject I don't know a lot about), it totally grabs your attention with the way the author describes the racing world (It was as if I was watching a movie. In a lot of moments, I was literally closing my eyes." - Review from Sincerely Happily Ever After BOOKS blog.

“Samantha soon wormed her way into my heart and I found myself routing for her, both in love and in races. I could hardly put the book down and read it in less than two days.” - Jess from the UK

“Loved, loved, loved this book! Samantha is such a strong character and a bit of a hot head which makes her seem real.” - Kate Tilton, YA Book Blogger

“I got this book for my kids, I read it and thought it was fantastic. Samantha was a well developed teenage girl, emotional, irrational, hard headed, but sweet as pie.” - K. Radford
 

About Doug Solter

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Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Doug went to college at Oklahoma State where he earned a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film production. Doug started writing screenplays in 1998 and became a 2001 semi-finalist in The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for his fifth screenplay, FATHER FIGURE. His tenth script, RAIL FAN, became a quarter-finalist in 2009. Soon after, Doug made the switch to writing young adult novels. SKID, a young adult novel set in the world of Formula 1 racing, is his first. Doug directed a music video, Cause I'm Black, for Dogg Pound rapper Dangerous Rob as well as other various short film projects.
 
Published May 6, 2012 by Doug Solter. 270 pages
Genres: Travel, Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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