Title: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: May 21, 2013
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One Line: A light and fun NA title that stands apart from the others out there today that I totally loved!
About the Book: This isn’t a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I’d be happy to recommend one, but I don’t have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It’s the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it’s also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Alyssa Rose Ivy. All of her titles are so much fun to read and she writes such memorable characters and plots, I can’t help but devour all of her books. I will read anything this lady writes! The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is no different. One thing you should know is Hazards is a bit different from all the other New Adult titles out there now. It’s a light and fun read without any serious undertones, which is commonplace for most NA books, so I loved that aspect of it. Here you’ve got a girl, Juliet, who received a list of things she should do before going off to college, and this story focuses on what happens after she decides to go skinny-dipping.
Juliet is a pretty fun female character. She definitely has her flaws and was somewhat of a pushover here and there, but she also held her own at times and turned out to be strong and smart girl. I also connected to her very easily. What girl hasn’t wished to hook up with her long-time crush? After spotting Juliet skinny-dipping, Dylan (a childhood friend and the crush of her teen years) admits his feelings for her and Juliet gets to live out her fantasies of being with him. Unfortunately, she soon realizes some things you’ve wanted for so long don’t turn out the way you thought they would. I admit, I love how Ivy twisted this and you see that Dylan doesn’t quite live up to all of his hype, especially in the bedroom; it’s actually pretty hilarious. I definitely did not like Dylan, at all. He was very possessive, to the point where I wanted to smack him, and was all about showing off. I’ll admit, Juliet held onto him a lot longer than I would have, but I understood why she put up with him and held out as long as she could.
This is also about Juliet’s experiences while in her first year of college. She is pledging a sorority and I loved watching her go through all the rituals and crap that they made them do. It’s through that where she meets Reed. Oh, how I loved Reed. He is definitely a sweetheart who looked out for Juliet a lot throughout the book, offering her a part-time job and just being there for her as a friend. I loved all their scenes together. I’d say the first half of of the book is about Juliet living out her dream of being with Dylan and realizing that he’s not the guy for her, which was the fun, hilarious, light part of the book. The second half is her discovering her feelings for Reed and the development of their relationship, which was the slightly emotional, but also sweet and romantic aspect of the book. I just couldn’t get enough of Reed and Juliet. Sigh…
What I really enjoyed about this book was how real it felt without being overly dramatic or emotional, because some people just have to deal with the frivolous stuff in college; like joining sororities, learning that your long-time crush isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that love can be right in front of your face and there’s nothing wrong with that. With Ivy’s impeccable ability to write an entertaining story filled with witty dialogue, exceptional characters, and an adorable romance, The Hazards of Skinny Dipping will have you glued to the pages until the very sweet and kind of risque ending.