Pat Palella on learning about the dating, drinking + leisure activities of people armed with only a smart phone, willing to ride in a stranger’s car

IR Sticker IR ApprovedBuzz Ride: Memoirs of a Ride Share Driver received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Pat Palella.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Buzz Ride: Memoirs of a Ride Share Driver published July 2015.

What’s the book’s first line? 

Being a business consultant, my curiosity of how the twenty and thirty-year-old young adults navigate through life with the power of the smart phone led me on an interesting journey.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

Buzz Ride: Memoirs of a Ride Share Driver shares stories about the people Pat White drove – and the places they went – at night during the spring and summer of 2014. In that time, he drove more than 600 people in his Mercedes, logging thousands of miles from spectacular homes and hot nightspots to dive bars and studio apartments in questionable neighborhoods. Provocative behavior and intimate conversations are casually exploding night after night in the back seat of White’s car. The threat of violent passengers and the reality of the brutality of Chicago streets are evident with every turn of the steering wheel. During rides, his car transforms from a simple sedan to an audition stage, boudoir or confessional, depending on the needs – and condition – of his passengers.

He learns more than he expected about the dating, drinking and leisure activities of people armed with only a smart phone and willingness to ride in a stranger’s car. White’s drive to succeed in the boardroom serves him well as he competes to be the most efficient, profitable, highly rated rides hare driver in the city. But driving strangers can have a dark side, and his personality undergoes a shift as he becomes more guarded, taking on the attitude of an urban survivalist. Readers get a true glimpse into the enterprising business with White’s unvarnished version of his time on Chicago’s streets.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I could not believe that people would use their private asset for public consumption as well as all the pink mustaches I was seeing affixed to the front of cars.
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

It is a view of how technology is changing the values and attitudes of society at a very fast pace. It is also filled with outrages and humorous stories about crazy fun people from all walks of life as well as harsh glimpse of the darker side of the human condition. And who knows, if you are from or was in Chicago in 2014 you might be in it.