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She Drives Me Crazy Hardcover – April 20 2021
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“A little sweet, a little sharp.” ―Booklist, starred review
High school nemeses fall in love in Kelly Quindlen's She Drives Me Crazy, a queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuiston.
After an embarrassing loss to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, seventeen-year-old Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, Irene Abraham, head cheerleader for the Fighting Reindeer.
Irene is as mean as she is beautiful, so Scottie makes a point to keep her distance. When the accident sends Irene’s car to the shop for weeks’ worth of repairs and the girls are forced to carpool, their rocky start only gets bumpier.
But when an opportunity arises for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex―and climb her school’s social ladder―she bribes Irene into an elaborate fake- dating scheme that threatens to reveal some very real feelings.
From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli.
*"A little sweet, a little sharp, this romance will resonate with readers looking for an emotional journey."―Booklist, starred review
"A cast of characters you'll fall in love with and a love story you'll be obsessed with―She Drives Me Crazy is one of my favorite rom-coms of the year. Trust me when I say you need this book." ―Leah Johnson, author of You Should See Me in a Crown
"Hilarious and full of heart, with a sizzling romance. SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY nails both the hate to love and fake dating tropes with expert execution. I want to live in this town and be friends with these characters so badly, and I'm deeply sad that I can't."
―Rachael Allen, author of A Taxonomy of Love and The Summer of Impossibilities
"She Drives Me Crazy is the perfect romcom. It’s the kind of romance that is sizzling with chemistry, but still manages to be utterly earnest and heartfelt. A must-read for every romcom fan.” ―Adiba Jaigirdar, author of The Henna Wars
"Things are never easy when love is involved, and Quindlen (Late to the Party) offers a queer refresh of multiple romance genre standbys: enemies to friends (Irene once had Scottie’s car towed), fake dating, sports romance, and surmounting a broken heart. Add in a supportive family whose members actually like each other, and the result is a satisfyingly feminist rom-com mash-up."―Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR LATE TO THE PARTY:
"An absolutely stunning, but also incredibly important novel about best friends and discovering who you are." ―Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best
“Perfectly captures the joys and hopes and thrills of being a real, authentic teenager . . . A fantastic read for queer teens today.” ―Kacen Callender, Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
“Late to the Party is right on time to being your favorite read. I didn’t want my time with Quindlen’s characters to end.” ―Sara Farizan, Lambda Award–winning author of If You Could Be Mine
"Kelly Quindlen has written a slow-burning, exquisite book well-worth savoring." ―Aminah Mae Safi, author of Tell Me How You Really Feel
"A deeply heartfelt and emotionally honest celebration of late bloomers, queer solidarity, and friendships both old and new. This book has a permanent place in my heart." ―Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights.
"A love letter to late bloomers, Late to the Party combines teenage angst with first loves and second chances and emphasises that true friends will always be there for you even as you discover new parts of yourself." ― The Nerd Daily
"Heartfelt and fun, Quindlen’s latest (Her Name in the Sky, 2014) brings together all the angst, excitement, and uncertainty of the teenage years in an LGBTQ+ friendly package. Fans of Becky Albertalli are sure to love this sometimes painfully relatable heroine and her journey of self discovery. Codi Teller may be late to the party, but readers will be happy she showed up." ― Booklist
"Recommended for LGBTQ teens."―School Library Journal
"Quindlen (Her Name in the Sky) deftly conveys both the awkwardness of outgrowing an old life without having a clue how to move toward a new one. ―Publisher Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Roaring Brook Press (April 20 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250209153
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250209153
- Item weight : 386 g
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.3 x 21.72 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #246,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have to say I wasn't a fan of Scootie before her "came to Jesus" moments -she seems so focused on her trobles and emotion she disregarded anyone else. The one thing that bothered me is that she kinda had a hand in Irene coming out to the school and that should be something the individual is completely ready for.
I liked Irene she seemed genuinely an honest and sweet person. she was hurt and was trying to protect herself
anyhow I loved the drama and the journey both these girls went through - they both grew so much with this lie they created.
A classic enemy to lover/fake dating troop. I could see this as a movie that I would watch.
I am happy that it all worked out and I enjoyed reading this book
She Drives Me Crazy is about Scottie, high school basketball player, who has recently broken up with her ex girlfriend, Tally. She is not over Tally, not by a long shot. When Scottie accidentally hits head cheerleader (and school queen bee) Irene's car in the parking lot, they are forced to carpool for a little while where they found out they might have a lot more in common than they think, and cook up a fake dating scheme to make ex girlfriend Tally jealous.
This book was sweet, it was a little spicy, it was soft and lovely... It was so many things. I loved that throughout the book the scheme became unsettling to both of them for a myriad of reasons, and that instead of assuming the worst, they talked about it.
So much communication. It was beautiful.
Discussion of grief in relationships. Discussion of being a whole person before you enter a relationship because your partner isn't going to complete you. Discussion of loving yourself.
(Scottie needs therapy, but really who doesn't)
This was a nice, sweet book that would make a great movie, if I'm being honest.