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Promiscuous (Issues #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  234 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Natasha “Tash” Bohner just turned eighteen. Theoretically, that should mean escaping from trailer park purgatory—and her less than stellar relationship with her widowed mother—and running away to Los Angeles with her anorexic best friend, Margot. But as we all know, life is known for taking some very shitty, unexpected turns. Already the scourge of the Guthrie High gossip ...more
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Vivid IIInk
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Charlotte Bugler
I was given this book in an exchange for an honest review
4.5 stars!

When i first started reading this book, I honestly didn't know what I had gotten myself into.. It started off with Tash (the main character) using the 'F' word so much in the first few pages, I was getting the impression that the author was trying to prove the point early on that she doesn't care and is so flippant about other peoples opinions. Personally.... I think it was a bit OTT, and I would've stopped reading if it wasn't
Stephanie (the nerdy princess)

I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

OMG OMG….Thank god for read for review and this fabulous book! I loved every page of this book, every minute it took me to read this book and I just want to scream “ I LOVE YOU ISOBEL IRONS!”

I cant wait to get my hands on book number 2! I must read what happens next and what not…

This book is soooo “Easy A meets Cinderella meets mean girls” I love how honest this book is and how the
I really enjoyed this book!

Tash is in her senior year of high school, counting down the days until she can escape her trailer park and the horror that is school, with her best friend Margot. Tash has an undeserved reputation of being a slut, or promiscuous, even though she is nothing of the sort. Throughout the novel we learn about the labels the teens have all been assigned and how much they are undeserved (both good and bad) and how much damage they can cause.

The beginning of the story starts
ETA on second reading: This book still holds up on the second reading. Tash is such a great character and I love her voice. I want her for my friend and I want to hang out with her and kick those popular bitches all over the school yard! You go girl!!!

Original review: I read this book because it satisfied a reading challenge looking for a "mostly green cover." I always love it when you read a book for the most innocuous reason and then really love it. Tash has a great snarky attitude that made m
♔ Dee
Jul 28, 2014 ♔ Dee rated it it was amazing
What an AMAZING story! 5+ stars! Tash is a heroine I love. This book has also been placed on my favorites shelf! Thank you Isobel Irons for writing such a refreshing story about struggles that many young women face today. Although, young women today may not go through all of these terrible situations at once, they may sometime in their lives, and this story gives you an insiders view.

The book is written in a manner in which the heroine is speaking to you throughout the story. I absolutely loved
Apr 11, 2014 Kitlina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I have received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.*

I have so ambivalent brain responses right now that I don't know if I should listen to my right or left hemisphere.
This book wants you to believe its title, that it's about promiscuity. But you really find out that it's not in the slightest about that. That's just a facade, a mask behind the main character, Tash, can hide her deeply wounded self. Being truly unlucky in almost every aspect of her life, you could say that s
Sep 12, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
I rarely read YA anymore. I'm just into stories I can presently relate to and my kids will be in that age group before I know it and I'd really rather not face it right now. But the YA books I do enjoy tend to be issues stories. Given this is the Issues series - and the author promised me an interesting journey- I thought it might be a good fit for me.

Promiscuous was actually a great fit. It's a very interesting book, almost provocative, in that from the very first sentence, I had to know what T
*I have received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.*

One word to describe this book…WOW! I started reading PROMISCUOUS (is just a fancy word for SLUTTY) with very little expectations. However, I am so glad I read it. Promiscuous is extremely well written. The author manages to realistically capture the voice of a teenager in Tash without making the book sound like it was actually written by a teenager. You can tell that she really cares for her characters and wants the read
Aug 01, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
"I used to think that people deserved what they got, that they had it coming, but now I'm not so sure. Now, I think we all just walk around with different kinds of pain, and we try to spread it all around so we don't feel so alone."

I started this book with the warning and I wasn't so sure what I was getting myself into. But, I felt like I'd made a commitment to the book, so I decided to roll with it.

At first, I was put off by the talking to the reader. I typically like to just roll with the stor
Apr 11, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is the story of 18 year old Natasha “Tash” Bohner. And I know, her last name was made for taking the piss out of but honestly, thats the least of her fricking problems. This is a story of shitty life situations, labels of society, and real life problems that dont get swept under the rug or even given a directed spotlight (you know, the kind where the author shows you just enough about said life problem to make you all happy and crap wh
Apr 11, 2014 Laney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When i first started reading this book, i wasn't sure how i felt about it. The main character is very intimidating, straight forward and not afraid to say what they think.
But i absolutely loved that about her. Natasha, or "Tash" as she likes to be called, is your every day (yet not so everyday) eighteen year old high schooler with a nasty nickname attached to her back. With a rough past, and a seemingly rougher present, we come to meet her in the process of getting ready for graduation from a h
Jul 31, 2014 M1ssb3rry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts on it.

