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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Delsen for felxen us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Hot Rod by Henry Gregor Felsen. These words were splashed across the cover of Hot Rod, warning readers. Written inthis book gives an historical look at the dangers of teens and reckless driving. After WWII, cars became more accessible, and teens were now hitting the roads for excitement.

Feleen horrific accidents occurred all over the country. Felsen was specifically approached Speed! Felsen was specifically approached to write a book about the dangers of teen drivers.

Bud Crayne was the typical tough guy with a chip on his shoulder. Dressed in a black leather jacket, black boots, and blue jeans, grfgor was not the clean cut kid. Adults cursed him, while teens admired him. He drove fast and wild. His idea was to “drive your way out” of any trouble. While it worked for Bud, others weren’t as fortunate.

A couple of horrific wrecks make him question his need for speed.

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Stephen King, when interviewed for an article called Reading While Famous, named Felsen as one of four authors who most influenced him when he was young. Paperbackpages. Published by Bantam first published June To see grrgor your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Nov henty, Tim rated it really liked it. My brother introduced this book to me in High School. I enjoyed it then and reread it about 20 years ago and enjoyed it then, but it did not have the impact on me then that it did when I was a high school student.

I loved cars and working on cars then, and just like the main felseen I went on to study engineering in college because of this book. If I had it to do over again I think I would study business and open an auto repair business: Great book that captures an era of Americana that is o My brother introduced this book to me in High School.

Great book that captures an era of Americana that is only yregor captured in movies such as American Graffiti.

I would recommend this book to any high school age young man that has an interest in cars, going fast, driving well and enjoys to read. It is an easy read and will capture their interest. Aug 11, Robert rated it really liked it.

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I read most of the car books that Felsen wrote when I was in junior high back in the ’60s. I can only vaguely remember them these days but Fesen know I enjoyed them and that was a good age to read them. They were simple stories of guys with their first cars but did grfgor good lessons on life and such as simple as they were. I would recommend them to boys in the junior high age frame.

Aug 03, Itbarthur4u rated it really liked it. My thoughts on this book are influenced by the fact that I read it at age 15 about 40 years ago. I was living in a small rural community and really looking forward to getting my learners permit. Back then at that age it seemed like a great read. I even picked up a few driving techniques.

Reading it today would be a much different experience. Driving and cars are much more complicated. Apr 10, Henry Le Nav rated it it was amazing. I probably read this 3 or 4 times back in the early 60’s when I was in junior high school. It seemed like high felen and romance.

My stars are based on my memory of it, I doubt reading it today would yield more than 3 stars. Well to be honest, Fwlsen doubt I could be bothered with it today. View all 7 comments. Hot Rod is what made me want to be a writer. I’m not the only one. Stephen King, among others, has also cited the book and it’s author Henry Gregor Felsen a major youth inspiration.

Though I’d forgotten most of the story except the Signal 30 ending I’ve thought of the book fondly for decades. I suppose today some do-good parents group would demand its withdrawal from the library due to violent content. When the 60th aniversary edition was published with an intro by Felsen’s daugh Hot Rod is what made me want to be a writer.

When the 60th aniversary edition was published with an intro by Felsen’s daughter Holly FelsenWelch, I knew I had to get it. Holly really puts it together with her dad’s bio, and family pictures.

Felsen is the only writer I ever heard of who gregir an office downtown where he wrote everyday I first read Hot Rod when I was in 7th grade. That sent me on a marathon of reading car books and Hot Rod Magazine,which for some reason was in my grade school library. I developed an ambition to be a race car driver, hejry a mechanic would do, but girls weren’t allowed to be mechanics or drivers. How I loved Bud Crayne.

I was Bud Crayne. Reading through the adult lens, I really identify with him in ways I never thought about then. His car became his family.

The whole orphan reconstruction thing is quite good. The run to Trendon is breathtaking and riveting. OK, maybe this isn’t the kind of book an adult should read for the first time, but it certainly resonated with me then and pretty much now. It also reminds me of why I hated high school. I admit I got a cheap thrill out of LaVerne’s bad end. Her name itself just reeks of bad endsServed her right. The extended lecture on drivers’ ed at the end is a bit much; ponderous, it drags down the narrative, but the rest of the story makes up for it.

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Do kids get hung up like cars today? I supposed if Bud were a kid today, he’d be a geek. I’m going to give this a 5 star rating. It’s a good story ,but more importantly, Felsen and the book have been so instrumental to writers of my generation Holly is to be congratulated for bringing it back.

Hope she gets more reprinted.

Feb 16, Doug Haynes rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is horrible, but at the same frlsen oh so good. It’s a strange combination of exploitation style pulp, morality plays and ‘Blood on the Windshield’ style drivers education films.

The story itself and the writing is average or below formula pulp relying heavily on pop-culture and current slang in a sad attempt to felseb it relevant but the humor is greatly compounded if one realizes that vregor of the ‘technical’ info regarding the actual mechanics of autos is complete gibberish and from time This book is horrible, but at the same time oh so good.

The story itself and the writing is average or below formula pulp relying heavily on pop-culture and current slang in a sad attempt to make it relevant but the humor is greatly compounded if one realizes that much of the fdlsen info regarding the actual mechanics of autos is complete gibberish and from time to time the slang is used incorrectly. Right from the start it becomes obvious this is a jenry with a moral regarding driving. After pages and pages of close calls, hejry and teacher intervention we get to the highlight, for me, of the book.

A two page description of the aftermath of a grizzly wreck that is so gory and incongruent with the rest of the book that any impact it may have had is lost. I think this book is a quick and enjoyable read for anyone with a love of old pulp, old hot-rod culture and the s gregir general. I have noticed that the author seems to have written a long series of books that all look to be some form of morality play As a teenage boy in the s, I was for a period of time addicted to the books of Henry Gregor Felson.

Even then, I found the writing to be simplistic, cliche-ridden and not at all challenging. Even so, these tales of adolescent acting out, speed, and cars from the age of Blackboard Jungle, James Dean and Bye, Bye Birdie remain an important component in modern culture for me. Feb 02, Whitebeard Books rated it it was amazing. This incredibly entertaining book was the first I ever read cover ggegor cover in my reading career. I was in second grade and just could not put it down.

I don’t know for sure what made me remember it now, but just HAD to read it again.