I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Losing It by Emma Rathbone
Twenty-six year old Julia Greenfield has long suspected that everyone is having fun without her.
It’s not that she’s unhappy, per se. It’s just that she’s not exactly happy either.
She hasn’t done anything spontaneous since about 2003. Shouldn’t she be running a start up? Going backpacking? Exploring uncharted erogenous zones with inappropriate men?
Trapped between news of her mother’s latent sexual awakening and her spinster aunt’s odd behaviour, Julia has finally snapped. It’s time to take some risks, and get a life.
After all – what has she got to lose?
Quitting her job at Quartz Consulting, Julia Greenfield ends up at her Aunt Vivienne’s home in Durham, North Carolina when her parents leave for Costa Rica and renting out the family home.
Julia Greenfield is a virgin, and she reminds us of that fact throughout the story. She is still a virgin as we learn at 24 years of age because of life issues. When the opportunity presents itself for her to go to Durham, she doesn’t give it a second thought except to think that this is going to be where she gives it up because why else, no one knows her and she can do what she wants.
Taking a part-time job with a firm called Kramer Branch, she meets Elliot Grouse and maybe on first look he could be the one. But in the meantime, Julia has a few misses on dates with men she meets online and in a watercolor class. This giving up of the virginity seems to be in peril.
Julie has all these awkward conversations throughout the book with men, Grace her best friend, her parents and her Aunt who had me at a loss at times about what the author was trying to get us to understand. Losing your virginity is hard work?
I felt there was a serious lack of character development which could have made this far more enjoyable. Also, the interaction with her Aunt lacked something I can’t put my finger on. Perhaps it is because of Julia’s interest in her Aunts life and virginity which was almost creepy and made no sense to me. Was the author suggesting that you’re not a woman if you haven’t been laid? Or not getting laid?
Overall this is a book I can see the millennial folks reading because of the virginity piece. This is my first time reading a book by this author, and I would probably try something else by her.
Reviewed by: Linda C