Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Released: July 24th, 2014
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 is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.
I've enjoyed every Bloomsbury Spark book I've read so far, and My Soon-To-Be Sex Life is no exception. It features a snarky teenager, a hot boy and lots of sarcasm - basically everything I could ever want in a contemporary novel. Although it isn't my favourite release from this imprint, it's a good, quick read that has some truly standout moments.
Charlie makes a list of potential boys who are up to the job of taking her virginity. The opening chapter gets straight to the nitty gritty of this, if you will, but after that her little quest seems to fall to the wayside. I was expecting it to play more of a major part in the plot, mainly because of how much importance is placed on the list at the beginning of the book. Charlie's mum going into rehab puts the brakes on everything, though, so I'm guessing that's why it takes a back seat.
Charlie's home life is an interesting part of this book, with her mother checking herself into rehab, her father gone and her somewhat estranged grandad now being her primary caregiver. It's a complicated situation for everyone, but she tries to deal with it as best she can. When she meets Eric, an ex-rehab patient, everything changes for her and she opens herself up to new opportunities and experiences. Eric is a great character, damaged but absolutely lovely, and I wish he'd featured more.
I appreciated Charlie's sarcasm and her straightforward approach to everything life threw at her; I really liked her, but wasn't too keen on her family. I didn't take to any of them, not even Monty her grandad who needed her more than she thought. They were okay, but nothing drew me to them like I wanted it to.
My Soon-To-Be Sex Life is far from perfect, but it's an enjoyable read that bridges the gap between YA and NA. It's funny, honest and has more than a couple of swoonworthy moments between Charlie and Eric, as well as a few puzzling ones too (their first meeting left me scratching my head). I'll be on the lookout for more from Judith Tewes, and you should be too.