January Book Review: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping


Title: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping

Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy

Pages: 256

“I set aside the fake ID and read the note…Juliet’s Must Do Before College List…” 

300+ words

Juliet is just a girl trying to figure things out as she starts at university. She goes through her own version of what most new college student go through when they uproot their lives, move to a different city, and go to live on their own for the first time. She makes some wrong turns and some right turns and I won’t tell you how it ends, but it was definitely worth the read. I think what really drew me into loving the book is that Juliet reminds me a lot of my friends or myself. It is very true to what I have seen during my years at university. It has the obvious villain and hero concept involved which, although is overdone, is played out so poetically and raw. This was something I have true respect for in literature because it is often never the case in fiction.


I, however, did not like the overplayed psychologically abusive and tortured character, Dylan, in the book. I will not lie, about half way through the book I almost put it down because I had the thought of “Oh great, it is another version of a certain mature trilogy of psycho-sadism being played out in a university setting..” Put your minds at ease, it in fact is not, Thank God.

All in all, I was more than pleased with this book, originally suggested to me by one of my friends. It is witty, real, and a marvelous piece of young adult fiction. It is definitely more of a poolside read or something to just relax with on a Sunday. Alyssa Rose Ivy is a master writer when it comes to understanding the young 20-something woman’s psyche. We all have some version of a Dylan and some version of Reed that we experience in our young lives and it is nice to be somewhat of a bystander, as the reader, in a story that is so relatable.

More on the Author: http://www.alyssaroseivy.com

Purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/Hazards-Skinny-Dipping-Alyssa-Rose/dp/1484044177/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

(but it is free on iTunes)


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Ten Very Random Facts About Me

1. My idea of a good night involves a bottle of $5.99 André Champagne and a shitty college bar. There’s nothing like the massive hangover the next day to remind you that you are doing this whole college thing right. *Cases of André will be accepted as gifts at any time*


2.  Half of my life consists of pretending that I understand what people are talking about while conversing with me, but in reality I don’t have the slightest clue about half of what they just said. This is mostly common when talking about politics and pop culture.



3. Fuzzy blankets are my crack. And I mean that literally. I have never met a fuzzy blanket I could resist. I have lost count of how many I actually own, not including my bedding which is completely faux fur including the pillow shams. Fluff just makes me aggressively happy.


4. I am apart of a greek organization, although I am taking a brief hiatus in between transferring schools. I truly would be a completely different person if I didn’t have all of the experiences my sorority has given me in the past few years at university.


5. I have two very fluffy dogs. The baby golden is Ruby and the handsome black spaniel mix is Hurley. They are my pride and joy and I would have put 1,394,902 more pictures of them on here, but I don’t want to be labeled as a crazy dog lady…even if I am.img_0007

6. I am originally from St. Petersburg, FL. A city I only ever want to go back for less than 48 hours at a time. The 18 years I spent there growing up were long enough for me. My next stop after I graduate is as far up north as my thin blood can handle.


7. I am addicted to Apple products. I currently am saving up for the iPhone 7 Plus with the maximum amount of storage. I also am in need of a new MacBook and iPad pro with the apple pencil but like I said this is an obsession and Steve Jobs tops my list of people I would love to have dinner with dead or alive.


8. I am an Uber driver (and I hate it). What is my worst driving experience you ask? OH. LET. ME. TELL. YOU. Uber tip #1: If it takes you more than ten minutes to find your rider. CANCEL THE TRIP. Uber tip #2: If your rider is talking gibberish and then proceeds to pass out in your front seat. CANCEL THE TRIP. Uber tip #3: If your rider starts to profusely vomit all over herself and your leather seats. CANCEL THE TRIP. Uber Ti#4: If your rider has to be forced to take the bag you are offering her to vomit in. CANCEL THE TRIP. Uber Tip #5: If after all of that you open the door for your rider because her hands are covered in her own bodily fluids and she proceeds to throw her bag of vomit at you. REPORT THAT *****. Needless to say I am currently searching for a new job so if you know of anyone hiring, let your girl know.


9. I was a cheerleader in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Yes, it was as crowded as it looked and at the end of it our feet were bleeding, but I wouldn’t have traded walking those 5-below-freezing-point-miles for anything.


10. I am about to start a 5-week workout regimen with my boyfriend in order to get back in shape. They tell you that the freshman-15 is real, but what they don’t tell you is that there is also a sophomore-15 and a junior-15. Needless to say, I need to re-friend the treadmill and not give up on our friendship anytime soon. They say if you publicly post about getting into shape the more likely you are to stick with it. Here’s to hoping.

word count: 640