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Drive Like Hell: A Novel Hardcover – February 8, 2005
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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All these forces pull Luke in different directions as he copes with one of the most important (from a teenager's perspective) events in his life -- getting his first license. Hudgens does a great job of picking an event and process (the driving test, the responsibility that comes with driving, the fear of losing the license, etc.) that mirrors the entry into adulthood.
Luke is a study in contrasts, often somewhat older than his years and at other times the impetuous teenager, thinking only of the moment. Hudgens has marvelously captured the feeling of growing up. His style reminds me of Carl Hiassen, with the same quality of characterization, but without the zaniness. The prose is compelling and beautifully captures the essence and spirit of the time and place. Highly recommended.
The protagonist is a teenager in early 1980's Georgia named Luke Fulmer. The story is at heart a coming-of-age for Luke, as he struggles to deal with, understand and protect the lifestyle and people he loves. Throughout the novel, driving and cars are a major undercurrent to Luke's life. Luke was hooked on racing and classic cars from the moment his errant dad came back into his life at age 10 and introduced him to the finer points of street racing (in addition to petty larceny and boozing). The loss of Luke's license after an auto theft near the beginning of the story never really goes away, and it is his anxiety over this loss and burning desire to get it back that pervade and define Luke's mood and actions in many ways. Cars are ubiquitous in this story, from the speedway to a series of unfortunate and interesting events along the way.
The characters that populate the heady landscape of the story are often over-the-top, though never pretentious or fake. From Luke's struggling mother to his punk older brother, the smart and mysterious girlfriend, the chef at the hotel where he works and the country cops and everyone in between, it is a pleasure to read about these people and many others, and the positive and negative effects they have on Luke. There are even well-woven cameos by real-life celebrities Jack Nicklaus and Paul Newmann!
The book is full of everything that defines daily country life for many: racing, wrestling, and many other things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have never bonded with characters quite like I did with Drive Like Hell. An exciting roller coaster of a book from start to finish.Published on February 26, 2014 by Colby Pelfrey
it's better than the book i wrote (i haven't written one) but having said that, i choked this down. i really grew up like this (except for the sex) and didn't find the story worthy... Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by blues_punk
From beggining to end this book couldn't have been much more interesting, unless I was riding along too!!! Marvelously written, 100% entertainment from cover to cover. Read morePublished on August 3, 2008 by David G. Karst
This book grabs you and sucks you in from the first page. By page 10, I couldn't put it down. Well written and entertaining, uniquely insightful about growing up male and Southern. Read morePublished on December 18, 2006 by Mary Ellen Hickman
Hudgens has spun a compelling tale about Luke, a 16-year-old Southern boy in the late 1970's who is about to have a series of life-shaping experiences. Read morePublished on September 15, 2005 by Jessica Lux
All of the music references made this book so enjoyable. I picked up my son's copy, and I'm not sure which one of us liked it more. Read morePublished on June 30, 2005 by Charlie Mobrey
I never dreamed that I would grow to care for the redneck crew that inhabit the pages of Drive Like Hell. Read morePublished on May 26, 2005 by K. Wakeley