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Driving Change Kristin Waites


Bethany, who hasn't driven since her parent's death, decides to take a road trip to cure herself of her fears, but she doesn't expect to be joined by Daniel, a lost freshman she meets at the gas station. Together, the two discover that their journey will change more than just their relationship status—it will help them discover who they really are.
Excerpt from Ch 2:
"You obviously want to get out of this town," Daniel said. "Why would you stay when all of your friends went off to college?"
"I wasn't ready for change." I confessed after a moment of hesitation. It was difficult to say, since it was the first time I'd ever told anyone that. It was even harder because it was the first time I'd really admitted it to myself.
"But you're ready now." It wasn't a question.
"I think so."


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5 comments on "Driving Change"

Jana Wilde on June 11, 2016, 8:35 a.m. said:

Jana Wilde

The pace was good and characters were certainly likable, but I felt like there wasn't a real clearly defined plot. I really liked the way it started with two strangers on a trip,but would have liked to have seen it conclude in a more satisfying manner. Some of the details were off towards the end, which is an issue for me because i feel like it distracts from the story. I think we could have benefited from seeing some more character development about the past and painful memories \experiences. Overall it was fun and sweet and I enjoyed reading about cute Daniel.

Reminds me of the Edge of Never by JA Redmerski.

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Annie Nielson on Aug. 7, 2013, 2:51 p.m. said:

Annie Nielson

The characters and their backgrounds in this book were fantastic! I loved the depth of all the characters, especially Amy. Amy's character was very well written and easy to relate to. Also, it was really a page-turner--I couldn't wait to see what happened to the characters! I read the whole book in about two days. I did think, however, that the plot sort of plodded on. It felt like there wasn't much direction to it, and the end was a little sudden. The characters were definitely what kept me hooked, not the plot. Also, somtimes the dialogue felt awkward. The friendly banter between Bethany and Daniel felt a little forced sometimes. Overall, though, I thought the characters were great and I did genuinely enjoy this book!

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Kristin Waites on Aug. 7, 2013, 3:58 p.m. said:

Kristin Waites

Thanks, Annie! I've always known that the story was very character driven, but I was never really sure if there was enough plot to keep it going. I really appreciate your comments!

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Talia Nyx on Aug. 10, 2013, 7:54 p.m. said:

Talia Nyx

I loved it, I found few if any errors. I thought that it was well thought out, it may be character driven, but there is nothing wrong with that - it means that the plot is within the characters rather than their destinations. You took a leap, and made it to the other side. Well done, really impressed.

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Kara Skinner on Dec. 23, 2013, 2:16 p.m. said:

Kara Skinner

I thought the ending of the book was really good, but I thought the beginning was kind of weak and dragged on a little. It was hard for me to get into it until the end, but at the end I did like it, and I loved Amy's character as well as Doug's character. The dynamic between Bethany and Daniel's mother was really funny too

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