I received a copy of Losing It by Cora Carmack to review (from the publisher).
This originally self published book (now traditionally published) is part of the new genre New Adult (or NA). Here’s the synopsis courtesy of Amazon:
Love.Romance. Sex. There’s a first time for everything…
As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.
But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.
She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…
If you read the reviews for this book on Goodreads or elsewhere you’ll see they’re quite mixed. Some people loved this book, others hated it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated it because I did finish it but I did find it pretty meh. It was a quick read and it was kinda fun but it wasn’t something that made me want to read it. It was easy to put down and each time I went to go back to reading I felt like I was doing so for the sake of it.
I came away from this book with three thoughts
1. The overwhelming desire to tell Bliss that Kelsey, her so called Best Friend, is anything but a friend. I started thinking that about three pages into the book.
2. That I have never, ever, met anyone who calls people Love as often as Garrick (allegedly hot British professor) calls Bliss it. And I’m British born and bred!3. And I’d like to have known exactly where Garrick comes from. Because it felt like the only hot thing about him was his “British accent” but what was that? Scouser, posh boy, cockney, northerner, Scot, southerner, Welsh? What is a British accent when it’s at home?!
A prequel where we meet Bliss and her friends sooner in their college experience (they are just about to graduate in this story) might be something I’d enjoy if it gave us the chance to get to know them sooner. A lot of the characters on the outskirts of the novel were crying out to be fleshed out and included more.
I’m not sure why this book is labelled as NA rather than YA. But then again it’s my first NA book and despite reading various explanations about what it is I’m not convinced I quite get it. Personally I would have said this was YA although I could see that with the student – teacher arc in it some parents might not like their teens reading it.
I understand that the sequel, Faking It, is coming out soon and focuses on Cade who is Bliss’ other best friend. I quite liked Cade (he was probably my favourite character and I thought should have ended up with Bliss) so I’d be tempted to read it. Especially because I thought that this book had potential and just missed out on reaching it. I’d hope that a second book would hit it completely.