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She Drives Me Crazy // *mind blown*

Oy! Happy Sunday! How has everyone’s weeked been?

This weekend was STACKED entertainment wise. The big one being the Shadow and Bone show release on Friday. I’m currently on episode 7, but hopefully I can watch the last two before the day is over. I just know I’m going to feel so much pain by the end of Nina and Matthias’s story arc and I am not prepared. Like at all.

I also I watched the last episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I thought it was a solid wrap up to the show, but it was shadowed by the unique and character driven story that was Wandavison.

And that’s not even to mention the lovely books I read as well.

Speaking of the books I read this weekend, I have an update for the Duel to the Emotional Death between Everlasting Expectations vs April. April is currently in the lead: 13-4. I feel like this is cause for a celebratory dance as well as a bit of competitive gloating. She Drives Me Crazy was a highly anticipated release and it did not disappoint in the slightest.

Book: She Drives Me Crazy

Author: Kelly Quindlen

Published April 20th 2021 by Roaring Brook Press

Format: ebook

trigger warnings

bullying, homophobia, car accident, past toxic relationship

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy 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 her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance. (from Goodreads)

If I took one thing away from reading Late to the Party, it would be that Quindlen truly writes such heartfelt and authentic stories. I absolutely adore how messy, real, and honest the characters and their relationships are. 

Truly teenage angst at it’s finest. There were so many elements to love, especially when it came to the romance. I mean, She Drives Me Crazy is 110% trope-tastic in every capacity. The rivals-to-lovers turned fake-dating scheme sprinkled with witty banter was everything you could possible ask for.

I especially loved the focus on healthy relationships built on communication, trust, and having tough conversations. It was a rocky road to get there, but by the end Irene and Scottie’s relationship came out even stronger. Props to the art of a well pulled off grand gesture (while acknowledging it isn’t some super-serum-Band-Aid that will magically fix a relationship).

Far too often in young adult fiction does toxic relationships get romanticized. For literature that targets teenagers, portraying and even romanticizing these types of relationships is downright dangerous.  

I really liked the discussion on toxic relationships sparked in She Drives Me Crazy. Both of the main characters, Irene and Scottie, have been in toxic relationships in the past. They both have a lot of emotional trauma that they need to work through as a result, and I’m glad this book gave them the space to do that. 

Both of the main characters undergo some emotional healing throughout the events on the book. I really like the idea that love isn’t some magical concoction that solves it all. The characters took time for themselves to truly do some self reflections, let their past mistakes simmer, and gain closure for the past relationship. 

I honestly could continue raving about this book for the rest of the afternoon, but sadly I have real life responsibilities to attend to so I will be stopping. If you take anything away from this review let it be how genuinely enjoyable this book is. The hilarious family dynamics, the banter, and just the writing in general was everything I could’ve hoped for. The balance between important topics and humor was something that I was not expecting, but 10/10 enjoyed. I loved how flawed and real the characters felt, and how they never shy away from calling each other out.

Y’all I knew this book would slap, but I didn’t realize it would slap so hard. The characters, the in-depth discussion on toxic relationships, the rivals-to-lovers turned fake-dating-scheme romance, the rom-com worthy romantic proclamation reenactments (now, that’s a mouthful), all of it. Wow wow wow. I am seriously and completely dazzled by this book.

Have you read She Drives Me Crazy? What did you think??

18 thoughts on “She Drives Me Crazy // *mind blown*

  1. I have not read She Drives Me Crazy yet, but I’m itching to ahhhhhh
    This review is so good!!
    I agree with you that Kelly Quindlen is amazing at writing authentic, real stories!! The fact that this book also has good family dynamics, gosh, I want to read it so badly!!
    Lol, sorry for raving xD Again, awesome review!

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    1. ITS SO GOOD!!! i hope youll love it when you get to it : ) yes! exactly! i literally do not know how she does it, but she very much captures the essence of teendom and i am here for it!!! ahaha no problemo, we do love a good bookish rave!! happy reading!!!

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  2. sfjdsfksjdfksj ive been wanting to read this so bad, and i’m so happy it lived up to its expectations!! omg – i’m also on episode 7 (because my mum decided to not let me binge more than 4 episode a day smh ://), but i KNOW the nina and matthias storyline will break me haha!! i loved your review 💓💓

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    1. yay! me too! ahhh i started brings watching by myself but then my family said they wanted to watch it with my so we started over ahh. so much for my plans to watch it all friday night, but it’s more fun to watch it with people sooo. oof i hope you’ll be able to see the rest soon! SAME! the actors did such a good job portraying the characters and i will most certainly be crying by the end. thank you so much! i hope you’ll love this one when you do pick it up!!!

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  3. Lovely review April! I’m so glad you enjoyed this!!

    (Also, for a Language Arts project, I get to read a fiction book on a subject, then non-fiction, and I was thinking pirates!! Other than Fable and All the Stars and Teeth, do you have any recs? Non-fiction or fiction?)

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    1. ahh thank you so much! me too!

      haha i really need to make a rec list one of these days because you are not the first person to ask for pirate recs! never fear, I have a list of pirate books in my back pocket for occasions such as these.
      i mean you have your classic pirate books (and by classic i mean wildly popular and shoved down ones throat by the entire book rec community)
      1a. To Kill a Kingdom… my first ever pirate read. little mermaid retelling, morally grey characters, lovely enemies-to-lovers arc, knives. writing reads slightly fanfic(ish) (and by that i mean there are a lot of great tropes commonly seen in fanfic!) but still hugely enjoyable
      1b. all the stars and teeth (duology). royalty, pirates, mermaids, duels, sea monsters. yes yes yes and YES. hands down one of the coolest magic systems ever, princess willing to do anything to protect her kingdom, found family, named weapons. book two will destroy your soul and make you curl up into a ball and stare into nothingness
      1c. obvi fable because it is the best pirate book i’ve read. salty in my nostrils and wind in my hair, give me a sword and i’ll literally do anything to get on that ship. enough said.
      2. scavenge the stars… i finished these a couple days ago and i’m getting minor pirate energy. debts, ships, retelling. 10/10 a vibe. badass female lead, lot’s of scheming, revenge (i believe there is a second books, but I’m yet to read it)
      3. the mermaid, the witch, and the sea… three parts exploring different aspects of magic, mermaids, sapphic romance, ending that leaves room for ~exploration~ (and i’m like 63% sure that there is a second book)
      i’ve also spent far too many hours scouting the deepest depths (ya know, like the ocean is deep… and has depth) (you know what, it’s too late for my brain to be properly functioning so ignore that monstrosity of a sea joke) of the internet so here are more on my tbr but i can not April Certify them because i haven’t read them yet
      song of the current, daughter of the pirate king, the ship beyond time, magonia. also in deeper waters (i’ve read quite a few glowing reccomendations for it, but it’s still sitting on my shelf, wating to be read) so yeah, pirates *said with jazz hands* i hope this was helpful? sort of?? best of luck with your english project. honestly with a topic as fab as pirates i’m sure it will be amazing : )

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      1. That list is so beautiful my heart is as full as my pirate TBR! Thank you so much for all of these recommendations! I am so down for a pirate books rec post!
        This was most helpful! Thank you!!

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    1. yesss we love to hear it!! i didn’t know either when i started!!! i kept hearing sapphic rivals-to-lovers turned fake dating with sports (which, obviously, brilliant) but i had no idea how it dove into toxic relationships as well! it actually ended up being one of my favorite parts!! ahhh do let me know what you think once you finish!! happy reading : )

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