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Review: Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy

Untitled-2Title: Drive Me Crazy

AuthorTerra Elan McVoy

Genre: MG Contemporary

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 28, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062322435 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062322432 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Buckle up…

Lana and Cassie have met only once before, at the wedding of Lana’s Grandpa Howe and Cassie’s Grandma Tess two months ago. They didn’t exactly hit it off—in fact, depending on who you ask, that first meeting was either an embarrassment or a disaster—but they’re about to spend an entire week together, just the two of them and their honeymooning grandparents, road-tripping in Cassie’s grandmother’s Subaru.

Lana thinks a summer road trip sounds like fun, but the backseat is a crowded place for two tween girls with two huge secrets to hide, and this bumpy road to friendship is full of unexpected twists and turns. Like it or not, they’re in this together, full speed ahead on the adventure of a lifetime.

Quick & Dirty: A trip across country, filled with adventure, family, friendship and coming to terms with yourself and life.

Opening Sentence: “Wonderful is the only word to I can use to describe it.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This story is told in alternating chapters from Lana and Cassie’s viewpoints. It starts off in Lana’s viewpoint and immediately we get how excited she is to be on the trip with her grandparents, and for chance to really become friends with Cassie. Despite Lana’s worries about her mom she is sure this going to be the best trip of her life. Lana’s mother is sick, but no one is sure how bad. Just as quick when I first read the chapter by Cassie it becomes clear how different the girls are on just about everything. Cassie has recently fallen out with her best friend and fallen in with the popular girls. Cassie and Lana don’t agree on anything but despite that they always seem to find some way to connect.

One of those most interesting things about this book and part of why I loved it is the struggle Cassie goes through in this book. She has taken on the persona of a kind of shallow selfish girl to be like the new friends she has just made, but it isn’t long before we find that she is constantly questioning herself and her choices. I think that we all go through that, not necessarily the same way, but I feel that is a normal struggle in high school. Are our friends really “friends”, who do we want to be, how we treat others, and the people we are drawn too. Lana really helps Cassie on this journey a lot of times simply by just being herself. Now Lana was hands down my favorite, she is a person who chooses to focus on joy, on being real and trying to have as much fun as she can. Her story is really poignant as well, Lana knows her parents sent her on this trip because her mom is sick and they are trying to figure it all out and not worry her while they do it.

Lana doesn’t tell Cassie what is going on, initially I think because she doesn’t want anyone’s pity and she would rather focus on making the trip special instead of adding sadness too it. After that I think she wants to but through a bunch of wasted chances really doesn’t get too. Cassie does find out about it and gets really hurt, which leads to a big misunderstanding between them. However, that misunderstanding leads Cassie to truly figure out who she is and the kind of person she wants to be. This is a beautiful story about friendship and family. I can’t do this review without saying that I seriously want to go to the End of the Road myself, it just sounded so magical. It’s a place that Lana’s parents have been and her Grandpa Howe has been there as well with his first wife. Lana and Cassie are traveling with Lana’s natural grandpa and Cassie’s grandmother who are newly married to each other.

I also have to rave just a bit about Grandpa Howe, and Grandma Tess, seriously they rock. They are so outgoing, understanding and frankly very cool in my eyes. I mean they are on their honeymoon and taking their granddaughters along with them, for a couple of reasons I think they fully intended for Cassie and Lana to bond on the trip, but it is also an opportunity for all of them to get to know each other and really blend the family. It’s really a unique look at blended families from a viewpoint we don’t get to see that often. Sigh, I won’t lie, this book was pretty great; I was hooked from the start, loved the adventures, both the girls and even cried a little.

Notable Scene:

“Her friends at home, they aren’t as understanding as we are.”

“I eke out a small smile, but no amount of dessert tomorrow, or the rest of this trip, will sweeten the bitter fear inside me.”

“We both know without saying that mom could use a little magic.”

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FTC AdvisoryKatherine Tegen Books/HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Drive Me Crazy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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