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Lost It

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,661 Ratings  ·  203 Reviews
What would you do...

...if your best friend were plotting the annihilation of a small, furry neighborhood poodle? Or if your parents up and moved to an Outward Bound-type survival camp in the middle of the desert? How about if your grandmother bought you new bras and underwear -- and you actually thought they were a teensy bit, umm, sexy?

Most people would not react well.


Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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The title of Kristen Tracy's LOST IT sums up the heart of the novel in two simple words, but like the novel itself, its simplicity is deceiving. "Lost it" could refer to many facets of the book. The narrator, Tess, starts things off by telling readers how she lost her virginity, and how she subsequently seems to have lost the guy she gave it to. At the same time, her rock-solid best friend is losing her grip after a parental divorce, Tess's parents are r
Jan 26, 2009 Katherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: simply-awful
When I picked up this book, I knew it was going to have to do with the girl losing her virginity. However, I did think there would at least be a side plot. Yes, yes, there was the whole blowing up the poodle bit but she didn't even blow up the poodle! She blew up a stuffed animal. Seriously, what a cop-out. Back to the main plot, there little to no character development and Tess was so whiny! For such a small book, it took me forever to get through it. The book just lagged. I would not recommend ...more
Lauren Fidler
what i learned from this book / promises to my daughters, who are far too young to read this review and far too smart to ever misread ethan frome:

1. repression is not the answer. i will not move to idaho and sell vitamin-infused drinks. i will not marry a man who is as weak-spirited as i am and i will not let either one of us convince the other that accepting a blond jesus as our personal lord and savior is the answer to loving and fulfilling life. i will not accept self-help gurus as my persona
Feb 17, 2009 Michelle rated it did not like it
This book was total crap. I bought it because I thought it would be funny, but it was just neurotic, annoying, and purposeless. The character goes along being clingy and whiny, and at the end of the book, no lesson has been learned and the conflict the character is experiencing is not resolved. I wanted to call the author and be like, "Hey, the trite paragraph at the end of your book where you slapped out a couple platitudes and thought that was an ending? It wasn't. Get back to work."
Jul 23, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
Tess Whistle has a lot on her plate. Her mom has gone off to some crazy camp, her dad plans on following her mom, her best friend plans on murdering a poodle, and her grandmother wants to buy her sexy underwear. What's a girl to do in that situation?

Well, Tess decides to do Ben in that situation. When everything seems to be going wrong with her life, Ben seems to be the only constant, the only person who can make things seem right. Things are great with Ben up until they aren't.

Can Tess unravel
Nov 15, 2010 мαяïα❤ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because when I saw the front cover I
Knew that it would talk about teenagres..and I am one so thats why
I wouldn't to read this book..((: It mostly take place at school
and at the Island Park..where Tess Whistle lost her virginity to
Benjamin Easter a senior..Tess was a junior when she lost it
she wasn't planing to loss it..but it happened..The main problem
of the story was when Tess was confused she didn't know want she
wanted because she had lost it with Benjamin Easter.
Mar 20, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenage girls (15-17)
Recommended to Miranda by: Laying out, not in correct spot.
I hate reading to start off with but I could not put this book down. Every chance I got I would pick it up and start reading. I think I broke my record, I read this book in a weeks time. Lost it by Kristen Tracy is not just about Tess losing her virginity to Benjamin Easter. This book is about life, how nothing can go right but one person seem to fix it. Tess's best friend Zena has going crazy. Zena is trying to build a bomb to blow up a poodle. Tess's parents decided they are going to run off. ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Glass rated it it was ok
When I started reading this book I thought it's going to be funny and with some here's-my-wisdom point of view. Well, it wasn't that funny - actully, this book is full of stupid jokes and conversations in the Gilmore Girls style (I hate that show). Half of the time you are not even sure what is going on and the other half you're just annoyed.
Jun 09, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5/5 stars rounded up

