Hailed by The Boston Globe as "so poignant and beautifully written, so true and painful, that one can't read it without feeling the knife's cruel blade in the heart," The Car Thief was first published to enormous popularity, and sold over half a million copies. Alex Housman is a kid who at the age of sixteen has had fourteen cars, harbors many hurts, and seems to fade into his environment while raging inside. His father is an alcoholic, losing his grip on life even as he wants the best for his son. The Car Thief explores the love Alex and his father share, in a tremendously poignant story that is filled with unusual triumphs.
Review: Moving and emotionally packed, "The Car Thief"is a coming of age story that grasps you by the heart and takes you on a journey that won't let you go easily: you get to live first hand the emotions that Alex Housman goes trough as a teenager who deals with the struggles of youth and the heartbreak of family issues.
After being caught stealing cars, Alex Housman is sent to a detention home. When released, he's sent to live with his father, a never present alcoholic man, who loves his son, but is unable to express his feelings. As a reflection of this situation, you witness a struggling teenager who dwells in a complex life, going from being an adrenaline junkie who steals by no apparent reason, to a deppressed teenager who feels abandoned.
Weesner's extraordinary sense of life is an exquisite contrast with his simple yet emotional writing, and as a result, "The Car Thief" is a story you don't want to miss.
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