Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back

For fans of Wild, a searing memoir about one woman?s road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied her Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wanderlust was an innate reaction to the powerful personalities around her, and came too from her desire to find a plac For fans of Wild, a searing memoir about one woman?s road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, to...

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Title:Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back
Author:Melissa Stephenson
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:B073XD329D
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Jul 12, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

  • Katrina
    Jul 25, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

  • Ronnie
    Jul 31, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

  • Sonya Feher
    Aug 04, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Barb
    Aug 04, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Amy
    Aug 12, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

  • Timotei
    Aug 18, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Lorrie
    Aug 13, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Cathryn
    Aug 15, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Apr 26, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Laura
    Aug 15, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Michael
    Aug 13, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Janilyn Kocher
    May 25, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

  • Kris
    Aug 18, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

  • Carrie Knight
    Aug 06, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • SundayAtDusk
    May 25, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

  • Amy Morgan
    Jan 22, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

  • Mrb
    Aug 18, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Karen Nelson
    May 27, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

  • Jeff
    Aug 17, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Kelly Roskovich
    Aug 05, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Sarah Goewey
    Aug 10, 2017

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Carol Ferry
    May 31, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Shannon Perri
    Jul 12, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

  • Ann
    Jun 08, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

  • Zachary Houle
    Jul 29, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

  • Heather Hess
    Jun 10, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

  • Ashley Fite
    Jul 25, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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  • Elena L.
    Aug 02, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

  • Deeann
    Aug 06, 2018

    I didn't feel like i read a memoir; I felt more like I was just having coffee and a chat with someone who was telling me their life story. It was written like a conversation with the reader and I really enjoyed that.I think this book is very relevant right now because of the way the au...

    This is one of those books that has a theme that sneaks up on you. I was unsure of where this would take me, but I did enjoy the journey. Written with a contemporary bent, this book examines grief and what it is like to have a sibling being taken so young. Growing up in a blue-coll...

    (I received a free advance reader copy of Driven via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This is an abbreviation of my complete review which can be found on my blog.) When we think of heartbreak, most of us think of losing a romantic love. Yet the pain of losing a loved one to...

    I absolutely loved this memoir. The language was shimmery, yet lean and precise. The voice was strong, and above all, there was hope--a momentum toward vitality -- in a book that deals graciously with hard topics such as grief, suicide, and alcoholism. I can't wait to read what's next ...

    Early on in this memoir, Melissa Stephenson describes how her state trooper grandfather was "reduced to a stain on the highway", when a car hit him while he was helping a stranded elderly woman. Personally, I thought that was a very distasteful way of putting it, and there is unfortuna...

    I?ve only owned one driveable car in my life: possibly a Tonka. It was a little race car I nicknamed the ?88 car? because it had a gigantic 88 stickered on the side. It was my training wheels to a real bicycle, as it was something you could pedal, and I suppose it was a sort of c...

    3.5 Stars Because Melissa grew up in the Midwest around the same time as I did, (minus a few years), I felt like she could have easily been a classmate of mine, living through the seasons of childhood, preteen, and full blown adolescents. Her memoir captures the different roles she pla...

    The following excerpt captures beautifully Melissa and her brother's experience as a conspicuous family in Indiana. ?We were coloring outside the lines of what passed for a normal life, not as an act of rebellion, but because we couldn't see the lines in the first place." "Driv...

    Driven is a memoir centered around Stephenson's family's cars and her love of travel. Stephens has wanderlust in her blood and once she escapes from the flat lands of Indiana she goes coast to coast and everywhere in between. The story is also about her relationship with her older brot...

    I just received this book, and read it in 1 day. I really liked it. I loved how Melissa added so many of her memories from the 70s which brought back memories for me, as we are from the same era. I enjoyed reading about her many cars that the family went through, as we also had many ...

    I tried to go slow and savor, but that was impossible I keep trying to find a clever way to talk about reading Driven. All I have is the corny idea that I was driven to read it until there were no more words left to read. As with so many of my favorite books, I will now turn bac...

    I feel for her and what she has gone through and appreciate her sharing her story but my rating is for the writing, which I did not enjoy and rolled my eyes or cringed at many times. There's also a few typos in the book, though I noticed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt gave is 5 stars o...

    "Driven" doesn't seem like a memoir because the writing is quite light about tough subjects such as grief and suicide. I enjoyed the idea that each chapter is about a car that they went through but the story itself didn't grab my attention. [I received this ARC through Goodreads and...

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. Melissa Stephens has always found it hard to be settled in one place. She also had a fascination with cars and tells the story of her family through the variety of automobiles that have come and gone through various and important par...

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