Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

Title: Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Source: Library
Publication date: October 15, 2012

This is how I knew Losing It was the book for me:

I was going to have sex.
With a boy.
A hot boy.
A hot BRITISH boy.
Or maybe I was going to throw up.
What if I threw up on the hot British boy?
What if I threw up on the hot British boy DURING SEX?

At 22, Bliss doesn’t want to be a virgin, but she doesn’t really want to have sex either. When her best friend Kelsey challenges her to lose her virginity to a one-night stand, Bliss pulls a Meredith Grey and chooses the worst possible man in the room. Unlike Meredith, Bliss can’t go through with it and runs out, leaving a naked Garrick in her bed.

The next morning she finds out he’s her new teacher.

The story, with both the teacher/student relationship trope and the virgin heroine trope, isn’t very original, but it kept me reading because I love Bliss’s voice. She knows when she’s being ridiculous, she owns it, and yet she can’t seem to stop herself. Although she’s not completely inexperienced, she’s awkward and that extends beyond romance to her entire life. In the last semester of her senior year of college, Bliss is torn between going into stage management or acting. All of her friends seem to have it figured out, so why doesn’t she?

Losing It captures the uncertainty of the end of senior year (in either high school or college) perfectly. How do you know what path to take? What if you pick the wrong one? What will you do without your old, familiar friends? I’m not really interested in theater, but Losing It made it compelling and I actually about cared what Bliss would choose. I cared about her friends in the theater department. It was nice to see how close they all were. I majored in finance and there wasn’t any of that. These people didn’t just spend time together in class, but they rehearsed together (which takes up much more time than any study group), they went out together, and a lot of them even lived in the same apartment building as Bliss.

Garrick is supportive and caring, even though Bliss puts him through a lot. She runs hot and cold with him, knowing that she wants him and knowing that their relationship is taboo until she graduates. He has a lot of patience with her, maybe a little too much to be realistic. But he wants her too, so he’s willing to forgive, and to wait for Bliss to come around.

Although I’ve read some great new adult books (anything by Ginger Scott), I’m always nervous going into a new one. My early experiences with it resulted in a spate of DNFs and left me skittish. I had heard that Cora Carmack’s Losing It series is good, but I hadn’t paid much attention until I spotted Losing It and Faking It in the library on Friday. I checked them both out. I read Losing It on Saturday. I immediately placed a hold on their ecopy of the novella Keeping Her. It became available on Sunday (a fact I found out while writing this review), so I set aside Faking It and am reading that now. I have holds on Finding It (interlibrary loan) and its novella Seeking Her. If the rest of the books are as good as Losing It, I do not know what I will do when I am finished with this series. Cry, probably.

five stars



  1. Just like you I loved this book because of Bliss her voice and her awkwardness. And that scene where they almost have sex and she starts talking about the cat, brilliant! And it captured that uncertainity of the end of school very well. Great review!
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  2. I’m so glad you liked it. I didn’t really enjoy it, but I’m still looking for the right NA book.
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