ARC Review & Giveaway: My Soon to be Sex Life-Judith Tewes


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“Leading Google searches say most girls lose it by the age of sixteen. I’m seventeen, Roach. If it’s going to happen any second anyway, I just want to be smart about it. I want to do it on my terms. Hell, if a guy was out to lose it, there’d be friends cheering him on, making bets, and lots of the wink, wink, nudge, nudge.” I sucked in an offended breath. “A girl wants to and everyone suddenly needs to know, why? Didn’t we already have a sexual revolution?”

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“From the beginning I’d wanted full ownership of losing it, but now I realized, I wanted more. I wanted to be fully alive and loving every second. I wanted to feel more than lust. To give myself, to be vulnerable. Raw. Real.”

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Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry-poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginization campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, the aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to date when she has to go pick up his Depends?

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that he is the one, not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her. 

In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own-right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose. 

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4/5 Stars

My Soon to be Sex Life is a sassy, quick-witted, in-your-face read. It’s vulgar, brutally honest, and oozes sarcasm. Beneath the light-hearted surface is something deeper-a profound and powerful look into the heart of a young woman trying to gain some semblance of control in her crumbling life situation and her body is one of the few things she feels she has ownership over. If you’re looking for uproarious laughter, brilliant quips, and an honest portrait of a rash, brash, seventeen-year-old minx out to lose her virginity at all costs, this it definitely for you.

PROS:

  • My Soon to be Sex Life is a joy to read. It’s quick, funny, full of wonderful lines, sharp banter, and bold statements. During my time reading this, I was having a serious meltdown with my boyfriend and this helped me, I couldn’t not laugh. It was bold, lively, acerbic, and insanely catchy, everything about Charlie and her quest pulls you in and will leave you smiling. 
  • Apart from her quick temper, Charlie (Charlotte Webb, I pretty much died when I read that), is a confident, fiery, blunt, sexual, and overall feisty female protagonist. She puts herself out there, she’s committed to her goal, and is so driven by it that she makes choices she might not have originally made.Charlie has some of the most comical, laugh-out-loud, crazy lines I’ve ever read. The girl is a comedic genius. While it is typically crass, sexual, and inappropriate, sometimes innuendo sometimes graphic, the lines are creative and totally memorable. You know the moment in films and books when the main character gets him/herself into a particularly embarrassing and awkward situation where you have to avert your eyes, cringe, and hide your head in solidarity shame for the protagonist? Charlie is a master at these scenes. The elevator. That is all.
  • What’s equally amazing and admirable about this book is the subtle social commentary. So much is being said and written so flawlessly that it’s not only thought-provoking, it doesn’t feel like it’s preachy or being forced on you either. Virginity is a passionate, heated subject, one that can turn friends into enemies, can pit parents against children, can make girls and boys alike feel ostracized or unworthy or maybe even too worthy. I fell in love with the quote above about the sexual revolution because it’s not only accurate, it’s spot on and I think many YA writers are afraid to tackle this subject because not only does it deal with the very real reality of teen sex but it’s a touchy topic.Kudos, Judith Tewes, thanks for bringing up feminism and teen sex in a way that’s relatable, emotional, and completely honest. The way virginity seems to be a wholly female subject of scrutiny and judgement is something that should be addressed and from the male side as well. Their expectations from their peers and even adults can be just as damaging. 
  • Charlie’s vulnerability and sadness is heartbreaking. For the most part, Charlie is a rock, she’s independent and strong, she rolls with the punches and scoffs at things that would make the average girl bawl her eyes out and avoid school for a week. Charlie is a take charge woman on a mission but when she finally herself up to the reality, taking a harsh look at the truth, it’s like a sucker punch in the stomach. Charlie is a confused, growing young woman who has ideas about what she wants, whose  past has forced her to make choices and ones that may be misguided. Charlie’s relationship with her mother is complex and full of depth. The multidimensional, aching sense of love and resentment, the true, dark thoughts about her mother’s depression and her feelings of rejection are compelling to read and a little hard to chew but that’s what makes them have such an honest, real impact.
  • Eric’s role is brief but leaves a lasting impression. The chemistry between Charlie and Eric bursts off the pages, a fiery hot mess of carnal lust and passion. Their make out scenes are sizzling, it’s when they start to talk that things get awkward real quick but in that teasing, shy way that’s both endearing and blush-worthy.
  • Roach and her family are interesting. As a very religious family with strong beliefs about morals, virginity and humanity, Owen and Roach are covert, sneaky, snarky misfits. Roach is just as blunt as Charlie but she’s got a bad girl side that Charlie doesn’t come close to. Roach is a rebel and her friendship with Charlie is so natural and fitting it’s not hard to imagine them as people you’ve met or have been friends with IRL.

CONS:

  • Charlie is almost too spontaneous, she tends to rush into things, blurt out everything she’s feeling at the moment, and for a girl who has absolutely no filter, it can be really hurtful. Her anger is fierce but sort of flip-flops. One minute she’s full on enraged, ready to take people out, throwing punches (sometimes knees to groins) and lashing out with her words, others she laughs it off, barely reflecting on the issue. For the most part, this adds to the overall comedy except for when her mom is in rehab. Charlie can’t get a grip on the situation and in order to deal, she pokes fun at the whole issue and it does not always come off well.
  • It was unbelievable how easily Charlie got over what would be seriously devastating social faux pas in high school and bullying. She sulks for a minute and then it’s like nothing happened. It takes a while for Charlie to learn that her actions have consequences and it’s not pretty, she learns the hard way.

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Judith Tewes AuthorWebsite/Facebook/Facebook Author Page/Twitter/TUMBLR/Goodreads

Multi-published, award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright, Judith Tewes resides in small town Alberta, where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar in an all-woman band, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she’s living the life of a superhero’s alias. A commercial writer writing under several pen names, Judith’s work includes: paranormal, steampunk, and contemporary young adult fiction, as well as thriller, horror, and dramatic comedies for the stage and screen.

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review & Giveaway: My Soon to be Sex Life-Judith Tewes

  1. Excellent review! Hadn’t heard of this book, and wouldn’t really have gone for it based on the title, but from your review it sounds like a very interesting read. 🙂

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