Book Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Bliss Edwards is a virgin. About to graduate and not wanting to hold on to her V-card for much longer, she comes up with the solution to her problem: a one-night stand. The idea is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible.

Her plan is already flawed in so many ways, and when she meets a gorgeous guy – who’s reading poetry in a bar – she feels her luck is in.

Losing It By Cora Carmack Book cover

Smart. Young. Gorgeous. Has an accent. (this didn’t do it for me for obvious reasons, she’s an American girl, the guy a Brit…) What could possibly go wrong?

She gets him back to her apartment, he gets very naked, and she runs – literally freaks out and bolts. There’s a lie about a pet cat and it’s all rather amusing.

Hoping to just lie to her best friend and make out the V-card has officially been swiped she heads to her first class of the year, to find a new, British, professor.

Don’t worry I haven’t ruined anything, we know that it’s teacher that she met in the bar from the blurb on the back of the book.

Losing It was a book I purchased on the cheap a while back, and I admit I have only got round to reading it now. It’s a nice easy read, and is by no means a porno.

It’s nice to laugh at the awkwardness of Bliss, and the near obsession of teacher made my mind wonder at least…

She can however be a tad annoying, the obsessively over-thinking everything was a bit far-fetched, considering she was willing to give it up to any randomer once she was wasted enough. But, I get that she is the female protagonist and that she was obviously nervous and falling hard.

Here are a few snippets of what to expect:

“When I asked a classmate for a rubber, you call them erasers, everyone laughed so hard that I was ready to board a flight straight back to London.” – Garrick

“Let me get this straight… you didn’t have a cat? Did you get a cat just so that you  wouldn’t have to tell me you were a virgin?” – Garrick

I really did enjoy this book and I fully intend on purchasing the rest of the series. It was fun and awkward all at the same time and you can’t blame the poor girl for trying. I imagine a few of us are guilty of a little crush on Sir after all…

– love Carla x

Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl

12 June 1942: I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”  – Anne Frank

German-Jewish teenager Anne Frank was just 15 when she died in Bergen-Belsen.Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl

This book is a memoir of the young teen’s final two years living in a secret annex above her father’s office in Amsterdam.

From the mind of such an intelligent young girl who aspired to one day be a writer, Anne Frank explores puberty, love, and the naïve hope that one day she will see the outside world again.

Knowing the people that she writes about are real, and died at the hands of the Nazis, really brings her story into perspective. Readers can connect with her as a person who has no shame in talking about her love of popular culture. I fear that in this day and age, she probably would have been a ‘Belieber’. Sigh.

It is still unknown exactly when she died, but her date of death is believed to have been just two months before Bergen-Belsen was liberated by the British, and there she lies, in an unmarked mass grave.

It comes as no surprise that this book has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated in to 67 languages. Anne’s writing is poignant, witty and touching. This is an inspirational and heart-wrenching book, and it should be read by everyone.

I purchased this special 70th anniversary edition from the Anne Frank Huis Museumkaart gift shop on my travels to Amsterdam. See my travel guide here for more information.

– love Carla x