Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Review: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling

Title: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Publisher: Te Da Media
Publish Date: October 17, 2012

Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally's alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.

This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.” ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling is a total guilty pleasure. This book is short and sweet, but with a lot of heart. Well, maybe it's not so sweet, considering Sam's way with women. It's told from the alternating views of Sam and his best friend/protege Ally. And it's totally the opposite of most "good girl falls for bad boy" books. I was hooked right from the synopsis, and I ended up reading this book in just a few hours. I couldn't put it down. It's downright hilarious and will hold your attention from beginning to the very end.

I'll admit, even though I totally loved the book, it could have had a little more... substance to it. There's lots of wit and snark and awesome characters who make me smile, but not a whole lot of depth to the writing. But the story itself more than made up for that in my eyes. In fact, I saw something I wasn't sure even existed in YA novels. A girl standing up for herself against her love interest. And I mean actually making the guy work for the happy ending. No "I love you so fall over yourself to be with me" or "I'm hot so forget that I'm a total scumbag" insta-love here. I loved how Ally had a backbone when it came to Sam. Which was a giant contrast to the way she acted with other guys throughout the book. I mean, she never bowed down to a guy, not even her first boyfriend Jeremy, but she just had an easier time telling Sam what she wanted. He was her best friend, after all. 
P.S. I'm totally in love with that cover! A fist bump? Yes! It basically sums up Ally and Sam's friendship. They're buds first, everything else second.

This was one of the first books I've ever read where I seriously doubted the happy ending for the characters. I've even read books where there was no happy ending in sight, yet still I believed that they would find one somehow. But Ally and Sam just have this... way about them. I couldn't decide whether they would grow old together or tear each other's heads off. It made for a really fun and addictive read.

I'd recommend Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls for anyone who wants a fun and sexy journey into the mind of a very screwed up, but totally lovable teenage guy. There is a lot, and I mean a lot, of sexual situations in this book, including a scene at a sex store (that was pretty hilarious, I might add). So I suggest this book for the older crowd. There's nothing graphic at all, but it's pretty lewd at times. (As teenage boys are known to be from time to time.) It was an awesome book though, so if you're up for it, I suggest digging into Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls as soon as you can get your hands on it!

Also. Best. Book Trailer. Ever. Just saying.

Check out Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls at these sites!

Amazon • B&N • Goodreads


  1. Great review! I will have to pick this up :)

  2. This one really seems cute, and you made it totally appealing, Jesse! Before this review I honestly was ready to dismiss this book. Now I think I need to think again!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  3. I loved Sam Cruz! And I love this review - you're so right that while it was snarky and witty and sexy, it still needed just a touch more substance. But as a fluffy, fun read - it was amazing!

    Thanks for sharing that book trailer - hands down the best trailer I've ever seen!

  4. This is the second review I've seen for this one. I'm writing it down for when I'm in the mood for something fun.

  5. I've not heard of this one. I am getting into the contemporarys now, so this sounds great. Your review has won me over:)


  6. This book's blurb just makes me smile! It sounds like an incredibly cute contemporary. It's definitely one of those guilty pleasure ones, but it's too cute to ignore! Definitely going to check this one out!

    Great review! Thanks for sharing this book!!

    -Angie @YA Novelties

  7. Great review! I have never heard of this book but this sounds good. I love books that are hilarious and filled with snark! Definitely going to check this out!

  8. WOW I didn't see the trailer before and you're right the trailer is AWESOME! :)

    I really enjoyed this too!

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  9. I haven't heard of this book before but I'm loving the trailer alone. Great review!


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