I have had this book for a while now, like two weeks but I have been unable to read it because I have so many other books I was supposed to be reading (for challenges and such), but I put my foot down today and I seriously couldn’t put it down. I loved how Isobel added a disclaimer telling the reader exactly what they were in for. In my case, it just made me curious to read more.

Tash is a high school student in very unfortuna
Apr 11, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You deserve better"

No one has ever said those words to Tash, and she certainly did not ever stop to think it herself. Given the history and the rumors that have spread like wildfire, Tash has started to think she is "dirty" and living up to the persona that everyone is convinced she is. Until one day when the mean girls go to far. Then Tash decides to make an effort, and in the process, realizes that she might actually deserve better. If only she can keep from messing it all up.

At first I was u
Note to Readers: this book's plot centers around sexual abuse, teen bullying, eating disorders, and suicide. Also strong language. Read at your own risk

PROMISCUOUS is a story told by Natasha "Tash" Bohner, an eighteen year old who at a very young age learns to distrust everyone. Tash is angry at the world and how she feels it views her, as a slut, trailer trash, and dirty. But after her best friend "checks out" of life, Tash decides to get revenge. Through this, she meets a boy, Grant Blue who i
Jess (Fairytales and Books)
May 24, 2014 Jess (Fairytales and Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was really good and I was pleasantly surprised by it. The cover itself drew me in, but Tash's story had me hooked to the pages. Seriously, I can't believe I didn't discover this series sooner! It tackles real serious issues that teens may face with and can possibly relate to. Though there is plenty of sarcastic humor, friendship, and romance to balance it out.

What I love about Isobel's characters is that they are not perfect. Each one them has their flaws and personal struggles, but me
Jen at Reading Lark
Jul 24, 2014 Jen at Reading Lark rated it liked it
First off, there is a lot of cursing in Promiscuous. It's told from a first person perspective, and Tash does not pull any punches. She will tell you that herself - in one of many passages where she talks to the reader. She has a very 'in your face' style too - directly aggressive, and assumes a lot about the type of person reading her story. In some ways I liked how forthright she was, and the fact that she did talk to me as a reader because it was quite different. In others, I felt annoyed by ...more
Rhea Dsouza
Aug 17, 2014 Rhea Dsouza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2014
This is a direct letter to Miss Isobel Irons,

When I was about 20 pages into Promiscuous, I was debating whether to read the rest of the book. Because I knew what you were getting at. Making me see what I've seen everyday-just in a different light. I've seen girls my age starve themselves, eat tissue paper for survival, barf in the period after lunch. I've seen girls my age being treated like trash-they've been talked about behind their backs, they've been humiliated publicly, they've been called
Tiffany Rose
Apr 11, 2014 Tiffany Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy A meets Mean Girls with a strong shot of reality.

There is a personal note from Isobel Irons at the start of the book. Commenting how she might not be the best person to write this story, but I think she really sells herself short. It’s hard to cover such sensitive topics or even to make people realize how simple words can harm, but it’s done so well that the story never feels insincere. Jam packed with strong language and a perfect example how the varied use of fuck doesn't mean a limited v
Jessica Gomez
WOW! Someone finally said it!

The focus points in this story, every single one of them, NEED TO BE TALKED ABOUT MORE!

Tash is the girl from the wrong side of town, and then the wrong side of that town too. Who has had every possible messed up situation in life happen to her. The story is about her growing up and the incidents that happen to her, to high school. Her and her best friend Margot are "surviving" their senor year together. Margot has as many dark secrets as Tash. Okay, maybe not quite
Apr 11, 2014 Kori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, romance, love, bad-girls
Wow..... what a story of high school issues, deep seated pain and one pissed off kick ass chick!! This book made me laugh, cringe, irate, blubbery, depressed, mushy, and so much more.

God it reminded me of freakin high school..... something I don't ever like to remember at all. But on to the actual story. The main girl Natasha is one angry chica and she has every right to be. She was dealt one shitty hand in life. And it seemed to never end. Luckily she had a friend in life named Margot, who also
Apr 11, 2014 Kasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kind of started off on the wrong foot for me. It wasn't that I didn't understand what the author was trying to do, but I didn't need the over-explanation in the beginning of the book. I've read Dorian Gray and I read enough to know what caveat means. I don't need entire paragraphs or almost full pages telling me. That really annoyed me.
Aside from that I actually really enjoyed this book. I felt bad for Tash, she had an extremely hard life. I hate reading about child abuse, and especia
I gave this book a five out of five stars although I would have given it more if I could because the story grabbed me immediately thanks to Isobel's writing as it naturally draws you in to the story. The fact that the story is told from the first person perspective of the protagonist Tash is really clever and is another reason why the story grabbed me immediately.

