- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545104742
- ISBN-13: 978-0545104746
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Destroy All Cars Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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"James' consideration of 'the lameness of people in general'-which he fairly applies also to himself-gives a nuanced look at why it's hard to change anything in the world but also why it's a noble cause worth striving for." - Los Angeles Times
"This sweet, satisfying read will appeal to fans of Nelson's previous books, and teens who want to change the world- even if the only world they change is their own." - Voice of Youth Advocates
"An elegant and bittersweet story of a teenager who is finding his voice and trying to make meaning in a world he often finds hopeless." - Publishers Weekly
*The New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Blake Nelson is the author of many acclaimed novels for teens, including Paranoid Park, Girl, The New Rules of High School, and Rock Star Superstar. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yes, this YA is about banning, or trying to, ban cars, but its alot more than that - its really the thoughts, emotions and (at times) somewhat slithly foolish musings of a young man who seems to have lots of thoughts but a lot less willingness to put it all into action.
The book is a mixture of manifesto and journal entries, sprinkled with conversations and although I was a tad worried about the various formats merging well together, author Nelson does a great job of making it all seamless.
What we end up getting is a funny, sometimes touching picture of a young man who has a cause and isn't afraid to rant about it. However, the most interesting part of this book for me is the message behind the entries - which make me feel as though this book is about much more than just the obvious - but is rather of a young man who is insecure, unsure of himself and chooses to express himself in this somewhat odd manner.
Although some might think this book is militant, it really isn't - because most of the entires are either funny or a tad sad and touching. I especially loved the entry about bowling - when James explains why he dropped the ball....."my ball holes were sticky".... loved it!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
While I loved James rants and sort of easier said than done thoughts about the world I could see how he might get on other people's nerves. I really liked the way the book was written, how it was a mix of James rants, journal entries, and conversations with other people. There is an especially insightful essay about nature towards the end of the book which I really liked. I also liked the different relationships he explores with a few girls throughout the book. It was definitely harder for him to be Mr. Tough Guy when he was around Sadie his ex-girlfriend.
It was nice to see how James kind of mellowed out and found a place where he belonged towards the end of the book instead of trying to stand out from everyone as much as he could towards the beginning of the book. I'll definitely be checking out some of author Blake Nelson's other work!
I choose this book because it speaks out against America's consumerist culture and I love books that help people become more aware. The book started out really good. I loved James' essays about why we should destroy all cars and the person who influenced him. I loved his commentary on his teachers and his ex-girlfriend. But as the book went on, James got more and more self-centered. Was he really interested in the state of the world or was he just trying to get attention. He was so against cars but didn't have a problem getting rides in them--but refused to own one himself. I did like the characters voice and I liked the story--I just would have liked to see a little more character growth. In all, a good read.
I ended up completing this book in the afternoon. That's a great time for a pick-me-up. I never knew how I felt about the main character, James Hoff, a junior in high school. He definitely had a negative outlook, but the way he expressed it on paper had me doubling over in laughter. The reader got to know him through essays he submitted to is English teacher, Mr. Cogweiller as well as his journal entries.
James is all against Consumer Americans. He believes if we do away with all personally owned vehicles, we could save our planet. There is more going on with James though. He is trying to find his way, but it's pretty hard.
DESTROY ALL CARS is his coming-of-age story. It's endearing, hilarious, and a must read book!
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