TWG is back with yet another blog tour today, this time it is for Emma Rathbone’s ‘Losing It’ which is published by HQStories!
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?
What does TWG think?
‘Losing It’ puts a whole new spin on the well-known phrase ’40 year old virgin’! Except none of the characters in the book are 40..although the last part is true! I’m sure many of us when we were at the age of wanting to explore sexually, were forever listening to the detailed tales of friends ‘losing IT’, or having friends that were getting geared up to. It always seemed to be a competition of who could lose IT before others in the group, regardless of the circumstances in doing so. Let’s think of that from another side, what if that competition turned into pressure? Maybe pressure from other girls with ‘omg why haven’t you lost it yet?’
That’s where Julia comes in, a 26-year-old virgin that seems to focus on the concept of ‘losing it’ day in, day out. By focus, I mean obsessed. She goes on the AWKWARD dates to try to find THE ONE, the one who she can settle down with and lose her virginity to. Julia stays with her Aunt Viv whilst she is on her mission to lose it, the thing with that though is that Aunt Viv is very similar to Julia..in more ways than one.
I think Emma Rathbone is rather brave in writing about such an important topic, even though some readers may find it all a bit too ‘cringy’. The topic of virginity and losing it is one that needs to be highlighted because some people DO get pressured to lose it just because their friends sisters boyfriends cousin did. But on the other side of the coin, you get people like Julia that feel as though it is the be all and end all to lose their virginity. Why is that though? Unfortunately, it does come down to one thing, media. Whilst I do feel that Emma has done such a brilliant thing by highlighting the topic, I did find Julia’s obsession with the whole thing a bit too much.
I also feel that there was much more to Julia’s personality that wasn’t explored fully, she is definitely character who will have a marmite reaction. The conversations she was having with her friends along the way were a mixture of hilarity and ‘omg you didn’t?’, and I found that to be rather refreshing and on point with today’s society. Everyone will have their own cringeworthy story when it comes down to sexual intercourse and virginity, and Emma’s book has shown that is okay to have those embarrassing moments, even if you don’t think so at the time.
Overall, I thought that the storyline in general was very different to the books that are out there just now, but also a funny read. However, I am sitting on the fence with this book as I didn’t gel with the characters at all, but I gelled with the basis of the storyline in general. Hats off to Emma Rathbone though for bringing out a book that will most certainly get people talking and hopefully more comfortable with the topic of virginity. Own it!
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publishers, thank you.
Losing it by Emma Rathbone, published by HQStories, is available to buy now from Amazon UK
About the author.
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.