Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Published: May 21st 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
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Synopsis: 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.

Review: When a book taunt you like some sort of challenge, telling you that it’s different or the book is about something like this, or like that. I take the bait. So when I saw the blurb of this book and it says that it’s not ‘a deep book about first loves or self-discovery.’ I took the challenge I wanted this to book to prove it to me that it isn’t cut out like the rest. That if I want what it says I’ll get. I will get the honesty.

Turned out, it did. The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy isn’t a deep book. But isn’t shallow either. It’s a light read, something breezy and easy to read and relax with. It is also not about first love. It’s about that in order to find the right guy you have to experience bumps in the road. But the ride is worth it. It is also not about self-discovery, but not because it’s not about that doesn’t mean she didn’t discover anything relevant. Because she still did.

This book is about the hazards of skinny-dipping…to your heart.

Juliet’s cousin Amy gave her a list to do before she goes to college. She successfully did everything in the list expect for one: Skinny dipping. When she finally did it, a guy, her long time crush found her—things led them from the water to bed. But sleeping with Dylan was everything but romantic and pleasurable. Juliet left that night but seeing him again in the university made her reconsider, until Reed, the guy who keep telling her that she’s more worthy than what Dylan is giving her.

There is so much about it that I liked. The simplicity of the story is a breath of fresh air. Do the two of them have problems? Yes, they do have it too but unlike in other NA book sthat seems to be camouflaging painful events of their characters as deep personalities, the book focuses the straightforwardness of its characters. The simple portrayal of what they are is something I truly appreciated. NA could be fun, it’s not  only about complications and heavy issues. And this book has just proved it to me. It could work. It’s a possibility

There’s nothing much to say than I liked it. And yes, it all started with skinny dipping and ended up with Juliet being in the pool and still skinny dipping. But what matters is who’s with her now when she does it. Again.