She Drives Me Crazy

Kelly Quindlen

fiction lgbtqia+ romance young adult
emotional hopeful lighthearted fast-paced

304 pages | first published 2021

High school nemeses fall in love in this queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuisten.

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start the only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

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lighthearted 82%
funny 58%
emotional 47%
hopeful 47%
reflective 11%
challenging 5%
informative 5%
inspiring 5%


fast 76%
medium 23%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 46% | A mix: 38% | Plot: 15%

Strong character development?

Yes: 76% | No: 15% | It's complicated: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 61% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 7%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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