Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

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Title: Losing It

Author: Cora Carmack

Published: HarperCollins January 2013

Synopsis: Virginity. Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible—a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half a brain would ever believe
And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theater professor.
She’d left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier. . . .

Status: Read from January 19 to 20, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy HarperCollins/Edelweiss}

My Thoughts:
To bridge the gap between young adult and adult fiction, publishers have defined the New Adult genre as one with protagonists aged around 18-25, experiencing the challenges of moving past adolescence and transitioning into adulthood.
Losing It was a self published novel chosen by HarperCollins to essentially launch their New Adult line, surprising everyone when it reached the New York Times bestseller list.

Bliss Edwards is 22 and on the verge of completing her Theater major. While she is still undecided about the direction she wants to take after graduation, she knows she doesn’t want to leave college a virgin and a one night stand seems to be the answer. It’s the handsome stranger reading Shakespeare at the bar that gets her attention, Garrick’s English accent makes her swoon and a few drinks give her the courage to invite him home, and into her bed. In the midst of passion, Bliss panics and flees with the flimsiest of excuses, leaving behind a bemused Garrick. The only balm for Bliss’s embarrassment is the she is unlikely to ever see Garrick again, until he is introduced as the new associate professor in her next class.

I’m a torn with this novel but at (not quite) twice the protagonist’s age (eek),  much of it is probably a generational discord. I’m not really comfortable with the casual approach to one night stands and hook ups and it bothers me that virginity is portrayed as a burden. In my view, sex is an expression of intimacy rather than a form of recreation and while I have no objections to sex outside of marriage or anything, I do think it should be reserved for a relationship. I realise this will probably seem horribly old fashioned, but for someone’s first time especially, trust, love and commitment makes the experience so much better.

In Losing It, it all turns out okay for Bliss though lust turns into true love a little quicker that is believable.
I did find the characters likeable. Bliss is painfully awkward at times and a little less mature than I would expect for her stage of life but I could sympathise with her insecurities.
Despite Bliss’s last minute panic, Garrick is understanding and patient, and likes Bliss enough to not only wait til she is ready but pursue her without the promise that he will ever ‘get some’. Now that is a guy I can admire.
The main conflict – Garrick is Bliss’s teacher and liaisons between staff and students are frowned upon – is a little soft. There isn’t really any sense of tension because of it surrounding the relationship and not a great deal of concern from either character about the possible consequences either.

I can see why Losing It appeals to it’s demographic (there are hundreds of gushing reviews on Goodreads from YA bloggers), Cormack writes frankly about first love, sex and gives her protagonists a fairytale ending. I just found it a little empty and I still think Judy Blume’s Forever is the quintessential novel of those that explore first relationships in fiction.

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