Book Review: Last Ride

Student Book Reviewer: Masoud H. – Grade 8

Last Rideby Laura Langston
Orca Book Publishers, 2011
Pages: 130
Series: Orca Soundings
Genre: Realistic fiction

Summary: In this story we follow a boy named Tom Shields who is 16 years old. He killed his best friend, Logan, in a street-race accident a year ago. As he is trying to make amends to Logan’s girlfriend, Hannah, and keep his promise o never race again, while being haunted by his best friend. Tom plays the game Need For Speed each night to make him feel like he is actually racing. He is also working at garage and his boss, Ray, wants his money back for fixing Tom’s car after his accident. Tom is trying to do everything but racing to pay Ray his money but he isn’t successful and Ray takes his car. He later on finds out that Logan’s sister, Amy, isn’t made at him and he can live his life normally now.

  • Did this book hold your attention?  Yes 
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? This book was kinda of what I expected it to be since he finds out that his friends family didn’t hate him at all. I also expected him to race to get his car back from Ray but Ray still took his car away because he wasn’t able to pay him back in time. 
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: This book is suitable to any audience that would be able to read the book easily. It would be very good because it can show kids the consequences of racing. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I don’t dislike or like this book since it was very easy to read and it didn’t have enough action for me. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example. I would recommend this book to students from grade 5-6 because this book is a very easy read and it would be able to attract their attention more than a teen’s attention. 
  • Is this a stand-alone book, or is it part of a series? This is a stand-alone book because the story starts and ends in this one book. 
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? Yes, it the cover art does match the style of the book inside. Since in the book, Tom’s whole life is wrapped around driving. On the cover it shows the exact same thing.

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