Hot Wheels by Stephanie Campbell
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Length: Short Story (58 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia
Lindy thinks her life is defined by her wheelchair, but one secret admirer sees more—he sees Hot Wheels.
Lindy Harris is a quiet, studious high school student who’s in love with books. When she sees a note written in her favorite poetry book to “Hot Wheels”, she’s in disbelief. That’s when she realizes the book belonged to the sender—Mark Ferry, the student body president. She’s all but convinced when she finds out that he, of all people, wants to go out with her.
Will Lindy’s doubts sabotage her chance at love?
Ms. Campbell has certainly captured the drama filled days of high school in this story. Lindy is a sweet girl trying to cope with the trials and pressures of being a disabled teenager. I think Ms Campbell gives just enough detail concerning the tragedy that cost Lindy the use of her legs while keeping the plot moving at a good pace. Though Lindy and her mother have certainly come to terms with Lindy’s situation, their pain and regret still comes through very clearly in regular conversations as well as their actions.
Lindy is a very easy character to like. She’s smart, sensitive, and has a great appreciation for books. My heart ached when Lindy broke down and cried in the bathroom. I know I certainly had some moments like that when I was going through high school. While Lindy’s problems are very specific to her situation, I think most teenage girls can relate to needing to have a good cry somewhere private. Though Lindy is a little awkward in social situations, I like the fact that she is still open to forming new relationships. Her friendship with Ann is certainly a bright spot in Lindy’s life. Though the girls become friends very quickly, I believe their bond is authentic.
I do wish some of the secondary characters, especially Mark, were a bit more rounded. Mark seems too good to be true. I can certainly understand Lindy’s hesitation to become involved with him because if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Mark’s lack of flaws kept him from truly coming to life in my mind. However, I did find Mark’s nervousness endearing. The moments he blushed as much as Lindy were particularly enjoyable.
I did find the plot of Hot Wheels to be fairly predictable. As soon as certain events were set into motion, I knew almost exactly how things were going to play out. While this meant there was very little surprise regarding the story line, I still enjoyed getting to know Lindy and watching her interact with those around her.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Hot Wheels. It is a fun, fast paced story filled with all the turmoil and excitement of high school life.