When my husband was in high school he got to drive one of two cars. The first was a beat-up old orange Opel, the back of the car filled at all times with newspapers to be hauled to recycling (very advanced for the 70’s, mind you), and a humiliating-to-a-teenager bumper sticker that boasted: I MAY BE SLOW BUT I GO GO GO! His other car was the family station wagon, the bumper of which was garnished with this teen-humbling ditty: DULCIMERS ARE FUN!
When I got to read Jess’ fabulous book, DRIVING SIDEWAYS, I just kept thinking of my husband’s road trip cars each time Jess’ protagonist Leigh got back into her quintessential road trip car (a Saturn), continuing on her quirky, poignant and hilarious quest to “find” her much-revered organ donor. And that’s one of the fun things about this book—-we all have a lame car in our past and totally relate to the crazy junkets we undertook while behind the wheel of said clunkers. And Jess manages to take the classic road trip story and ratchet it up a notch with a compelling, heartfelt story that will leave you alternating between laughter and tears as Leigh finds her way in the great big world beyond Wisconsin.
One of the things i love about Driving Sideways is it is so reflective of the author’s personality: kind, loving, warm, funny, a little zany, and adventuresome. I know you’ll be glad you chose to spend some time with Jess and her characters in this wonderful book.
I’m off to pick up my very own copy!
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