#Review Driving Lessons: A You Know Who Girls Novel by Annameekee Hesik

Posted May 5, 2015 by lucas in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

#Review Driving Lessons: A You Know Who Girls Novel by Annameekee HesikDriving Lessons: A You Know Who Girls Novel by Annameekee Hesik
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Published by Bold Strokes Books on December 16th 2014
Genres: F/F, Fiction, LGBTQI, Romance, Young Adult
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Source: NetGalley

Abbey Brooks has recovered from her end-of-freshman-year heartbreak and has vowed that this year, her sophomore year at Gila High, will be different in every way. Her to-do list: get her driver’s license, come out to her mom, get (and keep) a girlfriend, and survive another year of basketball. As always, though, nothing goes according to plan. Who will be there for her as her plans start to unravel? Who will bring her back to life after another round of heartache and betrayal? These remain a mystery—even to Abbey.

But one thing is for sure, she’s not confused about who she is. And that is going to make all the difference.

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

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I want to say I enjoyed this book, because I didn’t struggle to read it as much as I’ve done it in the past, I didn’t have to repeat to myself “you have to power through this! you can do it!” because is not that bad, and I only power through when I know or at least have a very strong feeling I’ll be rewarded at the end, so this wasn’t the best book I’ve read this year BUT is not the worse either, that said, I give this book 2.5 maybe 3 stars if I have to give a round number and here is why:

I’m aware of this book being a sequel but for the most part you can read it as a stand alone. Abs (main character) is surrounding herself with a really crappy support system for a 15 year old who just came out to herself… and some of her school -I’m not sure about the context of that, everything about her coming out is the first book’s topic- but anyway, she relies on her bisexual friend -who she keeps forgetting is BISEXUAL and not a lesbian-, to answer all her girl problem questions, since she’s in a rather stable relationship, and even with some of the cringe worthy comments it’s a rather fun relationship.

“Dyke sounds a lot better coming from a friend”

There’s your “mandatory” best friend crush, a lot of teen rebellion and it’s fun, I don’t remember my teens being that way -and now I sound like an old lady, and maybe I am- Abs is figuring herself out, getting over her first love and anxious about the coming out process, she doesn’t want to add pressure on her mom since it’s only the two of them, Abs dad died in a car accident a little while ago and they are both hurting -that’s why it’s hard for Abs to drive-.

The dynamics in this story feel a bit stretched and I don’t think a lot of the stuff there is how teens are dealing with their sexuality and sexual awakening, I hope they have more reliable sources than a friend that’s “experienced” and makes fun of them, than internet when the first resources are porn, and that crappy sex ed at school -which really at this point is a bit WHY BOTHER, all that heteronormative crap and shaming girls for enjoying sex, WE ARE NOT IN THE DARK AGES PEOPLE!-, it’s important to create a safe space for teens to ask questions and learn safe sex practices, because not because it’s lesbian sex it means there are no risks (FYI KIDS!)

What I did like: it’s very adorable how in tune with herself Abs gets, how she recognizes her surroundings may not be the best and how even if she can’t just let go of the people hurting her she puts a safe distances, because she’s a caregiver, I love how amazing is her mom and that strained relationship is all in her head, because that is the more TEEN thing to happen, always.

And my favorite quote:

“I don’t have to pretend to like boys or pretend to care how my hair looks or even pretend to not be as smart as I am. I guess all that pretending gets exhausting.”

My recommendation: Get this book and enjoy it’s lightness in a lazy sunday, with a nice cup of tea. It’s fun and just… it may just help you to remember a simpler era where everything felt so big when in hindsight, it wasn’t, and then have a laugh at yourself. I know it happened to me.




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