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Roadside Assistance [Kindle Edition]

Amy Clipston
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Book 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.

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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) -- Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

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 Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

Product Details

  • File Size: 1809 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031071981X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RCXK8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,132 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadside Assistance July 10, 2011
Emily Curtis is a teen whose world was totally turned upside down. A tomboy who is most comfortable under the hood of a car, the last year has been one of the hardest of her young life. Her mother died of cancer, and then her fathers repair business goes belly up, so because of the staggering medical bills and the loss the business they lose their house. Her dad, Brad, looks at it as a way to make a fresh start so they move in with his sister and her family who lives in an affluent neighborhood, but somewhere along the way Emily has lost the ability to pray. Even though people around Emily try to help her, she finds it difficult to open up, until she meets Zander, the boy next door, who shares a love for working on cars, and has no problems sharing his strong Christan faith. Can the boy next door help her find her way back to God?

Amy Clipston sure knows how to weave a story. I have read plenty of her Amish fiction and wondered how she might do with something that wasn't centered around the Amish and all I can say is she has hit a home run with this one! She easily draws you into the life of Emily a young girl that is so easy to relate to. Emily is sort of a loner who has always sort of kept to herself, her life has many upheavals so its easy to understand why she might have lost her way spiritually. Zander was such a good match for her, he not only gave her a place to tinker on cars but he also listened to her. The secondary characters were just as interesting. Whitney was someone I totally misread, I expected her to be one way and she was the opposite.I also thought it was perfect how the author had Emily writing letters to her mother as a way to cope with her feelings.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Do you know how to fix a car? This girl for sure does! Meet Emily Curtis, a sixteen year old junior who's passion is fixing Chevys. Her life hasn't been easy this past year; her mom died of cancer, her boyfriend broke up with her, and she's now leaving her best friend and the place she calls home to go live in her aunt's house.

With the company of her dad Brad, they leave everything behind and are now looking forward to a new start. They move to Brad's sister house, Darlene, which has a fascination of making Emily more feminine. Now living with her aunt isn't going to be easy, and add that she has the perfect cousin, Whitney. Even her grandmother favorites her cousin over her.

Emily is not your typical girl. She doesn't care about make-up, clothes and doesn't even own a cellphone. But underneath, she's having some faith issues. She can't pray; not since her mom died. Emily feels lost and everyone around her seem to know their way. She's a loner and keeps to herself. But maybe things aren't as bad at they seem. There's this really cute guy next door named Zander. Will Emily be able to impress him with her mechanical skills?

First of all, this book talks a lot about faith and God. But before you stop reading this because of that factor, hear me out. Even the main character has a hard time with her faith and the religion of those around her. It's doesn't come easy for her to trust God as it does for the others. Apart from the religion factor, this book was different because the main character is a tomboy, and there's not a lot of that in the Young Adult world. She isn't afraid to get her hands dirty with some grease.

Her family, which now includes her aunt and her husband and their two kids, Logan and Whitney are amazingly written. Especially Whitney.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cars rebuilt -- lives repaired! May 18, 2011
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I purchased this book for my daughter, but after reading the first few paragraphs, I was hooked.
Emily Curtis is a tomboy. She feels at home under a car hood, rebuilding a chevy engine, but her world suddenly slips into neutral when her mother dies from cancer, her father loses his auto mechanic business, and they are forced to move in with relatives. It isn't long before she meets the neighbor,Zander. They form an immediate bond after she diagnoses the noise in his engine. Soon, his garage becomes her refuge. Zander shares more than his tools, he shares the word of God. This is a great book where you'll find more than just engines are rebuilt--lives are repaired.
I would recommend this book for both young adults and adults who want to be a tomboy again!

Roadside Assistance (Amy Clipston YA)
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful July 7, 2014
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I absolutely loved this book. I am a Christian teenager and this book was fabulous. I related very well to the charactersand I will definitely read this book again. This book has a good message to it, but it is not pushy. The only downside of this book was I wish it were longer. The ending seemed a little rushed to me, and it left one question unanswered that I really wanted to know. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Having Faith with help you through your trials July 7, 2014
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A lot of bad things have happened, loss of a mother, loss of a home, loss of a business. Father and daughter get help from his rich sister but at what cost to the teenage daughter. This story is about finding faith and being who you are instead of thinking you need to be someone else to be accepted. There is a lot of suggestion to the fact that one needs only to rely on God to get them through and it has a sweet message for seeing the love and help from others.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teen book
My 14 year old daughter really enjoyed this book. She read it in one day.
Published 2 days ago by Apryl Guillory
4.0 out of 5 stars A new perspective.
I enjoyed this book. I thought the spiritual insights were well done , though a bit forced for my tastes. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Average read.
Published 17 days ago by Pauline Creager
4.0 out of 5 stars Roadside Assistance
Story kept my attention and I did not want to put it down. I am used to her Amish novels and this did not disappoint me.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
I chose to give this book a five star rating because it is worth it. The plot is easy to follow. The characters are easy to relate to and you can identify with the main character... Read more
Published 2 months ago by agnes mckenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put this book down
Loved this book.I didn't want it to end.What happens with Emily's dad,do Zander & Emily stay together.Please tell me there's a sequel.
Published 2 months ago by Sueann F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
It was exactly what I was looking for. I thought it was wonderfully written and was a easy read. Completely my kind of book!
Published 5 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved this book so much. I could completely relate to Emily: passion for cars (especially a 69' Camaro), and being the tomboy-personality which is quite different from her... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nikki Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a very touching book and good read...
Going in, I knew nothing of Amy Clipston or that this book would have any emphasis on faith. The latter was a pleasant surprise and a good addition to the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable YA Read That's Touching and Filled with Hope!
I knew this book was good even before I'd finished the first chapter. Emily is dealing with the death of her mom and moving with her dad to her aunt's house as well as a new high... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Grant
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More About the Author

Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at or on Facebook at

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