Drive by Kate Stewart
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 13th, 2017
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First of all I want to say thank you to my friend Shanna for reading this with me. When I started this book, I knew I couldn’t read it alone. So I put it down and asked her to read it with me. She came back with, ‘OK. Just bought it.’ Solidifying her spot in my top five friends ever list! (Just kidding – I don’t have one of those. But I do love her to pieces.) OK – enough with the intro. Fair warning – this is going to be a gushy review, guys, because I loved this book from the very beginning; it kept me in its thrall until the very end. Every once in a while a book comes along, and it’s like your soul has been waiting for it. That’s what Drive felt like to me – it was kismet for this book and I to meet. This story was so beautifully written, so wholly capturing that I lived and breathed it while was reading it. I feel like Stella is a heroine that could have gone either way for me, and I’m not convinced that just anyone could have created this character and made me love her. That’s just the way it is for me and love triangles, but this was, by leaps and bounds, the best love triangle I’ve ever read. Stella never led anyone on, and no one was harder on her than she was on herself. I also loved that she was flawed. Stella always was honest with herself, at least she endeavored to be, but in hindsight, she realized she wasn’t. She may have been living in denial, but at least she was living.
This book was full of wonderfully fleshed out secondary characters. From Lexi and Ben (I want more of them,) the spitfire best friend and one of Stella’s fella’s bandmates, to Stella’s raucous family who adore each other. This book was full of great relationships, and some hard paths we sometimes find ourselves on with family. I loved how Lexi was always honest with Stella but supported her no matter what.
If you’re someone who is vehemently opposed to love triangles, I would challenge you to read this book. This isn’t like any other love triangle I’ve read. There is no clear cut ‘oh, she should be with him’ here. Not for me, anyway. I was flip-flopping so hard. The first half of the chapter, I wanted her with one of these men, and the next half, I wanted her with the other. The push and pull inside of Stella was so real and raw. So many times I wanted to flip to the end of the book just to know who Stella ended up with just to prepare my heart (cheesy, I know, but true,) but I also wanted to be caught off guard, so I held myself in check. In the end, for me, there really was no other way for this story to end. And I feel like Drive really highlights the fact that a twist of fate can decide the rest of our lives.
I could go on and on, but like I said earlier, it’s all gushing. Suffice it to say that Drive catapulted Kate Stewart to the top of my autobuy list, and I can’t wait to see what else she has up her writer’s sleeve.
Audiobook: I did flip back and forth between print and audio for this one, and the narration was amazing. She captured Stella and her emotions so perfectly that I don’t know how I’ll be able to see her as anyone else now, but I’ll try!
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