Losing it by Cora Carmack
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: October 2012
Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards 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 theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.
The main character is a college senior- Bliss – who, according to her best friend, Kelsey, is not living life, simply because she is still a virgin. Bliss is not a sheltered girl fresh from the convent, and she has no confidence issues. In fact, she is very confident, just as one has to be when studying Theatre Arts. She good friends, is generally liked, and she is very attractive.
(I’m not a college student yet, but I believe that college students, especially the ones that have just a little time left before they graduate, have priorities- priorities that don’t include losing their virginity. I’m pretty sure that was Bliss’ reasoning; that and the fact that she just wasn’t ready.)
So Kelsey devises a plan for her to “get laid”. They go out to a bar, where they see lots of guys, who look available. But Bliss, in all her strangeness, does not pick the cute bartender who is striving for her attention; she picks the weird (but cute) guy, who is sitting in a corner, reading Shakespeare. I’ll give her one for taste, though. Garrick is British, with a sexy accent, and totally gorgeous.
Fast forward to where Bliss discovers that Garrick, the guy who she had left hanging after picking up that fateful night, is her new professor. Feeling ashamed of her very present virginity, Bliss lies to keep up her pretence of experience. This ruins the chances of a relationship with Garrick, who, although is madly in love with her, is frustrated by her. By now, we already know that Bliss returns Garrick’s feelings of love.
This turn of events in the novel makes me feel really sorry for Garrick, as Bliss seems a little confused at what she wants. I feel even sorrier for Cade, her other best friend, who has been in love with her for a while. As they say, unrequited love is really hard to bear.
Story Conclusion: After Bliss and Garrick have sorted themselves out, they move to Philadelphia and are moving up in theatre arts. Having finally lost “it”, the story comes to an end when Garrick proposes marriage. This part of the book is the epilogue, which is seen from Garrick’s point of view. This tactic by the author clearly conveys Garrick’s fear at that moment, and it is nice to be able to tell what he’s thinking.