Title: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
“I set aside the fake ID and read the note…Juliet’s Must Do Before College List…”
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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