Sam has a system. He has a set of rules so he doesn’t have to do the relationship part of relationships with girls. For him, it works really well. When his best friend since babyhood, Ally, gets dumped by her self-absorbed, protest-attending vegan boyfriend on her birthday, she decides that maybe she should follow Sam’s rules to stop being such a doormat with guys. And she starts by trying to kiss Sam and asking him to sleep with her.
This is about enjoying myself without getting hurt. Screw around then screw off. You’re the veritable master. So teach me.
This proposal has a certain amount of appeal to Sam. Can he teach a girl his rules? And, more importantly, can she live by them?
After Ally submits to a makeover from top to bottom to underneath, Sam is shocked to discover that he is attracted to Ally himself. Ally, however, is loving all of the attention she is receiving and is taking on her new role with aplomb. In addition to sleeping with Sam (and leaving soon after, just like his rules dictate), she hooks up with a couple of other guys as well. Sam is certain that he never wants to be in a relationship, but why is he feeling the way he does? Can friends stay friends when the benefits are added to the mix?
Clocking in at less than 200 pages (Kindle version), this cute, light story asks the age-old question: can two people have a sexual relationship without at least one of the participants wanting it to become something more? It also asks this: can you lose the “friend” part of the equation when there are no expectations of a relationship?
The narrators of the chapters ping-pong back and forth between Sam and Ally. This is the perfect way to present the story because as the reader, you can see how both sides react to the each of the situations that naturally arise. The humor, the secondary characters and Ally finding herself are engaging and real.
The only negative is how quickly the events happened at the end of the book. I won’t spoil it for you, but the conclusion seemed a bit rushed. I think the events would have been more believable if there had been a couple chapters or more before the finale.
And I love the cover.
3.5 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System)
Genres: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance
Ages: 14 and up
You might want to know: Be forewarned that this book is about sex. There are many sexual situations and conversations about sexual situations. This book also contains profanity and drinking.
Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling was published October 17, 2012 by Te Da Media. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.