I read this book about 20-Jul-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1974. This note was last modified Saturday, 29-Jul-2006 09:01:41 PDT.
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Yet another different formula. This time the kid grew up in a racing family, and went to an engineering school up north. This time there's an important girl again. And she's an engineer. And so far at least, they haven't had a fight about it (I'm admittedly very early in the book). She's the first female student to run a project in the engineering department there. And the project is a fuel-efficient hybrid car; just like you can buy from Honda or Toyota these days.
I actually found this the least good of them. Yes, they complete the project, yes, they win the race, yes, he gets the girl. A bit too predictable, and a bit too tied up with adolescent sexual angst. And he seems like too smart a guy for that. And so far as I can tell his entire attraction to the girl is based on her appearance, and he gives no signs of coming to appreciate her engineering competence as the book progresses.