The Hazards of Skinny Dipping (Hazards #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping
This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping was not my favorite book. The first half was not good, though the second was slightly better. Still not my favorite story ever. *some spoilers ahead*
This story starts off with Juliet skinny dipping in her family' pool. Her cousin made her a list of things to do before college and this is the last of them. Then Dylan shows up next door, the guy she has had a crush on forever. One thing leads to another and they sleep together two seconds later. Unfortunately Dylan is not good in bed and it was just disappointing for Juliet.
So then Juliet goes to college and runs into Dylan again who is a controlling, borderline abusive, guy. He wants to keep having sex with her cause it is oh so great so she just goes along with it. The biggest problem with this book? I never understood why Juliet liked Dylan. She is with him for at least half of the book and he is terrible to her! At one point she thinks something like maybe now he will be the guy I had a crush on for so long, but the problem is we never get to see him as anything other than a controlling jerk. I have no idea why Juliet would put up with him and let him tell her what to do. He never takes her out on dates or anything he just wants to sleep with her. He doesn't even care if she enjoys herself as long as he gets off. He is a winner.
Dylan is terrible. Right from the beginning Juliet is always trying to not be alone with him, he gets super angry if she hangs out with other guys or wears "revealing" clothing around them, etc. She hangs out with his frat brothers tubing one weekend without Dylan and when he finds our he is pissed. How dare she hang out with other guys in a bikini! When she wants to spend the night in her own bed because she sleeps better there he is all nope. I sleep better with you in my bed. You will just have to deal with it. Argh he was horrible! I didn't understand why Juliet would put up with him. Maybe if we would have seen Dylan before, seen him be nice to her at some point, anything it would have been better. Instead it was just really frustrating and annoying. I just kept thinking is this going to be the entire book? Am I just going to have to keep reading about Juliet being a doormat and Dylan getting worse and worse eventually turning into a really terrible abusive boyfriend? That's not really what I want to read.
Juliet is not that great either, I mean obviously she just lets Dylan control her actions. I kept getting angry with her because she was so stupid for staying with him and never questioning him. It was bad. If you are constantly trying not to see someone, not to spend time with someone maybe that should be a heads up that something isn't right. She also is kind of superficial judgemental. So she befriends/works with this guy Reed. She had first met Reed on one of her first sorority things and wrote him off right away as a jerk. Why you might ask? Did he act like a jerk? Make terrible comments? Do anything that would make you think he is not so nice? Well no. It is because he was wearing a baseball hat backwards. Yep, everyone knows those guys are super jerks! Ugh. She annoyed me.
So the second half of the book is Reed and Juliet. It was better than the first half just because Reed was a good person, but it still wasn't my favorite. Really after reading a half a book of a jerk guy and doormat girl I just didn't care that much. Reed seemed nice, things were good, and I was surprised that Dylan wasn't really in the second half. I thought for how controlling and crazy he was in the first half that he would have caused more problems. It didn't seem like him to just give up. Oh well. Not my favroite book.