Friday, August 8, 2014

Blog Tour Review: My Soon-to-be Sex Life by Judith Tewes

My Soon-to-be Sex Life by Judith Tewes 
Series: Standalone
Published: June 24th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: Contemporary young adult
Acquired this book: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginization campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends?

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that he is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.

In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.

I’ll admit that when I read the synopsis of My Soon-to-be Sex Life, I was equal parts shocked and curious. I thought it takes a lot of balls (in a good way) for an author to write a book like this, since sex + teenagers often equals controversy. I was curious how the subject matter would be handled, and while I didn’t love this book, I appreciated the overall message.

Charlie is a fiery, sarcastic, smart-mouthed teenage girl on a mission to lose her virginity. She has all the pieces to the puzzle, she just can’t quite figure out how to get them all together. When her mom checks herself into rehab and sends Charlie to live with her grandfather, her plans gets derailed.

Besides the humour, the thing I liked best about this book was how realistic Charlie was. She was far from perfect, she made mistakes, she did and said stupid things. She was completely believable. Nobody at that age has things figured out, especially when dealing with as much as Charlie was. I liked her best friend and her mom’s best friend, and thought they were nice additions. Eric was just okay for me. Their relationship fell flat for me, and I just couldn’t get invested in it. I wasn’t completely sure what either of them saw in each other. My favourite relationship was the one between Charlie and her grandfather. They were a great match - each of them said what they thought, and the snarky conversations they had were hilarious.

This book sort of felt like a bunch of random events thrown together. Some of them made sense, some of them not so much. There were a few things that were never really explained. Why did Charlie’s mom hate her dad so much? Why was Charlie in such a hurry to lose her virginity? Those were two main plot points, but they were never explained.

Overall, My Soon-to-be Sex Life was cute and funny. It fell flat for me in several areas, but Charlie’s spunk and sass made up for a lot of it. If you’re looking for a book with unique characters and an atypical storyline, this book might be for you.

Multi-published, award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright, Judith Tewes resides in small town Alberta, where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar in an all-woman band, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she's living the life of a superhero's alias. A commercial writer writing under several pen names, Judith’s work includes: paranormal, steampunk, and contemporary young adult fiction, as well as thriller, horror, and dramatic comedies for the stage and screen. 

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