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Speed Freak by Fleur Beale

September 3, 2013

speed freakSpeed Freak by Fleur Beale. Pub.Random House, 2013.

I was glad when I saw this novel was for petrol heads and motor racing fans because for so often they struggle to find novels to read. This is Fleur Beale’s third novel about cars and racing after Slide the Corner and Dirt Bomb.

This novel is pitched at High school level as it is about 15 year old Archie Taylor and his pursuit of a Karting title and a sponsorship that will take him to the World Karting Champs in Portugal.

Archie has a good head on his shoulders and a determination to win but not at all costs. He is fair and knows he will struggle to win both Title and sponsorship because his rival Craig has money behind him and an ego to match. Archie has a new family situation to deal with as his father has set up a new relationship with doctor Erica and he shy son Felix.

Motor racing broke up his parents relationship and he fears history will repeat itself as Erica is dead against motor racing.

As the competition and drama hots up on and off the track and the wild girl driver Silver puts some menace on the track, Archie has to reassess his tactics and priorities.

Solid novel from Fleur Beale but then you expect that.

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