NOT EVERYONE HAS THE PERFECT LOVE STORY.
ESPECIALLY SAM AND HANNAH.
A Totally Awkward Love Story
By Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
On Sale: May 3, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
The summer before college Hannah is finally going to find The One. Then again, meeting him in the master bathroom of a house party–definitely not romantic. But for five perfect minutes, she’s found him. She just wishes she caught his name, because “Toilet Boy Cinderella” really lacks sex appeal.
Sam is over the moon that he met this strange and hilarious girl at a house party. Of course, with his luck, it couldn’t last–without knowing her name, he’ll probably never see her again, and remain a girlfriendless moony-eyed virgin. Forever. What follows is a summer hell-bent on keeping Sam and Hannah apart. For two people so clearly destined for one another, they sure have a lot of trouble even getting together.
Filled with madcap, hilarious moments, and deep romance, A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY will have teens and adults laughing-out-loud as they commiserate with Sam and Hannah, and remember their own awkward moments. Bustle hailed the book as “totally relatable” and one that will transport adult readers “back to your awkward teenage years.” With Ellen writing Sam’s parts of the story and Ivison writing Hannah’s, A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY has a truly authentic feel and is the perfect balance of humor and heart that all readers will enjoy.
“An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (2000).” – Booklist
“A fun romantic comedy.” – School Library Journal
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of A Totally Awkward Love Story for an honest review.
I have not read a book that made me laugh this much, and that I just absolutely adored the way I do A Totally Awkward Love Story. This author duo created a quirky, hilarious, witty and charming story that I will read again and again. I was so in love with the banter in this book that I had to share it with my close friends, I could not contain the love of this book. I read specific humorous lines out loud that had me laughing so they could share in on them too. This book is just so special, I mean who doesn’t love laughing and just feeling like they shared some great times with a great group of people.
Hannah and her friends have a wall that they write all the boys they have had experiences with through-out the years. They all want to find their lobster which they believe to be their soulmate. Hannah and her friends are going to be going to college and want to make what they think is that next or last adult step before they go. She wants to lose her virginity. Can I just say that the conversations on what constitutes losing your virginity was so funny.
Sam and his friends decide to crash a party at Hannah’s friends house. He is hoping to meet someone special, and move on from his last bad experience. His friends love picking on him about his non-existent sexual experience. He is hoping to rectify the situation.
When Hannah and Sam meet in a bathroom at the party, the conversation is easy and the chemistry is undeniable. They both know that there is something special there, but soon they are interrupted and it leads to them wondering what could have been. Hannah and Sam soon start going down a course that causes them to believe things that are not true and put a wedge between them that will not be pieced together easily.
Can both Hannah and Sam let go of what they believe and say what they want in order to make it work? Will to much happen and too much time pass? Are friendships going to survive the jealousy that lies under the surface? You have to read this book to find out!
I absolutely adore this book, and will keep my copy close to my heart. I loved Sam’s friend, Robin, he had me in stitches with some of his advice and comments about sex. The Harry Potter references through out the book were hilarious. I would love to have a book about all of them in their college years. I can’t wait to read more by this duo and I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.
Tom & Lucy’s Photobooth Pictures
TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISION met at the end of high school and quickly became sweethearts. Though they broke up in college, they remain best friends. Lucy runs the online teen magazine Whatever After and teaches in girls’ schools across London, specializing in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for Time Out, Vice, ESPN, Glamour, and many other publications. They cowrote A Totally Awkward Love Story, which was partially inspired by their own high school relationship. This is their first novel. Follow Lucy on Twitter at @lucyivison
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