I was surprised how hilarious this small book was but I definitely remember almost losing it ( from laughing so hard) while I read it very late one night, page fifty had me in fits of giggles so hard that my cat kept giving me looks, I was disrupting his beauty sleep, that's for sure. Growing up is hard to do, especially if you're a girl pulled from all sides, never mind normal family because that never exists, even in books, and what about boy problems and maturing/doing the right thing and all that stuff. Mix in some truly crazy best friends, super cool grandma, a bad hamster, an amazing boyfriend who is a total catch, inexperience mixed with innocence and add a dash of the unexpected and you have a fun, charming book filled to the brim with wit. Getting the boy is easy, keeping him is the hard part!
Tess is a fun girl with a big heart, unfortunately she is also full of phobias and watching her handle her first serious boyfriend who has introduced her to some of the grown up things that life deals with is a hoot. Eccentric isn't even the word when it comes to describing Tess, sometimes you want to hug her and other times you want her to man up and do the right things, of course it's always easier to watch from the sidelines as the athlete is the one taking the beating, making corrective comments about perfect performance, but the book forces the reader to get involved; emotionally since you care and because it's engrossing and hard to put down.
"Lost it" deals with the loss of virginity but also the loss of many other things, the theme hums through the book and picks up different themes and makes the reader realize that something else was lost or gained, part of growing and learning. I loved this book so much that I want to read everything else this author wrote, her ease of weaving the story was magnificent, I had a blast reading this and can't recommend it enough. This has some twists and turns and an ending that I couldn't wait to read, especially since the beginning tells you what lies ahead, and it's not necessarily pretty. The tension is good enough to keep the reader on their toes, and it's also a great summer book that will put a smile on anyone's face.
- Kasia S.
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Starred Review.Readers will be immediately drawn to this hilarious and heartfelt first novel about a girl who falls in love—and has her first sexual experience—and tries to let go of her fears. Tess Whistle lives in Idaho with paranoid parents, who "became born again" after a kitchen fire. The book begins with an account of how she loses her virginity, then flashes back to the start of junior year, when she expected to stay a virgin until she is "at least engaged." Tess has plenty of phobias, mostly of the natural world where she could be "torn to pieces by a pack of recently relocated gray wolves." Just before her whole life crumbles, Benjamin Easter transfers to her school. Tess falls intensely in love without realizing "that you can't depend on another person to provide your own balance." And there's no doubt that Tess's life is out of balance: Her best friend is building a bomb, claiming she wants to blow up a poodle, her parents run off to join a survival camp, and Tess tells Ben she is diabetic as way of explaining her "juvenile" apple juice box, then maintains the lie. Readers may be so busy laughing out loud at the eccentric characters and outrageous plotting that they may not realize how much they have grown to empathize with desperate Tess until her relationship is in crisis. Readers will fall in love with this offbeat story—and its rich lesson about living a life without guarantees. ...