on Feb. 9, 2013 :
This small novella could become one of my comfort reads in time of stress and needs. Its funny, lovely, sweet, playful, chaotic, silly, strange, sexy and I had some laughing out loud moments with it, but mostly I was grinning like a fool. There is this frantic intensity that seems just perfect, so totally right. Bosworth just nails it.
Even the small meta-fictional parts in it are working, when Samantha is telling David ´to hurry up and skip ahead to the next chapter already’. Its the feeling that the world is here forever and it is here only for you. You enjoy the moment but at the same time you want more and you want it faster, you want it right now. More love, more sex, more everything.
There isnt really happening much. Eating, drinking, talking, having sex. Thats about it.
They are in love, totally nuts about eachother and the world they are living in consists only of themselves. Its Samantha and David, David and Samantha. They are four hands, four arms, a vagina, a penis and two heads.
The dialogues, same as the inner monologues of David are straight forward and incredibly witty. He scolds himself for being such a fool, for being so nervous, for being such a jerk (of course he is none; he is in love). As funny are his phone calls with his friend Mark. It circles around the one question "Will you fuck her?" Oh boys. They will always be boys, wont they?
Oh sex, yeah there is lots of sex. Its sweet, funny, awkward sex . The drunken I-dont-remember-a-single-fucking-thing-the-next-morning kind of sex on the lawn at 4 am in the morning. And the one time where they are trying to have sex but they are so wasted, still so drunk that Samantha is dry as a bone and David cant hold an erection. Hilarious but Bosworth as a writer doesnt make fun of them, he always let them have their dignity no matter how much they make a fool of themselves. And thats what makes this so great, so sweet, so lovely. Have you ever been in the same situation? Yeah? Thought as much.
There are two incredible long run-on sentences. The first time it works. (The second time not so much, but lets skip this now).
Bosworth shows through this deliberate long sentence the first (actually the second) meeting between Samantha and David when he comes to her house. Its awkward, they talk gibberish and he totally captures this feeling. It feels so totally real. All the nervousness and foolishness of such a situation. When you met the person to whom you feel connected is standing in front of you and you dont really know what to do, what to say and how to act. All those crazy thoughts they are running through your head, they silly things you say - yeah, he captures all those feelings in the right tone. It feels totally right, and so true, so true. It is love.
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