Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Patrick Jones
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Kekoa Pahinui already felt like an outcast, but it really hit home when his mom left him behind at Hilo International. He now lives with his dad’s mom until he graduates. Kekoa is a passionate and talented half-black, half-Hawaiian drifter who works on his own car and takes good care of it. However, he has to deal with a bully named Billy Cain and Billy's friends Tucker and Ryan. They bully Kekoa and his friends, and even cut off one boy's hair. Because Billy is a rich, spoiled kid who's dad owns half of the land, he gets anything he wants. But one day Kekoa meets Sonny and they became a team. They build up their Nissan Skyline and race Billy to prove who is king of the mountain.
This book is a fast paced, dramatic, high-interest story about drifting young readers will love. The characters are like typical teenage boys and are very relatable. They all have a unique personality that sets them apart from each other, but are very real to the reader and very much like people in real life. Turbocharged: Drift - Nissan Skyline definitely can suit anyone with its rivalries, action, and a lot of skilled drifting. Boys especially, or any car or drift enthusiast, will not be able to put this down. It's high action, intense and is also a heartwarming story of talent. Heart and skill versus money and egotism.