#BlogTour #Review ~ Losing It by Emma Rathbone

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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? Or going backpacking? Or 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?

About the Author

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Emma Rathbone is the author of the novel The Patterns of Paper Monsters. She is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Grant in Fiction, and her work can also be seen in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is also a writer for the upcoming Netflix comedy, G.L.O.W. She lives in Los Angeles.

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My Review

The blurb intrigued me and I was pleased to be able to read this as part of a blog tour. I’m not really sure how to categorise it other than a light easy read to fill a few hours.

Julia is twenty-six and comes across as self-obsessed, not a particularly nice person and the only thing she tends to worry about is losing her virginity! At times during the book I did want to tell her if she was a little nicer and thought of other people rather than herself it might just happen!

She isn’t happy in her current job (surprise!) she used to be a competitive swimmer when younger but failed to make the grade for the Olympics .. another side of her which indicates if she doesn’t get what she wants she throws a strop. With a sense of failure, not belonging or knowing what she wants to do she is a bit of a lost soul.

So she heads back ‘home’ but to her dismay her parent’s have rented out the home so they can travel .. Julia finds herself with no option than to go visit her Aunt Viv for the summer. They are virtual strangers and the majority of the story revolves around their terribly awkward relationship. 

Julia manages to find a job, goes on some disastrous dates all with the expectation one of them will want sex! It’s only as she begins to unravel the curious behaviour of Viv she realises she is also a virgin.  

I never grew to like Julia I was hopeful that by the end I may be feeling her plight but her selfish behaviour especially towards Viv left me just wanting her to get ‘it’ over and done with. I’m not sure about Viv, she was a character with potential which we didn’t manage to unveil. 

The book itself is written ok, it does get more engaging nearer the end but it felt like quite a long walk in treacle before I got to any parts that kept me interested. Suitable as a quick escape from reality, or a holiday read.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy. stars-3-0-_v192197091_

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