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Driving Under the Influence - Jenna Martin

Driving Under the Influence

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Published: 1st April 2014
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A hilarious novel about hitting rock bottom and climbing back up again.

Chelsea has had a rough week. After a few great years of professional triumphs and personal stability, she suddenly finds herself—at the grand old age of 28—homeless, jobless and single. Cheating on her boyfriend with her boss probably wasn't the brightest idea.

Salvation comes in the form of her father, Gary 'Turbo' Turbiton, a once major but now fading star of stage and screen, who offers her a job as his assistant while he travels Australia promoting his recent autobiography. Chelsea adores her Dad but she knows from years of family road trips just what this 'job' will entail: hours and hours of mindless bush trivia, pit stops to ridiculous local landmarks and pointed interrogations about what she's doing with her life. All the while John Denver will warble endlessly on the CD player. Resigned to her fate—and without a better offer—she says yes.

The promo tour takes the two of them across Australia—from a family wedding in Darwin to a pig farm in Port Fairy, from a chance encounter in Tenterfield to an impromptu karaoke night in Yackandandah. Along the way there are unplanned detours—and people—they have to face as they both struggle with that eternal life question: what happens next?

With its light touch and sassy humour, Driving Under the Influence is a charming look at growing up, growing old and what fathers and daughters can learn from each other.

About the Author

Jenna Martin has been a teacher in Sydney, a law student in Wollongong, an actor in London and a film producer in Los Angeles. She has written several plays, screenplays, short stories and the occasional bad love letter, and this is her first novel.

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4.0

Not just daddy's girl

By Ginny

from Sydney

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Driving Under the Influence:

    To be honest I chose this book at first because she is Ray Martins daughter. I was delighted to discover she is a wonderful writer and delivers a funny, engaging first novel. It is a truthful book about being a "twenty something" girl in modern Australia. I look forward to her next effort.

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    ISBN: 9780522866285
    ISBN-10: 052286628X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 192
    Published: 1st April 2014
    Publisher: Melbourne University Press
    Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.36