on October 17, 2017
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Music . . . the heart’s greatest librarian.
The average song is three and a half minutes long; those three and a half minutes could lead to a slow blink, a glimpse of the past, or catapult the soul into heart-shattering nostalgia.
At the height of my career, I had the life I wanted, the life I’d always envisioned. I’d found my tempo, my rhythm. Then I received a phone call that left me off key.
You see, my favorite songs had a way of playing simultaneously. I was in love with one man’s beats and another’s lyrics. But when it came to the soundtrack of a life, how could anyone choose a favorite song? So, to erase any doubt, I ditched my first-class ticket and decided to take a drive, fixed on the rearview.
And the long road home to the man who was waiting for me.
“He was my song, my soul, my everything, and his love had propelled me forward into the woman I wanted to be. And that woman would burn out with the man who was made to keep her warm.”
You know how you sometimes wish you could unread a book so you could read it over and over again for the first time? This is exactly how I feel about Drive. Wow, what a book, what an amazing ride! This is without a doubt, a book that will stay with me for a while, definitely a favorite that I need to have in my signed shelf like yesterday. I will probably ramble a lot, and I will probably make zero sense, but I loved this book. It held me hostage and still hasn’t let me go, it’s just like a favorite song…just like a favorite song.
“Love doesn’t die, even when you stop feeding it. There is no expiration date on the ache of missing someone you shared your heart, life, and body with.”
Ahhh this book, this book, this book. I can’t even. This was so cleverly written, so well thought-out. I guarantee you will be hooked, and my lord it will keep you guessing until the end. When I read the blurb for this book, I knew I had to have it, I just knew it. If there’s anything that I love more than books, that would be music. Music is just everything, lyrics are my favorite form of poetry, ever since I was a little kid. I grew up around music, it was so important in our house. My brother is in fact a professional musician. Just like the cover says “Music is the heart’s greatest librarian”. Any way, back to the book. This freaking book is interactive! Can you believe that? The first pages have a link to the Drive playlist on Spotify, but not only that, every chapter heading is clickable with a link to the song so you can actually listen while you read! Which is exactly what I did…
“It was always the music that hurt me most. It did the most damage. For every single day of my life, I had a song to coincide with it. Some days were repeats. Some days I woke up to the lyrics circling my head. The lyrics sometimes set the tone for my day, and as a slave, I followed. But some songs were like a sharp fingernail poking into open-wounded thoughts. Because music is the heart’s greatest librarian. A few notes had the ability to transport me back in time, and to the most painful places. Take any song from the Rolodex of your life and you can pin it to a memory. It translates, resonates, and there it will remain. And no matter how many of those Rolodex cards you want to rip out and burn like an old phone number to make room for new ones, those songs remain and threaten to repeat.”
That completely describes how I feel to a T. And that’s exactly how Stella, our main character lived her life. Let me tell you, I loved Stella! She was crazy, she was all over the place, she was so me it was scary. She had drive, ambition, a huge heart and she was ruled by emotion, always.
“No, closure was an excuse for some, a scapegoat for others. But, that myth didn’t do anything but temporarily stifle the ache of missing someone. And after that phone call, that text, that brief meeting, that moment in time where it was assumed you could move on, realization strikes that all it really did was reset the timer on the heartbreak.”
So, I kinda want to give you an idea of what this book is about, just cause I feel like I have to, but I don’t want to give you too much so I can spoil it. I’m going to sound like a broken record, but in my opinion, the less you know, the better.
“In love with two worthy kings, and I was queen of the damned.”
First and foremost, this is Stella’s story, not anyone else’s. It’s her story, her journey and her final destination. When we meet Stella, she’s on top of the world, she landed an interview with the biggest guy in music and her interview has gone viral. She’s happy and she got everything she ever wanted. Immediately after Stella receives a phone call that rattles her. She then decides to drive hone (instead of flying) and play the soundtrack of her life. The book then switches to past and mostly follows the same timeline until the end. It’s definitely not confusing, and super cleverly written.
“Love and rock ‘n’ roll love stories aren’t for the faint of heart.”
They definitely are, and this is definitely a rock n roll love story. It’s sooo angsty and I loved every second of it. The angst it’s just off the charts. It’s messy, complicated and raw. We go back in time to see how Stella got where she is now. I guess you could say, this is a love triangle of some sorts. She has 2 great loves through this journey, at different points in her life. Two very different but equally amazing guys. One she’s driving home to, the other central to the news she received, which makes this even more intriguing. And let me tell you, I loved both Reid and Nate. They were both amazing characters, both loved her so much, both she loved so much.
“That smile said it all. Music was where Reid Crowne’s happiness lay, and that smile told me he had already found his something to look forward to.”
“I caught myself staring at Nate, who stood stoically, waiting for what I said next, and in his eyes nothing was more important than hearing my story. He was exploring and I was the destination. There were no mixed signals, nothing to second guess.”
“You wonder what it would be like if we were together, if we had gone further. You still want the fairytale, but it’s mine to give you, and I can’t give it to you if you’re with the wrong fucking prince.”
The story is told so seamlessly that it feels like you’re experiencing these things just as Stella. And getting to experience Stella’s transformation from wild child to mature woman was simply a treat. I loved that as Stella is looking back at her life, through this drive home, she’s completely happy with the decisions she’s made. She understand that these 2 loves are an integral part of her story but that she did make the right decision in the end. Or rather that things just happened the way they were supposed to, she is with who she’s meant to be with, there’s no second bests, no consolation prizes. Was I torn between the two men through the book? Absolutely, it’s a testament to the amazing writing. Was I super happy with how it ended? 100% happy!
“That’s the thing about intimacy and truly knowing the person you’re with. They always know when something’s off, no matter how casually you try to sweep your unease away. They know. It’s their job, because in the song of your life, they are the ones listening. It’s when they stop that you need to worry. He’d listened to mine. He knew when a beat was missing, or a note was forgotten. He’d memorized my song, and I was his favorite.”
I think at this point I’m way past rambling so I’ll wrap it up. This book was amazing, everything I expected and more. A music lover’s dream and an angst lover’s dream, so what more can a girl want. I have so many highlights I can’t share because they’re kind spoilery and what fun would it be if I spoil the story for you. This is one you need to experience for yourself so JUST READ IT! I have to say that it starts a little slow, but once it picks up, it will hook you. I definitely need to check out more books by this author. This one left me wanting more and I absolutely recommend!
“In his warmth, I was forgiven, desperately in love with the love that was embedded before I knew the meaning. The love that waited for me; the love that showed me the way home. Complete.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author and Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review**