Speed of Life

Speed of Life

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Twins Crystal and Amber have the same goal: to be the first in their family to graduate high school and make something of their lives. When one gets pregnant during their junior year, they promise to raise the baby together. It's not easy, but between their after-school jobs, they're scraping by.
Crystal's grades catch the attention of the new guidance counselor, who tells her about a college that offers a degree in automotive restoration, perfect for the car buff she is. When she secretly applies--and gets in--new opportunities threaten their once-certain plans, and Crystal must make a choice: follow her dreams or stay behind and honor the promise she made to her sister.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544747821
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Kelly
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 22 cm

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The book “Speed of Life” was a well thought-out book with a storyline that kept me captivated the entire time I was reading. The story follows twin sisters Crystal and Amber and their struggles in life coming from a bad home with uninvolved parents, at the end of their senior year in High School. Both girls have very different dreams in life, Amber dreams of one day owning her Aunt’s diner while Crystal dreams of working at the car shop, fixing cars for a living. When Crystal learns about a college in California that specializes in car restoration, her real dream, it becomes her new dream path in life. Unfortunately this dream conflicts with her and Amber’s long-standing plans of moving out together after high school and living their small town lives, raising Natalie, one of the twin’s daughters as a duo.
In the book I was a little disappointed with the character David and his use in the book, although he was useful to the growth of Crystal as a person, helping her apply to college and achieve her dreams, I found that he was lacking a strong personality and distinct presence. The personalities of Crystal and Amber were enjoyable and complemented each other in a way that because they were so contrasting together they made a whole person. As a pair they could accomplish anything, school, their parents and their jobs, all while raising Natalie as teenagers.
The author’s writing made it so that I could clearly and easily picture the settings around the characters, from the twins’ house to their respective work places and school. I got a good sense of the area they lived which made the book come to life more knowing I could picture the places the characters were living.
The conflict between the sister, Amber and Crystal were everyday realistic problems that many siblings would face together, this created an easy connection to the characters and their experiences. Overall this book was an amazing read with plot twists that you didn’t expect and storyline that kept you hooked. I would recommend this book to readers, mainly girls 13 and up.
(Reviewed by Natasha for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject)

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