24 February, 2014

book review

Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling


My Copy: ePub eBook, 170 pages
Publication Date: October 17, 2012
Publisher: Te Da Media
Source: NetGalley

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

This book is a very light and easy read.  It’s good for just a quick read to read in between books or if you’re looking for a very easy, quick read.  I found it to be a bit too young for my liking, so I would like to say that I would more so recommend it to a younger audience.  However, there is quite a bit of sexual content (talking and acting), so that makes me unsure of the age group this book is actually intended for.  I’m a bit confused.  It seems to me to be too immature of a writing style and story line for adults, but too mature in content for young’ins.  So, I’m not sure if I would recommend it to anyone really.  But only because of those reasons.
I didn’t dislike the book.  It was a decent little story.  Definitely good as a filler book since I couldn’t decide what book to read next.  This one did the trick.
But, I found that I wasn’t able to fully connect with the characters.  Neither Ally nor Sam had me completely enveloped in their story.  I can say, however, that the author did a good job keeping the two characters’ voices unique (the story is told in alternating first person POVs from Ally and Sam).  That’s great, because I find that authors often struggle with that.
I’m a bit disappointed too, because I was under the impression that this book was going to have a strong comedic factor, but I didn’t feel like laughing while reading.  So, that was disappointing to me.
3 stars blue

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One Response to “Review: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls”

  1. hmmm…. I can see why the content of the book would make it difficult to recommend to a younger reader; too bad the writing is too immature to appeal to an older reader. Not for anyone really unless, like you, just a quick little read to fill time – good for airplane flights I suppose…