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Drive By written by Jim Carrington

 

Drive By is a gripping tale for young adults about a prank  that goes horribly wrong!

Thinking of getting away with murder? Think again……

Jim Carrington has a sure touch when it comes to young adult fiction and his   latest novel, Drive By, is another realistic, gripping tale about   teenagers in trouble.

Bullying was the subject of his excellent first novel, Inside   My Head. In Drive By, a schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong   and the story brings into sharp focus a key issue for any emerging adult:   how and when do you take responsibility for your actions.

On one hot summer’s day, a group of friends, including the central character   Johnny, spot a sour old woman who has previously destroyed their football (“that   witch has knifed the ball”) after it flew into her garden. They exact   revenge in a drive-by shooting – with water pistols, this is Raynes Park not   South Central LA – shocking and drenching her as she sits in the passenger   seat of her husband’s car.

The unintended consequences are tragic because the woman suffers a heart   attack and ultimately dies. Johnny, alone among the group, is tormented by what has happened. He suffers nightmares and is plagued by what he believes  to be ghostly visitations.

Review by , Digital Culture Editor, The Telegraph

June 7, 2012 Posted by | Boys' read | | Leave a comment