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"It’s part 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,' part 'American Pie,' with a dry humor that’ll keep you flipping." –The Skimm
A poignant, hilarious novel that Maggie Shipstead calls "charming... witty and insightful," about a woman who still has her virginity at the age of twenty-six, and the summer she's determined to lose itand find herself.
“A candid yet funny take on just what desire and love mean.” –The Millions
Julia Greenfield has a problem: she's twenty-six years old and she's still a virgin. Sex ought to be easy. People have it all the time! But, without meaning to, she made it through college and into adulthood with her virginity intact. Something's got to change.
To re-route herself from her stalled life, Julia travels to spend the summer with her mysterious aunt Vivienne in North Carolina. It's not long, however, before she unearths a confounding secret—her 58 year old aunt is a virgin too. In the unrelenting heat of the southern summer, Julia becomes fixated on puzzling out what could have lead to Viv's appalling condition, all while trying to avoid the same fate.
For readers of Rainbow Rowell and Maria Semple, and filled with offbeat characters and subtle, wry humor, Losing It is about the primal fear that you just. might. never. meet. anyone. It's about desiring something with the kind of obsessive fervor that almost guarantees you won't get it. It's about the blurry lines between sex and love, and trying to figure out which one you're going for. And it's about the decisions—and non-decisions—we make that can end up shaping a life.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Emma Rathbone is the author of the novel The Patterns of Paper Monsters. She is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Grant in Fiction, and her work can also be seen in the New Yorker. She is also a writer for the upcoming Netflix comedy, G.L.O.W., produced by Jenji Kohan. She lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The story was simple, but the authors writing style pulls you in. Read the book in one day, loved it!
The main character is self absorbed and shallow. It is difficult to feel for her and her obsession with her virginity.
The blurb intrigued me and I was pleased to be able to read this as part of a blog tour. I’m not really sure how to categorise it other than a light easy read to fill a few hours. Julia is twenty-six and comes across as self-obsessed, not a particularly nice person and the only thing she tends to worry about is losing her virginity! At times during the book I did want to tell her if she was a little nicer and thought of other people rather than herself it might just happen! She isn’t happy in her current job (surprise!) she used to be a competitive swimmer when younger but failed to make the grade for the Olympics .. another side of her which indicates if she doesn’t get what she wants she throws a strop. With a sense of failure, not belonging or knowing what she wants to do she is a bit of a lost soul. So she heads back ‘home’ but to her dismay her parent’s have rented out the home so they can travel .. Julia finds herself with no option than to go visit her Aunt Viv for the summer. They are virtual strangers and the majority of the story revolves around their terribly awkward relationship. Julia manages to find a job, goes on some disastrous dates all with the expectation one of them will want sex! It’s only as she begins to unravel the curious behaviour of Viv she realises she is also a virgin. I never grew to like Julia I was hopeful that by the end I may be feeling her plight but her selfish behaviour especially towards Viv left me just wanting her to get ‘it’ over and done with. I’m not sure about Viv, she was a character with potential which we didn’t manage to unveil. The book itself is written ok, it does get more engaging nearer the end but it felt like quite a long walk in treacle before I got to any parts that kept me interested. Suitable as a quick escape from reality, or a holiday read. Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy.