Review: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Title: Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls
Author: Tellulah Darling
Date of Publication: October 17, 2012
Publisher: Te Da Media

Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally's alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.

This book contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”


Read the first two chapters HERE!



I am guilty for not reviewing this on time. I got this off NetGalley and pretty much read it in July. But I read that reviews for ARCs and galleys should be published one month before the publication date to drum up interest so I postponed writing this review... until now, when it's almost a month after its publication. Still, drumming up interest one month after the publication date is okay, right? *the need to justify one's self* So I pretty much stabbed myself with a spoon just to write this review. I'm just not into writing reviews in recent times, which is problematic for a book blogger like me. Hahaha! Anyway, let's get on with the review!

I think I enjoyed this novel a whole lot more than I'm supposed to and ought to. But I'm proud of it. You know why? Because I honest-to-goodness really liked it. Admittedly, I am a sitcom junkie. I love watching sitcoms and I love watching romcom movies that start out with the banter. Or about friends realizing that maybe there's something more. It just gets me Every. Single. Time. Combine all of that and you get this book. Tellulah Darling, which is a pseudonym for Deborah Peraya, is a screenwriter aside from being a YA novelist. And you know how in TV shows and movies, the dialogue must be snappy and funny and gripping? This novel has that and more. So Sam and Ally are best friends since forever. While Sam is the ultimate playboy no-strings-attached-kinda guy, Ally is a relationship girl, who wears old-fashioned clothes and is a biology nerd who has a stand on pretty much everything. Let's just say Sam sees Ally in a new light and totally has the hots for her when Ally just broke up with her boyfriend, swearing off relationships. It's a very common set-up but Tellulah's fast-paced dialogue and witty pop culture references just grabbed me, never letting me go. I enjoyed it so much, laughed at tons of references and whatnots and generally loved the banter. I love banter, I really do. Heehee.

So with that disclosed, I think it's impossible for me not to like this book because I eat these things up. Of course, like I said, it's not a groundbreaking novel with its plot but if you're looking for a nice, romcom-like read, this one is for you. The characters also speak their age and they sound like they're from this era and planet. Totally teenspeak! This book is totally not PG though as there are lots of sexual references but given how much I love 2 Broke Girls, Awkward and The Inbetweeners, all shows who thrive on the dirty jokes, this is just my cup of tea (book). Oops, I haven't said that this book is told in alternating POVs, that of Sam and Ally. Guys, he-said-she-said!!! Gah, I gobble that novel format like it's blueberry cheesecake.

Truthfully, the cover leaves a lot to be desired but I think the trailer makes up for it. The trailer is seriously one of the cutest and most fun book trailers I have ever seen. Budget yo! Additionally, I love the ending. Just, heart. <3

My mind is pretty much all over the place so just leave a comment if you have any questions regarding the book and I'll answer!

I recommend this book for people who like snap-snap-snap-dialogue-action-dialogue-snap-snap type, which I guess are for the TV and movie fanatics. :) And for anyone into banter-and-bickering-to-love or friendship-to-love type of stories. <3

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars!

About Tellulah Darling
  • YA novelist
  • Alter ego of professional screenwriter and instructor Deborah Peraya
  • Sassy minx
  • Geeks out over: cool tech.
  • Squees for: great storytelling.
  • Delights in: fabulous conversation.
  • Writes about: where love meets comedy, flavored with pop culture. Awkwardness ensues.
In the geek vs nerd breakdown, I fall on the geek side of things. I think nerds are slightly smarter but I have better social skills. Plus I know my library card number by heart. Although not sure where that takes the argument.

When not zoning out – I mean writing, I make it up to my family for the lack of attention by showering them with chocolate chip cookies. And dancing in my kitchen. Tap shoes optional. Again, not sure where that takes the argument.

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