You Drive Me Crazy
by Anna Premoli
What girl doesn’t dream of an amazing promotion working on the other side of the world?
This once in a lifetime opportunity is presented to a 28-year-old investment banker, Maddison Johnson and instantly fills her with abject fear.
It isn’t the New York transfer she had set her heart on… she’s going to South Korea, instead.
To make things worse, her boss Mark Kim doesn’t go out of his way to make it easy for her to adapt to her new environment.
Plunged into a world she knows nothing about with a man she can’t stand, Maddison finds herself forced to adapt and grow up quickly. Maybe in the process she will stumble over something wonderful and quite unexpected…
‘It must be fun to come from a mixed race family. Unfortunately, I come from a very ordinary family.’ The only one with any pedigree worth speaking of is the cat.
Everybody I encounter turns to look at me: I suppose being a blonde girl might be an attraction in this city. A bit like being a B-list celebrity.
For some reason I feel like a cow on display at a cattle fair. I am afraid that someone will end up asking me to show them my teeth.
Maddison was an awkward, quirky, outspoken, and feisty main character, but she was also an immature and self-involved drama queen that spent a considerable amount of print whining and snarkily moaning about nearly everything, or what my British friends call whinging. While her whinging and observations were often amusing, the sheer volume and nastiness of her snark became rather tedious. Maddison certainly had not wanted to be sent to Korea for a yearlong project, a country she knew nothing about and could not even locate on a map. She seemed determined to find the customs and food to be an inconvenience and everything about her handsome new boss, Mark, to be disagreeable. In her fatigue and unhappiness, she often came across as vacuous, cranky, snide, and easily agitated. While I enjoyed the clever humor, the constant conflict and her abrasive and selfish rants became increasingly tiresome. I craved more balance to the story and wished there had been half the angst and significantly more sweet chapters like the last one instead.
Anna Premoli is a bestselling author in Italy. She began writing to relieve stress while working as a financial consultant for a private bank. Her previous novel, Love to Hate You won the Bancarella prize in 2013.