2 out of 4 stars
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Adventures of a Rideshare Driver by Charles A. Campise is a short collection of vignettes detailing Campise’s time as a driver for several rideshare companies. While most of the passages recount his experiences with memorable passengers, Campise also includes journal entries and passenger reviews, personal reflections, and a variety of lists that relate to his life and career.
My favorite piece in this collection is, “My Biggest Benefits from Driving for Rideshare.” The author’s optimism, zest for life, and interest in others is appealing and sincere. Though he doesn’t shy away from revealing the negative aspects of his job, his tone remains positive throughout. I like how he describes himself as, “an ambassador and tour guide.” Campise’s love of his work and his sincere interest in connecting with others is admirable and translates to his passengers. One passenger enjoyed his experience so much that he invited Campise to attend his wedding!
Another aspect of this short book that I like is how reflective the author is. He finds meaning and purpose in his job, and he often learns from his interactions with others. He shares his reflections at various points in the book, and he includes important life lessons that he gleaned throughout his experiences.
Something about the book that I don’t like is the lack of structure. The vignettes are written in long paragraphs regardless of the change of topic or the insertion of dialogue. This made the stories difficult to follow. They would flow better and read easier with proper paragraph formatting.
I also felt that the passages lacked transitions and organization. For example, the author begins the book with 15 anecdotes. Then he breaks from his storytelling to include a section with brief passenger reviews. He provides more anecdotes before abruptly switching gears again to include a passage that lists his pet peeves and a passage that lists the benefits of driving for rideshare companies. The way in which the vignettes are presented feels abrupt and disorganized with few connections and no transitions.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. I think the book has potential, but it needs work. It does not seem professionally edited. I noticed more than ten errors in the first two pages of the book including missing end quotes, wrong placement of punctuation, inappropriate tense shifts, and incorrect punctuation. Egregious grammatical errors, lack of organization, and inadequate structure detracted from my enjoyment of the book. That being said, the piece contains positive messages, and the stories are generally entertaining.
I would recommend a thoroughly edited version of this book to people who enjoy reading short stories. It will also appeal to readers who are interested in what it is like to be a rideshare driver and people who are interested in stories about Austin, Texas. I would not recommend this piece to children, as some stories include adult content.
Adventures of a Rideshare Driver
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