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There's lots of fun to be had on this little adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat while wishing you were also taking part in the stunts. However I did have a bit of a love hate relationship with Jeda and Benny at times. They're certainly a representation of both parts of ourselves, the part that wants to live wild and carefree and the part that feels pressure to be responsible and make other people happy. They learn from each other and kind of balance each other out, although at times I was a little frustrated by their lack of communication and rapid mood swings - surely I was never like that in my late teens/early twenties. Ahem. Still, it's a great writer who can make you feel so conflicted about characters who have almost become friends.
All my years reading crime novels had me trying to solve the mystery but it really did keep me guessing to the end - something I find rare these days, but highly enjoyable. Bad-ass babes chasing their dreams, racing cars, building motorbikes, meeting boys, struggling to come to grips with family secrets and a mysterious man in gray, all while trying to save an important and unlikely friendship that's certainly put to the test. This book has it all!
Main characters Jeda and Benny start out as newish friends. Over an epic Summer of Thrills that spans the slapstick to the truly perilous, they learn more about themselves, the world, and each other. Jeda has family secrets to unravel and make sense of with Benny's help, and Benny has to own her true passion in life, even if it means disappointing her parents.
The writing is visual. From a brief stop at a coffee shop in Lido Isle to the garage where Jeda and Benny work on cars/motorcycles/a kite, the reader gets a good sense of being in place without the read slowing. A love of vintage cars, cameras, and clothes is evident in both characters but integrated in a way so that it doesn't get boggy and it never feels like tacked-on quirks.
Another thing I appreciated about this book is young women having fun in a way other than buying shoes or chasing guys. Benny does begin a romance, but it is respectful, nice, and her man is as intelligent and into motorcycles as she is. Though it's a new thing for her and she has a few blips, her insecurities are so character appropriate that your heart aches with her instead of your eyes rolling at her.
I was satisfied but also sad when Motor Dolls ended, but there seems to be room for a few books after this one. I've my fingers crossed that this isn't the end of Benny & Jeda.
It's been a really long time since I read a straight up good best friend book. Motor Dolls isn't "Chick-lit" like most people would define a Chick-Lit book. I think when people think of that they imagine something like Sex in the City in book form and maybe that made all of you happy but Sex in the City made me want to stab myself in the head repeatedly with a spoon. This book is better than that, I would make a new genre for it and call it "Empowered-Lady-Lit". That is obviously not going to catch on because it is a mouthful but someone really should push that so it trends.
This book does stand out the from the books where romance and frivolity abounds. It's a book with a whole lot of substance. The two main characters are going through a true coming of age, Jeda and Benny both as individuals and together as friends are discovering what possibilities are available to them. It has come to the time when they have to ask themselves those really hard questions: Who they are? Who they want to be? Who they can trust? And what really is important? So that they can discover the next part of their lives. Lori sets this up really well and then she manages to show the insecurity, confusion, anger, jealousy, happiness, love and plain old joy that comes from having a close relationship with someone when you haven't had that sort of friendship before.
That all sounds incredibly deep. Woe is me! Right or no? Well let me introduce them a little. Jeda and Benny met and connected over their passion for vintage vehicles. They share similar interests in what they like to do, the places they like to go and who they hang out with. It sounds like the perfect relationship--but Jeda is not really one of those people who opens up really. She is a little distant. She's a lot wild. Benny on the other hand pretty much tows the line. She has a life plan. She is doing her Geology courses so she can go back home and save the land she grew up in to make her parents happy. It doesn't matter that she loves photography. You don't make money doing what you love. They are sort of like two ships traveling along in sort of the same-ish direction for kinda-ish the time being with the knowledge that at some point the future is going to happen and then life will take them in two different directions. Then Jeda tells Benny what she believes her future will be and it shakes Benny's beliefs too.
Jeda drops the bomb that she doesn't believe she is going to live to her 21st birthday. This was a little eerie/alarming to me. I think I was 12 or 13 when I first began to believe I wasn't going to live to my 27th. I actually completely screwed up my life by believing that I didn't have to worry about any consequences past that day. So reading this was some scary. Jeda confides in Benny and this rocks Benny's world. From this confession both women basically begin this long arduous journey of self-discovery and determining self worth. Benny becomes Jeda's partner-in-crime in a list of reckless events that all go on a list of ways Jeda isn't going to die.
The icing on the cake is how Lori covers the entirely well done psychological story in a retro world that is incredibly detailed and seductively intriguing. She adds in classic car and car races in the desert, rebuilding custom vintage motorcycles, ghost towns, downhill luging on skateboards, a mysterious man who knows everything they do, diving into dye tanks, flying in a person kite over Santa Monica Pier and the weather in Belize. Her attention to detail and talent for description is extraordinary and her ability to keep the pace of the story makes it fantastic to read.
Jeda and Benny are two best friends who put their friendship ahead of everything else for this Summer of Thrills and find that on the other side that the investment has a payout for life.
I really am not sure what other books to recommend that are similar to this book because it really is singularly a standout above any other of it's kind. (This Review was written for my blog All The Things Inbetween at Alicrean.com)
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