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

  • Clifford
    Sep 16, 2018
    Memoirs fascinate me. I'm always amazed that people have that much to say about their own lives or that they can remember what happened ten, fifteen, twenty or thirty years ago. This story begins when the author is a kid and follows her relationship with her troubled brother. The struc...
  • Tamra
    Oct 28, 2018
    sad story about the suicide death of the writer's brother. good writing that kept me turning the pages. I never could figure out why she and her brother were so fouled up. ...
  • Jane
    Sep 30, 2018
    I knew Melissa for a little while in the mid to late 2000?s. We were neighbors, and our sons went to the same sweet daycare. I didn?t know her story at all though. My favorite parts were the interludes where she said ?imagine this? and made up an alternate story. ...
  • Elizabeth
    Jul 12, 2018
    (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 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...
  • Tyler
    Aug 19, 2018
    A few things about this book bothered me from the start- the unapologetic confederate flag license plates to start in the intro... but then calling the Chinese foot binding practice Japanese, totally different culture and country! and a couple chapters later stating she sold a car with...
  • Ronnie
    Jul 31, 2018
    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...
  • Sue Ann
    Aug 21, 2018
    Full disclosure: Melissa?s parents are childhood friends of mine. It was a very emotional experience to read about the family from her perspective. I hope this telling has a cathartic affect to help her cope with the tragedies she has faced. One thing is clear? she is a strong and ...
  • Amy
    Aug 12, 2018
    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...
  • Emily
    Aug 29, 2018
    I read this book over the course of a weekend; it was that good. I just read. And I loved it. It talks about family, and history, and the various lenses through which we view events and our own histories and all the ways in which our lives are build by events and then we look back and ...
  • Pamela
    Sep 14, 2018
    Melissa Stephenson knows how to craft words. There were many times I enjoyed the sentences and passages in this autobiography. I enjoyed her premise of the cars and how these where ways to explore the road. However that premise wasn't sustained throughout the entirety of the book. ...
  • Dotty
    Oct 09, 2018
    Excellent. A compelling story, very well written. ...
  • Shelly
    Sep 07, 2018
    This is an exceptionally written book but it is not a happy book. I could have written parts of this book myself which makes it all the more sadder for me. Expect a very realistic portrayal of what it is like to deal with family members in crisis due to depression and addiction (both d...
  • Maryann
    Oct 21, 2018
    I loved this memoir for its unique structure and beautiful, uncomplicated writing. Melissa Stephenson doesn't just tell us about grieving her brother's death, she uses all the cars her family ever had to show us their hopes, dreams and struggles. In the end you don't get the sense that...
  • Laura
    Oct 24, 2018
    Melissa?s ability to articulate her own human experience is masterful. Her depiction of things is so well rounded, truthful, insightful, smart, that you have no choice but have a simultaneous love affair with the murky shades of gray in your own life experience. This memoir is filled...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    May 25, 2018
    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...
  • Karendale2
    Oct 04, 2018
    This was a fast read. Melissa Stephenson is a very good writer. The book circled around the loss of her brother and the dysfunction of the family. I didn?t find it depressing though I am sure some may find it so. It?s ultimately a story about grief and moving forward to a place of ...
  • Erin Maynard (Andersen)
    Sep 03, 2018
    Shes a good writer but not a good storyteller. I didn't care about anyone in the book or what happened to them ...
  • Krysti Shallenberger
    Sep 23, 2018
    A good read of how a woman dealt with the suicide of her brother. ...
  • Kent District Library
    Oct 06, 2018
    ?A memoir of Midwestern lower middle class family dysfunction, this is the family?s history marked by the cars they drove. I appreciated this honest portrayal of the daughter who drove out and her brother who didn?t make it.? ? Penni at Cascade ...
  • SundayAtDusk
    May 25, 2018
    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...
  • Karen Nelson
    May 27, 2018
    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...
  • Shannon Perri
    Jul 12, 2018
    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 ...
  • Brandice
    Sep 03, 2018
    It can be dangerous to buy into the comparison of one book to another, especially when you loved the original one in said comparison. I typically avoid buying into this type of hype, but have to admit the comparison to Wild, one of my favorite books, is what initially drew me to Driven...
  • Bamboozlepig
    Aug 20, 2018
    This was a fast read for me, mostly because in the second half, I pretty much skimmed. Stephenson has a solid writing style that sometimes ventures into the hard-boiled noir style. I was more into the part about her growing up and remembered so many of the pop culture references, not t...
  • Ann
    Jun 08, 2018
    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?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...
  • Tracy Strong
    Sep 13, 2018
    Touching well-written memoir by a former classmate of mine from high school ...
  • Teresa Mankin
    Nov 01, 2018
    I had the good fortune to be in Portland the night Melissa read from her book.at Powell's. I got a signed copy and bonded with a fellow single mom Hoosier superwoman. The book is funny and sad and real life. Her story told from the vantage of the vehicles associated with that time in...