" A 2-star book that I'm giving 3 stars to solely because it's my kind of story. Having written that, I'll now write that the movie tells that story with more grace and style. The Driver here has a bit more backstory--put into foster care after seeing his schizophrenic (assumed) mother knife his thief father to death, he learns to wrench, drive, fight and handle guns before he's 16--but it's a backstory we already wrote for him in our minds whilst watching the movie, so it doesn't much matter. The rest is pretty much what you get from the movie. As an exercise if wasting time, read this book on Friday, watch the movie, read A Very Private Gentlemen on Saturday, watch the movie, and that's it; the exercise is over. "
— Kurt, 2/9/2014