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By Kate Stewart

I am a reader who is constantly chasing the books that will consume my thoughts, make my heart flutter and ache, and make me feel every emotion right in the pit of my stomach.  I want to become so invested in the characters and the story that the book can’t be pried out of my fingers.  Drive was that book. 

I wanted a book that was going to put my heart through the wringer, and that’s exactly what I got.  It hooked me right from the first page and kept me a willing passenger on Stella’s journey.  I adored Stella.  Drive is told solely from Stella’s perspective, and I couldn’t have been happier.  I felt as though I was right beside her, feeling the highs and lows, the hopes and dreams, the triumphs and pitfalls, and falling in love right along with her.  She was strong, fiery, opinionated, optimistic, caring, and spoke her mind.  She knew what she wanted out of life, and she wasn’t afraid to go after her goals.  I loved her tenacity.  Stella was nothing if not a passionate young woman.  When she fell in love, she fell hard, fast, and with everything she had.  Boy, did she ever!

Drive is tumultuous, honest, raw, and filled to the brim with angst.  It was my reading nirvana.  I don’t shy away from the books that put my heart on the line.  I want to feel the happy times as well as the painful times.  In my opinion, it’s what makes for a realistic reading experience.  Drive was original, genuine, and so addictive.

The story unfolded in the best way.  It kept me on pins and needles as I reminisced with Stella and her memories.  I was completely committed to the journey, but knew that with every road taken or every choice made, it had the potential to break my heart.  But I was all in.  I never really suspected what the outcome would be, I just immersed myself in the story, took a few deep, calming breaths, and allowed the author’s words to move me.

Music played a large part in this book.  Each chapter is a song title.  Not only was Stella a big fan of music, she wanted to be a music journalist.  Music was always in the background of her life.  I think we can probably all relate.  There are always those songs that bring us back to a happy or painful time.  We all react to the songs that have played along with the good and bad times in our own lives.  Certain songs will always be associated with certain people, places, and experiences.

“But music was loyal and stayed with me, my constant, my comfort, and, at times, my enabler.”

This is one of the best love triangles that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.  It was overflowing with every feeling and emotion that I crave when I’m reading.  But not only is it an angst lover’s dream come true, it is also filled with humor, chemistry, and tension galore.  Trust me, read this book, it will leave you feeling…everything.

*5 Stars