Car Trouble, by Jeanne DuPrau
"It's every high schooler's dream: finish up school and immediately peel out of town in your car to head to your new high-paying job somewhere (Anywhere!) else! And Duffy Pringle did it! Straight out of school he's been offered a hot computer job across the country in California. With visions of a great adventure in mind he takes part of his life savings, buys a used car, and drives off . . . only to end up with a broken car. But hope is not lost as Duffy discovers another way to get there - driving a big chrome-edged '57 Chevrolet Bel Air to it's new owner in St. Louis, Missouri. What follows is definitely not the adventure Duffy was looking for!"
"While not exactly The Great American Novel, Car Trouble is entertaining. I found the characters a little two-dimensional at times, and it took the book several chapters before it really got going. Aside from that, it was pretty good! Reviewed by Robbie