- Publisher: Random House Children's Books
- Publication date: 1/9/2007
- Source: ebook provided by the author for review
Before this all happened, the closest I'd ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it's not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.
Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn't believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing—and touching—parts of the body I'd only read about in my Gray's Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.
And then came the fall.
So, first off, this cover makes me laugh because it's fun and cute. I have to admit that the cover made me super curious. Then I read some reviews from fellow bloggers and it sounded great, so when approached by the author asking to review, I was really excited to dive in. The thing I liked the most about the book was how honest it was. It didn't glorify sex and make things perfect. It let us see the awkwardness of the first kisses, the first times they start to go further, and even off to college. There was no sugar coating or simplifying. It was refreshing to not have the perfect first love situation. There was quite a bit of predictability though, which is okay, but I pretty much knew where things were going.
Dom is very into her medical stuff, and science quiz. She isn't sporty, she's never even really kissed a boy. When she meets Wes, things change. She has thoughts about him that she's surprised she's having. With the help of her BFF Amy, who I adored, she is able to get his email, and from there they begin to talk. She is totally smitten for him to the point where she actually changes for him, and that's something that really bothered me. I really liked her in the beginning for who she was, and then she changes for this guy. She justifies it by making excuses why she does certain things though. She also starts blowing off her best friend, and her family for Wes. I get it that first love is pretty consuming, but I thought that was not very cool of her at all. I started to lose a lot of respect for her as the book went on. In the end I did still like her, but she has a lot of growing up to so and hopefully she will.
Wes was a character that I really liked at first, but quickly became annoyed with him. He was charming, cute, and shy. Once him and Dom start getting more physical he does come out of his shell more, but to me he was a bit disrespectful to her after a little while. He never said hurtful things, or did anything to her, but it was just the way he was about things, and the way he would say things that rubbed me the wrong way. It was obvious that he really did care about her, but by the end I really didn't like him at all.
This book goes about addressing sex in a way that most YA books don't. It is every bit as awkward as things really are. I especially loved how it addressed certain aspects of a girls pleasure. I would have loved a book like this when I was exploring the sexual side of things for the first time. This is not all about sex though. It's really about relationships, not just sexual, but family and friend relationships too. Overall it was quite good and I can't wait to read more from this author.