Friday, December 7, 2012
Losing It by Cora Carmack: A Review
There is a new wave of fiction sweeping the web called new adult fiction - usually involving early-twenty-somethings - and Losing It is leading the way in this new category. It has received an incredible amount of buzz around the web and everyone who reads it seems to be totally in love with it. So of course I had to read it to see what all the buzz was about.
First, let me say that I really enjoyed this book. It was a good read with an interesting premise, but there were some places where it just left me flat. The build-up was great: Bliss, a college senior, is determined to lose her virginity before she graduates and the guy she chooses to do the deed - but ultimately skips out on - turns out to be her new professor. This alone should provide a great deal of tension, not to mention the - sometimes taxing - friendships she maintains with some of her classmates and fellow thespians-in-training. But this is where it falls a little flat for me.
After that great build-up, it sort of evened off and then nothing spectacular really happened. The threat of being caught in a relationship and the possible repercussions - he could lose his job, she could be expelled - was down-played to the point of nonexistance and the story kind of inched along until she inevitably graduated, at which point, there could no longer be any objection to their being together. So although I think the author missed out on a chance to really ramp up the tension - and therefore the excitement - of the story with this scenario, I still enjoyed reading this book, would definitely recommend it to others, and look forward to what comes next in this author's portfolio.