Lost It by Kristen Tracy
This is a cutesy YA romance with an adorable narrator who’s got a lot going on in her life. It was written in a way that you knew what was going to happen at the very beginning, then the following chapters built up to that point, then continued until the end. It was a different vibe than the fantasy I normally read, so I went in with a clear head and contemporary feels. I really enjoyed it.
Publisher’s Description: What would you do…
…if your best friend were plotting the annihilation of a small, furry neighborhood poodle? Or if your parents up and moved to an Outward Bound-type survival camp in the middle of the desert? How about if your grandmother bought you new bras and underwear and you actually thought they were a teensy bit, umm, sexy?
Most people would not react well.
Tess Whistle’s junior year of high school is off to a fairly bizarre start. One might even say her life is spiraling out of control. But with her sense of humor firmly intact and her first real boyfriend on her arm, Tess is dealing with the ridiculous twists quite well, thankyouverymuch.
Just wait until her shoes explode.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
Tess is a bit of a spaz, especially more so when she falls in love. But like I said, she’s got a lot going on. Her mother decides to redefine herself by going to a survival camp hosted by a guy whom she compares to Jesus. Her father eventually follows her mother, leaving Tess alone until her rich grandmother shows up. The grandma is funny, buying Tess nice bras and buying her a new car that she eventually totals because she doesn’t have an actual license. Then her best friend is building a bomb that will blow up a toy poodle (which belongs to her father’s “girlfriend’s” daughter, who we can only assume the poor girl hates due to what happens) and also gets sent away for “therapy.”
And then there’s Ben, a kind and sweet boy who Tess manages to drive crazy very quickly. She doesn’t mean to, but she does. She also tells him she’s a diabetic – and since he knows a friend who was diabetic and he’s had health issues himself, he takes her very seriously. Only she’s not diabetic and when he finds out, the whole thing blows up.
The whole meaning behind Lost It is pretty double-sided. On one hand, Tess takes it to mean that she eventually loses her virginity to Ben. But readers know that Tess, being the crazy spas that she is, has pretty much “lost it” in a crazy way. This theme kinda comes up as Tess goes through the ups and downs of becoming a woman, dealing with her family and friends, and discovering that she doesn’t have to be afraid of everything.
I really love the scene at the end with the sled. It was sweet.
Tess really kind of reminded me of this female version of Jack Grammar from Alex Bradley’s 24 Girls In 7 Days. Sweet, awkward, kind of dependent on others, and oh so adorable. I think that’s really what pulled me in since I enjoyed that other book so much. It didn’t leave the same lasting effect on me, nor did it keep my attention the entire time (which is why the four-star rating) but I really loved it regardless.