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Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy


Book Summary

Lana is an earnest, trying-hard kind of person, while Cassie is glued to her phone and ruled by what the popular girl in her school thinks, from clothes to friends to boys. Cassie's grandmother has recently married Lana's grandfather, and while Lana is excited to get to know Cassie better, Cassie can't get the trip over fast enough.

Book Review

Lana and Cassie both suffer from being reasonably stereotypical, in order to set their alternating chapter viewpoints more clearly at odds from each other. Cassie is difficult to like, and Lana is not as realistic in her early chapters as she is in her later chapters - at first, even Lana's chapters seem as if we are seeing Lana from Cassie's - or some other fairly disapproving - point of view.

I really like the idea of having inter-generational relationships depicted with the grandparent road trip, but this is definitely a bit of escapism - they have all the money they need to do whatever they feel like doing in a given moment. Their moments of fun are generally forced, without much genuine humor for the reader.

The thing that saves this book for its intended audience is that it isn't terribly unique or strange - no magic powers or unbelievable talents (except for the luxury of funds and time), so readers who are lonely or struggling with their own friend drama might find it very comforting to see that people can survive fights and bad relationship choices. A middle class American journey through middle school troubles and family concerns is a relatable mix for many readers who wish they were understood and hope to find themselves in their stories.

Drive Me Crazy book cover
Drive Me Crazy

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Family Relationships (grandparents, cousins)
  • Popularity; Making Decisions Based on the Popular Person's Opinions
  • Worrying About Family Members
  • Learning How to Communicate with People Who Have Different Personality Types

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