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
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??