TITLE: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release Date: April 20th, 2021 by Roaring Brook Press
Format: audiobook & kindle edition (7 hrs and 4 mins; 298 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Lesbian Romance, Sports Romance
Narrator: Piper Goodeve
Blurb: 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.
I Loved this book. Loved it! I just saw this audiobook at Hoopla and I wasn’t going to read it because I didn’t care for the cover but I’m so glad that I wanted to read a f-f or I would have missed out on this gem.
Scottie was a high basketball player nursing a broken heart. She ends up in a fender bender with classmate and her nemesis Irene, a cheerleader who was responsible for one of her most embarrassing moments in her high school life. When their parents assume they are friends, Irene and Scottie are forced to ride together to continue the charade. It begins a slow thaw towards a friendship and also fake relationship that allows Scottie and Irene to help each other grow and get right socially.
This book was so high school but I could relate to their family’s dynamics too because their supporting cast really played a role in their individual development. There was a realness to this story and I found myself completely invested in their success as well as happiness.
This is a new author to me but I thought her storytelling was amazing. The narration was spot on and I finished this book in one day. This book was a lgbt romance but the journey was about self development and feeling of self worth. The friends had their back and made the characters more layered. I found the pace just right and impactful. It was just so good and a great read in a time where I’m having a hard time enjoying books.
I can’t wait to see other works by this author. This is definitely a book I’ll read again.