Review: Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling


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Summary: Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced YA romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship. 

This contemporary teen romance contains strong language, drinking, euphemisms, and lots of “bow chicka wow wow.”


What Rhea thought:

I’m a sucker for friends-to-lovers stories. And I absolutely ADORED this book! Plenty of reasons. Allow me to explain.

Reason #1: Sam Cruz
Sam is a player. Although the amount of sex this seventeen year old is having is a bit too much-and I’m honestly concerned if this is the case in reality-he’s really just a real life goofball. He’s a charmer so he gets his way with the girls and really, his only problem in life is girls wanting the jump from sex to love. Fair enough.

Reason #2: Ally Klinger
Ally is Sam’s best friend of seventeen years and she’s happily put up with all his commitment issues and man-whoring ways. The beginning of the book starts with her being dumped by what’s-his-name and she turns to Sam to make her like him. 

To give him credit, he does try. And then succeeds. And then when she’s “having fun” with other boys, he gets jealous. 

Reason #3 (which should have actually been Reason #1): Tellulah Darling
Ms Darling has written this book the way it should be written- in a crude, snarky and funny way that left me wanting more. The high school seniors sound like high school seniors and that my dear friends is VERITY. Seventeen year olds’ are bitchy, rude and crass with each other and that has been shown PERFECTLY. And the cherry on the top? Buffy/Angel/Spike/Pinky/Brain references. Have I mentioned yet how awesome Ms Darling is?

My favorite scene:

“Here it comes,” Rosie says.
It was the sweetest kiss I’ve ever had. I’m melting inside. Nothing has ever been so perfect.
And then realization hits us at the same time because we both stop kissing and freeze. Except our lips still touch. They’re not doing anything other than being pressed against each other.
This is now the worst, most awkward kiss ever.
“And there it went,” Rosie comments. 

The end is so, so swoony, remember to use the corner of your sleeve so you don’t drip drool on your shirt.

Final Verdict: Amazeballs! This is a perfect high school read and Tellulah Darling, you have my heart 🙂 ★★★★


About the Author:

 Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is – a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.
Discover the awesomeness that is Tellulah at her website and ask her to quit procrastinating and start writing when you see her on Twitter.



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