Review: A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY


A TOTALLY AKWARD LOVE STORY
by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Published: May 3rd 2016 
Publisher: Delacorte
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥

For fans of The DUFF, this hilarious and true-to-teen romance is Broad City meets Judy Blume.
 
The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him. He’s cute and makes her laugh like crazy. She just wishes she’d caught his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal.
 
For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start for a million reasons. But for five minutes his luck changes: in a fancy restroom painted purple like it belongs in a Bond villain hideaway, Sam falls head over heels for some strange and hilarious girl. Of course, he doesn’t know her name. With his luck, he’ll never see her again, and he’ll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever. 
 
But another chance meeting brings them together, only to have a chance misunderstanding drive them apart . . . and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble even getting together


My Thoughts:

OH MY GOSH you guys! This book was a total sleeper and you do not want to miss it! Such a cute summer kickoff story. I buddy-read this with two other girlfriends who were also feeling burnt out and in need of a reset book. Two of us read primarily horror/paranormal and one reads primarily contemporary but all three of us agree that this book is a LOBSTER for everyone (hehe - inside book joke). I'll share some of their thoughts with you, as if I weren't convincing enough!

The hardest part about reading this book was the actual buddy read. None of us wanted to put it down. My cat, Eris, didn't agree.


That transition to adulthood is equally exciting and scary, right? Everyone is doing it at their own pace but it certainly doesn't feel that way so it's easy to understand why Hannah and Sam are at a race to grow up and find their lobsters - their mate for life. We cut the book into 5 parts and here are some of our thoughts along the way:

Day 1: 

This book makes me want to be British. I would also settle for being able to pull off a convincing British accent. Because really, if you're going to hold cans of Tresseme to your vagina, you need to have a British accent. Not that I'm doing that. High-ten anyone?

SQUEE this book is exactly what I need right now. I love Hannah and Sam's conversation about greetings because I'm totally that person that fumbles the handshake that turns into a hug.

Day 2:

I want to simultaneously beat Hannah with a slipper, and give her a hug, and say, "Preach, sister. I would have said the same stupid thing." And can we just talk about how much loathing I'm developing for Stella? She should not be anyone's best friend. She needs to be locked in a room with a therapist and no mirrors for at least six months.

So dang cute. I'm totally going to be Nan when I grow up.

Day 3: 

Hmmm... Twists!


Today was the hardest to put down because !!! 1. Stella really is the worst but then again, don't we all have that friend? I think I maybe even am that friend to some. 2. Robin's dating advice is both hilarious and awful. Which means it's double hilarious. 3. Sam's "encounter." I'm pretty sure most girls have had that type of experience with a guy. I wish it was more normalized and that girls knew how not to react. 4. Everyone needs a Casper. Someone where there's no ego, no competition and you can just let it all out. His speech to her about boys? <3 LOVE

Day 4:


Casper is my favorite, hands down.

Today's selection was a literal roller coaster that I did not want to get off of. Ending at page 240 was so hard and I'm SO GLAD tomorrow I get to finish this book because I need to know how everything ends! So many tabs in this section. I wanted to make so many notes that amounted to SQUEE or OMG or SWOON. Very deep thoughts here.

Day 5:

New life goal: Become Nan. Those sequin shirts just look better and better every year.





Also, we did our own casting over Twitter, which my husband decided to join in on. He's frequently the victim of my awful dramatic readings so even though he doesn't read with me, he still gets the gist of what's going on. 


Growing up is hard but we all made it! Tell us about your lobster...At 18, were you convinced you had found THE ONE? 

4 comments:

  1. I read this book on a road trip and finished it the same day. I laughed out loud in so many places and really loved the characters. Fun book and that's what I needed that day.

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    1. Right!? It's such a great experience and so much more than I thought it would be. Glad you liked it :)

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  2. I now have this book in my audible account and it's my next listen. Im kicking myself for not reading it sooner.

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    1. That's the thing about this book...Even though it has a cool cover, it seems people just didn't pick it up! I'm glad to see you're going to read it :)

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