Bliss Edwards is about to graduate college and seems to be the only one she knows who is still a virgin. Set to rectify that, she goes out with her best friend Kelsey to a bar with the intent of finding a one night stand. To Bliss’ surprise, she hits it off with a charming British man and everything seems to be going well until they’re back at her place and she freaks out, leaving him naked in her bed as she runs out of her apartment. To her bigger surprise, she shows up for her last semester of college to find that her one night stand is their new theatre professor.
Being a theatre grad myself, I was extremely interested in the premise of this story. From a conversation I had with Carmack, also a theatre grad, we discussed how there aren’t too many theatre-set books that are done accurately so she wanted to portray a more realistic approach to the stage world. I couldn’t believe how quickly I read through this book. In total, I probably finished it in about 5-6 hours, I just couldn’t put it down. Carmack had captured the chemistry between Bliss and Garrick so incredibly well that I became so invested in them in such a short time. I would have actually liked to see a bit more of their connection that wasn’t all purely physical, as hot as that tension was. Their characters seemed to evolve really quickly based on several sexually-charged encounters
Losing It was the first book that I’ve read in the growing genre of “New Adult” and I found that I quite enjoyed it. While I do read YA and Adult fiction, New Adult is definitely a demographic that’s relatively untapped. It fits a great age group that may feel too old to read YA and unconnected with reading certain Adult books. I feel like the “chick-lit” genre can sometimes be categorized as New Adult, and yet I wouldn’t consider Losing It “chick-lit” at all. Sure, there’s romance and embarrassing & awkward situations like many Bridget Jones-type books but I felt it had a lot more substance than that.
This novel set in the world of the performing arts is about making decisions as a grown up, about facing your fears and confronting inhibitions – both sexual and not. It actually reminded me a bit of the movie Center Stage – which I adored. The sequel, Faking It, is also readable as a standalone and follows Cade, Bliss’ other best friend, after graduating from theatre school.