“Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls” is a hilarious and smartly-written book about getting dumped and getting over it — as long as you don’t take it too seriously. It’s a story about best friends Sam and Ally. Sam’s a player with a rulebook firmly in play on getting girls and getting out. Ally’s a girl who just got her heart broken and wants to get back into the game and NOT be the one being dumped.
So Sam teaches her how to be just like him. And she excels, which doesn’t make Sam too happy. What happened to his best friend? And can he ever get her back? Ally’s too far involved in the game to see she’s potentially ruining her lifelong friendship with her best friend. But what’s the big deal? It’s not her fault the student outplays the teacher.
My take: Written in alternating points of view (POV) between Ally and Sam, the book gives you a good foundation for this story from the very beginning. Author Tellulah Darling gets you deep in the characters’ minds from page 1, and the story progresses quickly. The dialogue is so witty, natural and rapid-fire that sometimes I found myself lost, and at times I forgot whose head I was in because of the alternating POV. But that was a small price to pay. The rest of the story was well-written, hilarious and down-to-earth.
Now I’m going to lay down for you how it is: This book is about sex. Even though the author doesn’t go into detail, Sam’s guide is all about scoring with girls and getting out with minimum casualties. So, content wise (there’s also some heavy language), I’d give it an R rating — suitable for mature audiences only. I also want to press that the book is written in a surprisingly non-vulgar way — given the content.
The relationship between Sam and Ally is entirely believable, and I laughed out loud on almost every single page.
My rating: A definite read, but you also need to be prepared for what you’re going to encounter when you pick it up.