Title: Losing It (Losing It #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Expected paperback publication: February 26th 2013 by William Morrow
Published ebook: December 5th 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Source: Bought ebook
Genre: New Adult (Intended for a more mature audience, i.e. 17 & up)
"The Runaway New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!
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 theater professor.
She'd left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier. . . ."
First line: "I took a deep breath."
Thoughts: I really should buy more books where I have no expectations going in. Why? Because they always catch me off-guard and blow me away. LOSING IT was the fun, lighthearted and awkward book I needed to lift my spirits. Yes, it's a bit on the cheesy side, but I don't care. It didn't stop me from staying up till the wee hours to finish it. To say I adored it is an understatement.
The book jumps off with the night Bliss, our leading lady, believes she's going to lose her virginity. After telling her friend Kelsey that she's a virgin, Kelsey pushes her to go to a bar and get it over with. After all, who wants to graduate college a virgin (Their thoughts, not mine)? After downing several shots, Bliss begins to believe that maybe mission get-it-out-of-the-way is a bust. Maybe she's over-thinking it? She's about to give up hope when she runs into Garrick. They hit it off right away, and let's just say things start heating up a bit...until it gets awkward.
One of the things I loved about this book is the dialogue. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the painfully awkward moments and words falling out of Bliss' mouth. She reminds me so much of myself, and I couldn't help but immediately fall in love with her. She's that friend that makes you laugh without trying and from what I can tell, is there for you when you need her. I'm not going to lie, there were moments where I wanted to shake her and ask her what the heck she's doing but overall, I adored her and her adorable ways.
I was also immediately smittened with Garrick. How can I not fancy the hot British guy? It would be wrong of me not to, right? Right. Some of the scenes between him and Bliss literally had me panting, sweating, and screaming for more. They ended far too soon, and I was stuck waiting and waiting until they had another steamy encounter. I loved that he was a little possessive over Bliss but there were times where I did wished he'd butt out, especially when it came to her friendship with Cade. To be fair, I really liked him throughout the book, but I didn't love him till the epilogue. It's told through his point of view and oh my gosh, made me wishing more of the book was told through his eyes. Sa-wooooooooooon! Needless to say, the author really should consider writing some shorts through Garrick's eyes, especially one where him and Bliss first meet.
The only real issue I had with this book is how some of the characters viewed sex as something to just get out of the way. Obviously, there's a theme of love in this book (which I, get this, loved) and yes, I know very many people believe this, but I'm also an advocate for waiting until you find someone you love and loves you back. I do believe the main character redeems herself and stays true to who she is, but if I'm being honest, it did annoy me that she even thought about getting drunk and getting it out of the way.
Also, some of the characters sometimes got on my nerves. I didn't really like how pushy Kelsey was, but can see why she is the way she is. I do believe she thinks she's helping and is being a good friend but sometimes, she just needed to back off a bit. There's a part in the book where I just wanted to tell every single character to get their sh*t together. No wonder they're theatre students! So much drama for something so trivial but hey, it definitely made for an interesting read. You know you're passionate about the book when the characters get your temper boiling!
All in all, I really enjoyed LOSING IT and recommend it to all fans of New Adult and older YA fans. It's funny, it's quirky, it's simply awesome. To prove to you how much I enjoyed LOSING IT, I keep rereading all of my favorite scenes and haven't been able to start anything new. Really, I liked it that much. I cannot wait to read Cade's story and am counting down the days till FAKING IT's release. Bliss and Garrick better be in it. Do you hear me, Cora? They better be in it!
I was going to have sex.
With a boy.
A hot boy.
A hot BRITISH boy.
Or maybe I was going to throw up.
What if I threw up on the hot British boy?
What if I threw up on the hot British boy DURING SEX?”
“'SERIOUSLY? Is it because of Jesus? Are you, like, saving yourself for him?' Sex seemed simpler for Kelsey. She had the body of a Barbie and the sexually-charged brain of a teenage boy.
'No, Kelsey,' I said. 'It would be a little difficult to save myself for someone who died over two thousand years ago.'"
“'What's your name, love?'
Love? LOVE! Still dying, here.
'Is that a line?'
I blushed crimson. 'No, it's my name.'
'Lovely name for a lovely girl.'"