Monday 3 March 2014

Book Review - Losing It

Losing It
Author:  Cora Carmack 
Series: Losing It #1
Genres: Contemporary, College | New Adult
Release Date:  October 15th 2012
Publishers: Harper Collins
No. Pages: 204
Source: Purchased 
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Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible - a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

This book and/or review may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due its use of language, sexual content, drug and alcohol abuse and/or violence. Please bare this in mind before reading.

So I have to admit, I didn't have very high expectations of this book, hence why I've been putting it off for so long, but I needed something to read during the break between internet providers and since I had got it a year ago cheaply, I though I might as well give it a go, after all its quick and easy. So even though I didn't have any expectations from the book, at times I still expected more. It started of rather poorly, picked up by the middle only to dip again at the end. Maybe the reason I just didn't enjoy the whole ‘lets go out and pop the cherry with the first person I find’ chapters to be anything but tacky is due to my deep routed prudeness. I just don’t think people should act like Bliss does at the start of the book and her best friend Kelsey done my head in, instead of getting Bliss all slutted up so that she can go out and get laid , shouldn't she have been encouraging her to wait a while?

Don’t get me wrong, I know it is a work of fiction and that I shouldn't be thinking as deeply into it as I am, but I can’t help it. Sex is overrated, it feels good and when done safely can be really enjoyable (sorry to be crude) but were as sex shouldn't be as much of a taboo as it is sometimes, the first time is very important and it’s a big step, regardless of what age someone is. And I know this book isn't at all trying to encourage people to just have sex and lose their virginity willy nilly, but I cant help but think more emphasis should have been made on why it was ok to wait for the right person before taking the next step.

The book starts of with Kelsey and Bliss going to a club, Bliss necks back some drinks for courage, Bliss starts talking to Garrick, flirts with him and finds out his new to town and British, decides to go back to his apartment while he waits for the locksmith to come and let him into to his apartment, Bliss realises he lives in the same block with her which is handy when the locksmith is delayed by another hour, starts making out with him in her apartment, has a fright of panic and leaves him in her bed coming up with the excuse of having to get her cat at half 11, then runs out of her building with no trousers or shoes on and waits form him to leave. From that Bliss is horrified to find out Garrick is her new teacher, and she now has to battle with her attraction to him, dealing with the attractions of others, and passing the class without anyone finding out about the one night stand near miss.

In all honesty there were parts of the book I liked and parts I couldn't stand. The middle of the book wasn't too bad, and in some ways I really did like Garrick's character, but that’s mainly because (now it may only be me ) but he really reminded me of Klaus from The Vampire Dairies and seen as I’m pretty much obsessed with him its hard not to like anyone who reminds me of him.  This book was like a mixture of Easy by Tammara Webber, and in a way Pushing The Limits/Dare You To by Katie McGarry, it was like Easy because the forbidden feelings between student and teach/teaching assistant and it was like Pushing The Limits because the next two in the series (that are already out) are stories about sub-characters from the first book. Now I know a lot of people do that lately it just reminded me of it.

I think the ending was very rushed, and after reading the development of Bliss and Garrick’s relationship I felt almost cheated at the last chapter. Why couldn't that have been made into another book? Personally my self I think it would have a lot better that way. I also didn't like any of the characters apart from Garrick. I just found them highly annoying, especially Bliss. I don’t know what it was about her character but I just felt no connection to her what’s so ever.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. It was a nice quick and easy read for me but I think that from now on, apart from the select few, I’m going to go back to reading adult contemporary fiction as I just find it easier to like. Too many YA books theses days have the same main characters/story line and its no longer enough to hold my interest. Hence why I’m finding it so hard to connect or like books these day.

Just because I didn't find it overly appealing, doesn't mean you won’t though. And if you are a contemporary fan and have read and liked Easy by Tammara Webber, then I would recommend you give this book a go. Sadly I’m just too obsessive at times to look past the similarities as anything of a coincidence and it effects how I see the book. So please, whatever you do (and I’m under no illusion that any of you do) don’t take my word as gospel, give it a go and because you wont know if you like it or not until you do :)


  1. I find myself purposely moving between genres fairly regularly, because if I start reading a lot within one (e.g., YA contemporary romance), I start to see the same themes continue to come up again and again. Instead of enjoying the themes, I just get annoyed.

    1. I'm exactly the same, but I have this thing were I read something good in a certain genre that I find it hard to move on from that one and start searching for ones to make me feel like that one book did. Its stupid, but I'm obsessive like that.


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