5 out of 5 stars
This is the second story from Quindlen that I’ve read and they were both really good. I found myself liking the “coming of age” stories that each one tells, but I also liked that Quindlen wasn’t scared of bringing in the Rom-Com history into each story. In She Drives Me Crazy, Scottie loves 80s music and is a huge fan of Romantic Comedies like Say Anything and 10 Things I Hate About You. So much so that when things start to spiral, all she can think to do is act out things from these movies, but realizes that won’t help her particular situation.
She Drives Me Crazy was a really cute story about two different people who end up being right for each other. I thought that the way that they kept being brought closer then spinning away ramped up the romantic tension to the right level before the final payoff. And what a final payoff it was. Right out of the Rom-Com’s that I love, the final scenes that happen were so cute and had me smiling ear to ear. That’s also not the first time a book has done that, but it’s so nice when it happens.
I also found it interesting that the story was more about getting back at Scottie’s ex (at least from her point of view) until… things (no spoilers). I think that would be very true for young love like that. I know that when I was younger I was much more vengeful after things didn’t go my way, especially in the love department. So, as always Quindlen nailed that as well.
I thought that Piper Goodeve nailed the narration of She Drives Me Crazy. She was able to become the age-group with her voice without making it sound forced or unnatural. I thought that she really brought a lot to this story and I’m glad that I was able to listen to this one. Goodeve narrated Quindlen’s other YA story, Late to the Party, which I loved, so I’m glad that they were able to work together on this one, too.
After an embarrassing loss to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, Irene Abraham, who is as beautiful as she is mean. When the damage sends Irene’s car to the shop for weeks’ worth of repairs, the girls are forced to carpool for the foreseeable future.
Their rocky start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb their school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along.
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
Narrator: Piper Goodeve
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on April 22nd 2021
Genres: LesFic, LGBTQ+, Romance, RomCom, Sports Romance
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Also by this author: Late to the Party