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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls


Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Publish Date: October 2012
Publisher: Te Da Media

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."

It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary book. I’ve been craving one so badly and while perusing NetGalley saw this. I’m SO happy I found this. 

Sam is a typical high school boy. Hormones and all. He’s unapologetically a player. He has a set of rules and he follows them. For the most part. He’s not a bad boy, he doesn’t go out and do things on the wrong side of the law or anything in that vein. He’s just got a really bad itch and he scratches it. Frequently. The only thing he cares deeply for is his friendship with Ally. 

Ally is a good girl. She’s smart, almost too smart, and often really hard on herself. More than likely this stems from a requirement of today’s society (and some of Sam’s influence too). She’s smart so she can’t be pretty. Or so she thinks until Sam gives her a hand. And then she’s pretty but than acts like she isn’t smart, for reasons still confusing but plausible. 

I really enjoyed reading this. The story splits personality between Sam and Ally. Every other chapter respectively. It’s not something I enjoy usually in a book, but it’s almost required for this one. It wouldn’t be the great read it is without the insight we get from being in the minds of both characters. The dialogue is fun and quirky and so natural to the characters that it’s super easy to get lost and immersed into the story. This one certainly takes the cake for me, and I would say should for anyone that loves a good love story. 

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