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Upper YA Contemporary Romance
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Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?
That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally's alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced YA romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.
This contemporary teen romance contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”
My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
While I recognize that this book may not be for everyone, I have to admit, (language, euphemisms, and all) I quite enjoyed it. Yeah, the characters have potty mouths and talk in a way that would make a hardened criminal blush. But the comedy is there, and through all the drama, I couldn't help but want things to work out for this interesting bunch.
I think all readers will understand where Ally's coming from. Devastated after being dumped by her boyfriend of two years, Ally is looking for a change. Why she was upset at losing Jeremy was beyond me though. One of her first thoughts is that his head smells like cheese and the rest of him like cheap body spray. Can you say yuck?? Ally turns to best friend Sam, (a notorious love them and leave them as quickly as possible guy) for help getting over her loss.
Sam is one messed up guy. His mother died when he was young, leaving him with a player father as his role model. Poor Sam doesn't believe in love. His goal is to slowly go through the entire female population, sneaking out afterwards. Coward if you ask me. As much as Sam annoyed me, I couldn't help but feel for him. The guy can't be all bad, I mean he rescues a pathetic little kitten. There's a decent guy under all of the bravado. I just don't know if Ally has the mining skills to uncover him. I enjoyed the chapters from Sam's point of view the best. That is one interestingly screwed up guy.
Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a quick read full of interesting dialogue and crazy situations. There's nothing better than watching Sam's tactics being used on him. Ally is a genius. I'm not sure how she expected to 'find herself' by tarting up and sleeping around, but hey, I think we've all been there a time or two. The desire to go out, be someone new, can be a siren song that's difficult to ignore. And Ally does end up finding herself, as well as becoming comfortable with who she is.
This novel is listed as YA, but I recommend it for readers 18+. The entire book centers around casual sex, drinking, and some of the raunchiest language I've ever read. If you're looking for an interesting romantic comedy (of errors) add this one to your to-read list.
About the Author
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.
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