This is the second Cinderella retelling that I have read the first one being Cinder which I loved but I think this one was actually b
Auradria Power
Mar 20, 2014 Auradria Power rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried, I loved this story.
I thought for sure as soon as I started reading and the F-word was draped many times that I would find myself putting the story down. But I just couldn't. I like the way it was written from a troubled teen POV and teens will drop the word left and right. It made the story seem more realistic, like it could happen to anyone or be anyone, it could even be a friend.
I found myself drawn to each of the characters and wanting to find out more about them.
I canno
Dec 18, 2014 RedRedtheycallmeRed rated it really liked it

Tash is a very tough character to like, she makes it hard! It is understandable why she's so bitter, her life has just been one crappy event after another. My favorite part about her is her loyalty to her friend Margot. Margot is the favorite target of Becca, the resident "mean girl" in their high school.

When the bullying of Margot goes too far, Tash decides to take down Becca. The prank Tash pulls on Becca was pretty cruel, and some would say she deserved it, but (to me) that just made
Feb 15, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since a book has reached out and grabbed me like this one did. Promiscuous is a story that's been told a thousand times, as Tash tells us, perfect 90's made for TV movie. But Tash is real, raw, and angry and that's what makes the story. She's in your face and unapologetic for who she is, what happened to her, or what she is going to do. Even though she's been a victim all her life, she's no victim, if that makes any sense. She's mad as hell and she's not going to take it ...more
Extremely well written. The bitterness and cynicism of the 18-year girl who tells this tale is tough to get through -- you want to like her, but she makes you work for it, which happens to be a lot like the story she's telling. It's a sad, infuriating, realistic tale of what many people, probably the majority of kids feel, at some point in their high school experience, as they make their way through those years just wanting to be invisible enough to survive, but special enough for someone to ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is there not to like about this book. This is totally me.

Isobel, I want to say thank you.

"Tash" is me years ago, there was a Grant Blue in my life, which makes me sad no we did not end up together only because he wanted to see what females he could get ( he's now 30 and unmarried LOL)

Having been in this characters shoes and feeling the pain and anger towards people, I felt this was a book meant for me. Or at least written for me. I didn't grow up in a trailer park but in the ghetto.

If you w
Jul 28, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It covers some pretty serious issues including sexual abuse, rape, bullying, anorexia/bulimia, suicide, etc through the point of view of Tash who is such a brutally honest character just trying to make it through the last few months of high school. This is a bit of a Cinderalla story, with a punk edge. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the humor (I too have a bit of a trucker mouth) while also holding my breath through some scenes just hoping Tash would get ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it
Very different than many books in the NA genre. Smart, cynical, and ultimately a great lesson for those in that age group (In the long run, high school means nothing).

It's unfortunate that while this is a really good work of fiction, there is too much real life enclosed in its pages. Even though it's been many, many years since I left high school, there is nothing in this book that didn't happen in some way, shape or form while I was there. It's great that the author was so boldly honest in her
Apr 06, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is quite a different type of read. The story is written as if the author is speaking directly to you the reader. You find out why it is written like this at the end of the book. Since the author is speaking directly to the reader, she tends to be a smart mouth, which makes it a very humorous read. It is forewarned that the F-bomb is used 144 times; however, it flows naturally throughout the book within Natasha's character. It's sad to think that some kids are actually raised to believe that ...more
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Isobel Irons is that girl you knew in high school, or maybe college.

You know, that girl who seemed like she was pretty normal, but then you got to know her and realized that she was actually kind of insane. But in ways that were stunningly similar to your own top secret, slightly insane ways.

She buys clothes without stopping to wonder if they’re going to match anything else in her closet. She can’
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“I know what you're thinking. ‘How the hell does this broke ass piece of trailer trash know words like caveat,’ right? Well guess what? I've read every single book on the New York Times list of 'Top 100 Literary Classics,' not to mention every Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath or Bronte sisters’ book ever written. And fuck you very much for judging me, by the way.” 17 likes
“Around eighth grade Margot started getting really sensitive about her weight, even though she wasn’t remotely fat—just a little round-faced. So Margot did what any normal fourteen-year-old girl would do. She started puking on purpose, every day after fifth period. Of course now, she does more than puke. But we don’t talk about that. Because real friends don’t judge each other for what they do to survive in hell.” 13 likes
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