Happy book birthday to The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy! This is such an amazing NA book. Seriously, everyone has to read this - it's so humourous and fun :D
Check out my review below, and then a giveaway!
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release date: May 21st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: Inkslinger PR
Purchase links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is absolutely fantastic! I read it all in one go, in a few hours, since I really couldn’t put it down. After reading this, I’m thinking I really need to read Alyssa’s other books, because this was amazing. Just like the previous NA book I read, this one sets itself apart from the majority of the books in the NA genre. The humour, the drama, the romance… it was all perfect.
The book starts off with, as you can guess, skinny dipping. Juliet’s cousin, Amy, gives her a sort of bucket list of things to do before starting college. The last item on the list is skinny dipping, and Juliet finally works up the courage to do it. But what she wasn’t planning on is getting caught, especially by Dylan Bradley, the guy she’s known forever and has been crushing on for years. Juliet and Dylan begin dating in college, but it’s not the dream that Juliet always thought it would be.
I feel a bit mixed about Juliet. On the one hand, she’s funny, quirky, and bold, and I really liked her attitude. She’s not afraid to say just what she thinks, most of the time anyway. And she’s generally really likeable. But I didn’t like the way she is with Dylan. She lets him boss her around and treat her badly, just because it’s Dylan freaking Bradley. Juliet has always put him on a very high pedestal, and she doesn’t know what to do when he’s not as perfect as she believed. Perfect in what, you ask? Well, sex. And Juliet puts up with it for months!
I absolutely loved Reed, though. He’s a Kappa, part of the frat that hangs out with Juliet’s sorority, Delta Mu. Initially, he seemed intimidating and kind of an ass, but as Juliet got to know him, I started falling for him, too. Reed gives Juliet a job at the pizza place he works, and consequently plants the metaphorical seed of a beautiful friendship. And more, of course there was more! I love how protective he is of Juliet, and the two of them are so perfect together. They’re so comfortable with each other, and their banter is hilarious. Reed is a really sweet guy, and he’s the main reason I loved this book so much.
I guess I should talk a little about Dylan, too, since he’s essential to the story. Dylan’s a complete ass, but he’s just so pathetic I couldn’t help laughing at him in pretty much every scene! I found him hilarious – his neediness, his over-confidence in himself, and there was this one scene involving handcuffs where I just burst out laughing. I couldn’t help it. I actually wish Juliet had worked up the courage to tell Dylan he was bad in bed, just to see his reaction!
It was really cool to see the workings of the Greek system in a college, because I’ve never read much about that in books before. The bitchiness of the Delta Mu president and the horrible stuff that pledges have to do made me decide that I definitely do not want to join a sorority in college! I never planned on it, anyway. But some aspects of it do seem quite fun. Juliet and Reed’s relationship is the best part about this book. Yeah, they have misunderstandings that almost broke my heart, but I’m glad they make it through. They really deserve each other. And Juliet deserves someone like Reed after someone like Dylan! The Hazards of Skinny Dipping ends with, you guessed it, skinny dipping, and I think it’s the perfect ending to the book. I’d actually love to read a sequel with Juliet and Reed, with an all-new storyline, but I’m happy with this being a standalone. It works great as one. You guys really have to read this book if you enjoy NA, because you cannot miss out on Reed!
*Thank you to Kelly Simmon at Inkslinger PR for providing me with an ARC for review*
About the author:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
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