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What I’ve Been Reading #116

Friday, March 11, 2016


This week I finished reading Driving Lessons by Zoe Fishman, another book that my mom gave me to read. It was another quick read that I mostly liked, and it had a lot of laugh out loud moments in it!

“An executive at a New York cosmetics firm, Sarah has had her fill of the interminable hustle of the big city. When her husband, Josh, is offered a new job in suburban Virginia, it feels like the perfect chance to shift gears. While Josh quickly adapts to their new life, Sarah discovers that having time on her hands is a mixed blessing. Without her everyday urban struggles, who is she? And how can she explain to Josh, who assumes they are on the same page, her ambivalence about starting a family? It doesn’t help that the idea of getting behind the wheel—an absolute necessity of her new life—makes it hard for Sarah to breathe. It’s been almost twenty years since she’s driven, and just the thought of merging is enough to make her teeth chatter with anxiety. When she signs up for lessons, she begins to feel a bit more like her old self again, but she's still unsure of where she wants to go. Then a crisis involving her best friend lands Sarah back in New York—a trip to the past filled with unexpected truths about herself, her dear friend, and her seemingly perfect sister-in-law . . . and an astonishing surprise that will help her see the way ahead.”

I could relate to Sarah’s fear of driving, because I felt the same way she did when I learned to drive. Luckily, I did not have to relearn to drive in my 30s! There are four main women characters in the book, with Sarah being the true main character. Much of the story line revolves around the decision on whether to have children. One of the women has a baby and the others do not. It was interesting to read about Sarah and her husband, who seem to have a great relationship. One thing that annoyed me was the dialogue. The characters used each other’s names in practically every sentence, which just didn’t flow naturally for me. Otherwise, it was a funny story about friendships and young adulthood.

What have you been reading lately?