“Before you can worry about who’s in your passenger seat, you have to learn to drive yourself.”
She Drives Me Crazy is a tropey sapphic YA contemporary guaranteed to give you a good time.
"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."
This book is c h e e s y, but in the good, heartwarming kind of way. I’m not sure I ever predicted the day we’d get a sapphic YA sports rom-com about a girls’ basketball player and an Indian-American cheerleading captain entering an enemies-to-lovers fake-dating scheme, but I love it so much and need a film adaptation immediately. Even though it’s about two athletes and has several scenes involving basketball, I wasn’t lost at all. Scottie and Irene both have intense, toxic relationships in their recent past which is a great juxtaposition against their relationship together. Scottie messes up quite a bit along the way, but Irene is so understanding and supportive of what she needs. Actually, a lot of the characters in this book are surprisingly emotional mature for being about high school students (no shade, but I’m definitely still learning at almost 24). It’s also great watching Scottie go through this period of growth, like when she’s able to step back and think about what Irene needs from a romantic gesture rather than what she wants to get out of it herself. The whole cast of main characters are so good, I love Scottie and her family and Irene and her family, plus Danielle/Kevin/Gunther/Honey-Belle. I’m so here for portrayals of teenagers acting in healthy ways about their relationships, even if they mess up along the way. Irene and Scottie were both complex and nuanced characters with their own personalities, and I do feel like Quindlen did a great job at respectfully creating an Indian-American character. Overall, She Drives Me Crazy is cute, funny, and full of good banter.
Thank you to Roaring Brook Press and NetGalley for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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