Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling

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

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 244
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publication date: October 17, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, romance, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"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 romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.

This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.” 

{ I received this as an ebook from NetGalley. }

It took me a little while to warm up to it, but I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fun read with a cute romance and a lot of teenage mischief, if you will. If that last line of the synopsis bothers you, you probably do not want to read this book. If that last line appeals to you and makes you curious to see what all they get into, you'll probably love it!

Sam and his mission bothered me at first - his initial attitude about women would make most girls squirm a little, I think - but I held out hope that he would come around eventually. I loved following Ally as she makes big changes and finds herself along the way. From the synopsis you know they're going to fall in love, but the story behind how they get there is so fun - it's a mix of frustrating, exhilarating, and warm-and-fuzzy. The final scene in the diner was just perfect!

Sam and Ally's story is a great one, in my opinion. It's certainly not for everyone, as there is a lot of language and sex which some readers may not appreciate. But I found it to be a quirky, wild, wonderful romance that delivered what I expected plot-wise, but also threw in some pleasant surprises. I'd definitely recommend it to readers looking for an offbeat contemporary romance.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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