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She Drives Me Crazy – Kelly Quindlen

Thank you so much to the publishers, Macmillan, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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. 

I’ve had She Drives Me Crazy on my wishlist since its release in the US was announced. You can imagine my excitement when I found out that it was being published in the UK. It was certainly worth the long wait as it was excellent! It is a fun and quick read which is perfect for YA fans!

When Scottie gets in a fender bender after losing her first basketball game post break-up, she is sure it can’t get much worse. That is until she realises the other person in the crash is Irene, her nemesis. Thanks to inferring mothers they end up carpooling whilst Irene’s car gets fixed. Their bumpy starts only gets bumpier. So, when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex, she brides Irene into playing along. What could possibly go wrong?

This book is full of messy and angry characters being given the space to develop in such a natural way. The main character, Scottie, is quite often unlikable, she makes mistakes and hurts people. Luckily she has an amazing support network who bring out the best in her and help her to heal from her toxic relationship. I liked that she is never excused for her behaviour and actually accepts responsibility for it.

Irene is an excellent love interest! She is incredible easy to relate to and I just adored her. She completely dismisses all the typical stereotypes people have for cheerleaders and we see a nuanced character thanks to this. The other secondary characters are all fun to read about and unique. They are all just extremely loveable and wonderful.

I enjoyed reading about Scottie and Irene’s relationship. It may not always be easy but it was lovely to see their relationship develop over time and watch them start to care for each other more and more. This, when tied into the fast-paced story and excellent writing, it makes for a wonderful book that I read in a couple of sittings.

Overall, I would highly recommend She Drives Me Crazy. It is a fun, fast-paced and heart-warming YA book. It has excellent character development whilst exploring the effects of toxic relationships, heartbreak and finding yourself again. I would highly recommend picking this one up!

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