Genres: New-Adult, Chick-lit, Romance, Humor
Also Reviewed: Virgin My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Format: eARC Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Sequel to Virgin, but not quite as great. I like this book, but too many things irked me to where I couldn’t properly enjoy it. It is, however, hilariously funny. I laughed so much while reading this, and I may have shaken my head a million times at the main character, Ellie.
In Virgin, Ellie’s mission was to lose her virginity by any means necessary. She accomplished that goal, but went through many failed attempts and grooming mishaps along the way. After contracting an STD from the devirginizer, she has kind of taken a step back. Not That Easy is Ellie trying to figure out her place among society as a twenty-two years old woman. She has the perfect internship at London’s most popular magazine. She’s not getting paid right now, so she’s solely relying on her mother for rent money and food. She has her best girlfriends to unleash all of her worries onto. And she’s crushing on her flatmate Ollie, but he has a girlfriend and she just admires the view. What she doesn’t have is a sex life. She wants to have one night stands and have friends-with-benefits, so that she can have something to add to all the girl talk. She joins an online dating site, and gets more than the ONS she was seeking. A boyfriend. But, they never confirmed an exclusive relationship, so when Ellie does something to break that thing that they have, she doesn’t know how to handle it. Or does she?
First off, Ellie is THE most awkward character that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. I loved her in Virgin because she was this real girl who wanted to have sex, but was so clueless about her body. Here, she thought and did the most awkward things. Even at twenty-two, she still doesn’t know how to properly groom. It was funny, but then it just got annoying. She was awkward while preparing to have sex, during sex, and afterwards. If you shower/bathe properly and keep your lady parts waxed/shaved, then what the flip do you have to be self-conscious about? That’s all the girl had to do. She was so stuck on her pubes, that she may as well have married them. I can’t tell you how many times I “ewwed” while reading this. She thought the most dumb things while in the sixty-nine position. And I won’t even spoil what happened during that scene. I was laughing so hard, just let me tell you. I’m not sure why the author made her more floundering here. She didn’t mature as a character, she just moved into a flat with her friends and stayed the same.
If I hadn’t laughed so much while reading this book, I may not have liked it. I love the supporting characters and what they brought to the story. Emma was actually my favorite here. Maybe it’s because of what happened with her and Sergio. Nick is a great guy. Why Ellie wanted to just use him for sex is beyond me. I’d pick a relationship over one night stands or “booty calls” any day. Did she not learn anything from the “clap”? I like Virgin more because, at least then, Ellie had every right to be clumsy and inexperienced. Sure, she’s just a year older here, but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t grow up and learn a few things.
I’d recommend this simply for the way that it can brighten anyone’s mood. It’s the perfect chick-lit to read on any day. Ellie may annoy you with the things she does, but the girl will have you laughing so much that you will not care. From her thoughts about trimming her pubes, to her clumsiness during sex; you will be laughing your butt off. And if she had snogged and shagged one more time in this book, I probably would have snapped. LOL! Recommended.