REVIEW: Sam Cruz’s Infalliable Guide to Getting Girls

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Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls

by: Tellulah Darling
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. 

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A Quick Rundown:
This book very easily could have been a romantic comedy movie released for all us teens and adults alike who want to fall in love with the player and root for the couple that is the underdog.  Sam and Ally have been best friends for like, ever.  She’s never been the pretty girl, but suddenly she finds herself feeling like she needs to change a bit (can we say EVERY rom-com ever?, starting with Grease) to impress the opposite sex.  Enter Sam, the bffae-aeaeaeae to give her a magical makeover that makes her some sort of Goddess.  [Who knew makeup and wardrobe could change a person?] What happens next is to NEVER be expected… (sarcasm, ladies and gents!)

Its not that I didn’t like this book, because I did.  It was a light read, and it was cute.  Nothing intense, nothing unpredictable.  I would have preferred some unforseen moments, however.  Meaning.. I would like not to be able to write my books myself due to the cliche romantic comedy stereotype.  Sam and Ally were great characters, and each had a sassy little attitude and personality about them that were unique and quirky. I loved the “rules” that Sam had, and how he pretends to be a little hardass, but in reality.. the kid has a heart.  Ally was just adorable, I felt she could be my little sister that I had to help through the hard times and pressures of high school.  

Who Should Read This?
Anyone looking for a light, quick, fast-paced read should give this book a shot.  It is definitely cute, and for sure an easy read.  The characters are loveable, the only issue I had was for the younger audience (15 and below) this book definitely had some sexual moments that may not be appropriate.  Therefore, I would advise that you should be at least sixteen to dive into this one.  Tellulah Darling definitely has potential as an author, and I would not hesitate to pick up something else from her in the future!  My biggest gripe with the book – like I stated before was the predictability.  But, still a cute, light-hearted read!

-Because I received this book for review, I wasn’t aware of the WAY awesome price!  For both Nook and Kindle the book is only $3.99! A bargain for sure, so definitely makes it even more appealing!-
Cute and sweet, a good one for any reading slump


Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl [Louise Rozett]

Confessions of an Angry Girl

(Confessions #1)

by Louise Rozett (Goodreads Author)

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has someconfessions to make…1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is nowenraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
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Rose, a high school freshman is pushed into a world where she feels she does not belong. Things are changing, friendships are being tampered with, and nothing feels familiar anymore. Along the way, she encounters romances, scrutiny, rejection, and more. It is the telling tale of what it is to be young, and what hardships that sometimes means we have to deal with. Rose’s best friend, Tracy is now one of those “gotta be popular girls”, while Rose is just trying to make it through the days. Her crush has a cheerleader girlfriend, her father is dead, her mom and her barely speak. Rose’s brother, Peter; also may have left her known by some upperclassmen, since he has recently graduated and is now away at college. I mean, its not an easy freshman year for Rose, but it sure as hell an interesting one…

Rose. I just loved her. You can see her tortured soul peering out through the pages. The way Rozett writes her character is wonderful. Rose has a huge heart, but she can’t seem to find out what is worth giving it to, and what is not. You feel for Rose at the loss of her family in this book. Since her father is gone, it is hard enough. But, Peter, Rose’s brother is harboring resentment, which in turn, makes Rose even more angry than she already is.

There were excellent parts of this book. The romance with Jaime was really great. There was mystery and allure there. However, I felt it should have been expanded on. I wanted to hear more about Jaime, and his story. However.. I learned why that didn’t happen; in the end. [Read to find out]. The friendship with Tracy was done so well. Honestly, this is what happens in high school, people argue and fight and bicker, especially as teen girls. Rozett showcased that for the reader, and it was impeccably done. The character of Robert (aka, the boy pining after the girl who won’t have him) was hysterical. It was only funny because it is SO TRUE. Rose does have a tendency to take advantage of Robert, and he blatantly points this out. Think back to high school. Come on ladies! (and gentlemen) how many times did this happen? It is just amazing how much of this story I have witnessed in real life. It is probably why I loved it so much!

Overall, I really enjoyed Confessions of an Angry Girl. I will absolutely be back for more, because there are questions that I need answered. I’m hoping the things I am left wondering about (and ultimately the reason I rated the book a four instead of a five) are answered for me. I would definitely say for any fan of YA contemporary to give this one a look! If for anything, do it for Jaime. I don’t know why but he just pulled me in and there is mystery within him that I just need to know more about!

Confessions is being released August 28th, 2012.  Check it out!

Disclosure: I was given a review copy of this book through NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN, this however, does not effect my opinon whatsoever.  A big thank you to Harlequin for the opportunity to review this book*