This book blew me away when I read it in 2018. Almost a year later, it’s still with me, the story lurking in the back of my mind and coming front and center when a certain song plays on the radio or I stare at the steering wheel in my hand while lost in my mind.
The story starts off with Stella learning about an ex getting married. She’s supposed to fly home, to her husband, but she decides to drive. And as songs play on the radio, she thinks back over her past decisions that involve two men. I became absorbed trying to figure out what happened, what she ultimately decided, which man married someone else and which man was she driving home to?
The story reminded me of a book I read ages ago, “Love is a Mix Tape”, by Rob Sheffield. That one hit home because, and I guess I’m giving my age away here, but my mixed cassette tapes never failed to bring me back to that moment in time when I loved a song so much I’d wait for it on the radio to copy it. Cassette tapes journaled my formative years.
I suspect Kate Stewart had a similar thought process in mind when she wrote Drive, and the play list she provides at the end of the book is pretty awesome. If I still made cassette tapes, I’d totally rip it off.
I strongly recommend this book. It’s reflective. Reminds us that life delivers many choices and different paths leading to alternate journeys. In the end, we make our decisions for specific reasons. It doesn’t mean lost loves aren’t still in our heart. Getting hit by a memory doesn’t mean we didn’t choose our best path forward.