Series: Losing It #1
Published by William Morrow on February 26th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she 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.
The new adult genre and I have a pretty complicated relationship. Well, as far as relationships go. I mean, I think I can still count the number of new adult books I’ve read on one hand. But the ones I’d read did not really entice me to go back for more. New adult, until now, has pretty much just been an excuse for explicit sex scenes. And typically, it’s romantic drama llama that ties into some tough subjects or dark pasts. All typically not my thing. But here comes Losing It, proving that new adult can be done right.
Ideally, what I want from new adult, is more or less the same as what I expect from young adult: character growth. However, this should tackle different kinds of issues. College is a super stressful time for most people because you’re becoming independent for the first time, and towards the end of it, you start having to make serious decisions about what you want to do with your life. These issues are an integral part of Losing It. It’s not the focus of the entire book, but it is something that Bliss struggles with – and her narrations about it forged an instant connection between us. I couldn’t help but relate, and that made me like her so freaking much. The future is a scary fucking place, and new adult rarely spends enough time considering that.
How can people decide who they want to spend the rest of their life with at this age? I couldn’t even decide what to have for dinner! I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be an actor, even though I already had $35,000 in student loans telling me I sure as hell better want to be an actor. Losing It by Cora CarmackBut obviously the main focus here is on the virginity issue. I’m just so impressed by how tactfully this was done. Virgin shaming is absolutely a thing. And it’s awkward. It’s uncomfortable. It makes you nervous, and I can only imagine that the older you are and still have your virginity intact, the harder it becomes to “get it over with”. It’s not a simple issue. And I could totally understand everything Bliss was going through in that regard. I loved how the issue wasn’t simplified or minimized – this novel was real.
But hot damn, Cora Carmack can write chemistry. This book…. woah. *fans self* Garrick is smoking hot, especially when I add the British accent in my mind. The two were clearly so drawn to each other, but Bliss wasn’t ready to really let him in. I was cheering for their relationship all the way. I was so absorbed and shipping it incredibly hard. Even when a potential love triangle formed for a while, I actually shipped both sides. I just love the way Cora writes romance. I’ll buy it every time.
I loved the setting here and actually getting to see some college scenes. I love theater, as a former drama club member myself, and I could totally relate to that kind of environment and the people. Bliss’s friends were just awesome, and I loved seeing them together. And the writing style is great as well. She incorporated such humor that seriously had me laughing out loud. Bliss can be so clumsy and awkward in a totally believable way. I loved her voice. I just had this huge connection with her, so I honestly couldn’t get myself to stop reading this book. And I actually used a couple post its – I KNOW, in a NEW ADULT book – when I usually don’t ever use post its at all!
The only thing that I have to complain about is the ending. It was suuuch a cliché, and I wish the epilogue never happened. I didn’t really like that suddenly it was in Garrick’s point of view, but mostly just, given the realism of the rest of the novel, I felt that what transpired there was just way too fast. I would have liked it to be a little more open ended – because that’s how life is at this age. And that’s what Bliss was musing on earlier in the novel. So… yeah.