Book Review: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls

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recommendedTitle: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Published: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Te Da Media
ASIN: B009CG1QYW
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

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 YA romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.
This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”

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Tellulah Darling noun 1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating. 2. Alter ego of former screenwriter. 3. Sassy minx. Geeks out over: cool tech. Squees for: great storytelling. Delights in: fabulous conversation. Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues. Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

Tellulah Darling
noun
1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.
Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

I bought this book mainly because I love the author’s name – Tellulah Darling. Her author image was pretty nice too, and her writeup about herself got me pretty much hooked. So I wanted to try out one of her books. Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls (that’s a mouthful) is her debut novel and her only stand-alone book as of now, and that’s why I pretty much chose it.

I will be honest that I was afraid to read this book because it was marked as new adult, and it advertises lots of “bow chicka wow wow.” I am happy to say that this isn’t one of those books that take a great amount of details on the sex scenes. However, there are a lot of innuendos, strong language, and the like so if that is not your thing, then you might not like this book. I, however, liked it because it just kept on making me laugh.

For me, this book was laugh-out-loud hilarious, which isn’t a pretty sight when you’re reading on your phone in public. People might think I’m crazy, but I don’t care. This book was worth it! I love Tellulah Darling’s quirky and witty writing. I love how she plays with language, and uses pop culture references in this book. There is just really a lot of vulgar display and language, but I grew up around a lot of boys so I just learn to laugh at these kinds of things.

This book is filled with teenage angst, where relationships confuse the characters. Should we really bother to form emotional bonds with other people? My answer is yes of course, but I won’t tell you what the book has to say~

I think that this is told in two very stereotypical points of view – a very manly man and a very girly girl – in terms of emotions and how they think. Sam is definitely not the kind of guy that I would fall in love with. He’s a player who goes for a lot of one-night-stands. He hates the emotional baggage that comes with most girls. He has a lot of personal issues. He’s just one of those kinds of guys who think women are crazy. However, he’s honest and he’s a great best friend, for the most part anyway. He grows along the way despite strongly fighting it. Ally, on the other hand, is the emotional kind of girl despite wanting to be like Sam. She was also the kind that submits to her boyfriend, but she uses that as a motivation to empower herself. She wanted to be reckless after her boyfriend left her for another girl so she went from a sloppy nerd to a hottie. But somewhere along the lines, she finds that she’s neither.

I love Sam and Ally’s best friend relationship. I can totally see myself in their shoes. They have been together forever and they see each other as brother and sister. They are open with each other about anything that they can go on jokingly insult one another. But they really love each other and care for each other. I love their dynamics with playful banter and pulling pranks on each other. It was definitely fun to read about.

I love the old nosy adults in the diner where Sam and Ally hang out a lot. They had these commentaries about what was going on with Sam and Ally, and they were just really adorable and funny. I think they were my favorite part of the book~

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OVERALL, I love the whole book until the ending. There were some moments that got a little frustrating, but not enough to hate this book. I think I just really wanted things to work out for them. This book mostly won me over for making me laugh so hard, and for making me love the characters that I didn’t like in the beginning of the book. Tellulah Darling did not disappoint, and I would consider reading her other books in the future.

And now here’s a lovely book trailer:

RATING:

4-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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