Drive by Kate Stewart
Good God where do I start?! I loved this book sooooo much.
I read it by the pool, and as I looked left and right I was gobsmacked to see that people were reading other books. What was wrong with these people? It was as if life was going on outside of this book. How was this possible?!
‘Drive’ is the story of Stella’s journey. After a bit of unexpected news she gets in her car and drives. But that’s not really the journey she takes the reader on. It’s the exploration of how she moves from young adulthood into womanhood and the people who make that journey with her. It’s their journey too.
This is the past told purely from Stella’s perspective, looking at the choices she made, the good, the bad and the really ugly. It’s about how life happens to you, how you can’t control so much and sometimes no matter what, destiny is out to get you. Or is it?
It reminded me of the John Lennon quote: “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.
It’s kind of appropriate to make a music quote, as music is the backdrop to Stella’s life. Ms Stewart totally nails the playlist.
‘Drive’ messed with my emotions. Even writing this review has me in tears. He was far from a rockstar but I had my own Reid, and Ms Stewart’s writing twisted my heart and stomach as I fought to focus on Stella and not wallow in my own history.
As you travel back through Stella’s past you not only question her choices but you’ll find your past seeping into your conscience. What could or should you have done differently?!
An emotional, challenging and intriguing read. Bravo Ms Stewart!