"Tess Whistle leads a nearly extraordinary life. Her parents are a mixture of born-again Christians and survivalists, her best friend has serious coping issues, and Tess is giving heavy thought to losing her virginity to her boyfriend, Ben, even though she always said she would wait for a ring. As Tess weaves throughout these issues, she finds out just how hard life is to control, even when control is what you want most." Full review at Fresh Fiction:
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Jul 17, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing
I was surprised how hilarious this small book was but I definitely remember almost losing it ( from laughing so hard) while I read it very late one night, page fifty had me in fits of giggles so hard that my cat kept giving me looks, I was disrupting his beauty sleep, that's for sure. Growing up is hard to do, especially if you're a girl pulled from all sides, never mind normal family because that never exists, even in books, and what about boy problems and maturing/doing the right thing and all ...more
Angelica Perez
Jan 21, 2012 Angelica Perez rated it really liked it
We all eventually hit those confusing teen age years don't we? We make dumb decisions and wonder about a lot of things, but have you ever blown up a poodle with a bomb or have your parents ever left you to live with your grandma so they can go to an inspirational camp? These things only make those years more difficult;as if a teenager needs more problems to deal with than what we already have.

Tess whistle A junior in high school finds herself caught in a triangular disaster. Not only is she ent
Oct 01, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it
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Emma Andrews
period 12/13
"Lost It"
by: Kristen Tracy
276 pgs.
completed: Sept. 6, 2009
rating: 9
Book #1

In the book "Lost It," Tess defintely changed the most by the end of the story. She started out as this naive christian girl who didn't really believe in sex before marraige. She also never really look at boys or felt herself to be "sexy", until one day she meets Ben and everything changes. Once they start dating, everything becomes very differnt for Tess. She cares about her apperance more, and wha
Jolene Perry
Mar 28, 2011 Jolene Perry rated it liked it
I really liked this.

It honestly took me a while to get into it, even though the voice was fun and unique. I like voices that border or narration. When i got to page 80 or so I had to get to the end. It was nice because there was some good love story in there, but more powerful than the love story was the story of a girl who's dealing with a whole lot and her re-connecting with her best friend and learning about herself. I'd recommend this to MOST people, not all. I hovered between three and four
Adriana Bayless
Aug 05, 2015 Adriana Bayless rated it liked it
I bought this book for like $5 at a used book store, not knowing much about it besides it was about sex- which the title and cover kinda gives that one away. After reading this novel, I will say this book is about a girl losing her virginity, sex isn't what is to be gained from reading this book. Lost It follows Tess, a junior in high school who is going through a lot- her best friend is about blow up a poodle with a homemade explosive, her parents are having a mid life crisis, and then there is ...more
Candace Louie
Aug 07, 2010 Candace Louie rated it did not like it
this book was stupid and horrible. I hated the main character and her weakness, her idiocy, her clingyness. I almost ripped my hair out. there was almost NO plotline, and everything was random and out of place..It was just horrendous. I might be a bit biased because my hatrede is based soley on the fact that her clingyness pissed me off, but I'm sure it would bother you too.
Stephanie A.
Jul 20, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it it was ok
"It" would be her virginity. Because I am naive and optimistic, I somehow managed to not make this connection until it was actually happening. Then I chucked the book at the wall and had to scream into a pillow for a while before I felt calm enough to skip that passage and finish reading the book so I could verbally punch it on here.
Zara Brumana
Nov 16, 2015 Zara Brumana rated it liked it
I get the point behind this book. While it's not the most engrossing thing and it's far from what I would describe as eloquent, if you're a teenage girl wrestling with emotions surrounding the potential loss of virginity, this story spells them out in the simplest, most step-by-step manner, it nearly feels like an instructional manual for dummies. As the parent of a teenage girl, it's a subtle reminder to always keep communication open and non-judgmental. An imperfect book in terms of literature ...more
Kali Dylan
Mar 04, 2015 Kali Dylan rated it did not like it
I really hated this book. The writing style sucked and the plot line sucked if you could even consider it having a plot. The main character Tess was whiny, clingy, and annoying. I didn't like the ending at all (as well as the rest of the book) and there was no lesson to be learned. I was also very offended at the fact that Tess throughout the whole book pretends and lies about being diabetic. I am diabetic and took so much offense to that and felt that was so wrong to be put in a book. For such ...more
Makaila Freitas
Nov 11, 2014 Makaila Freitas rated it it was amazing
Wow! That's one of the very few words I can describe this book as. This book is so amazing and I'm glad I had the chance to read it. The main character, Tess Whistle's life is totally mixed up. While her parents leave off to some sort of survival camp, she is left to her Grandmother. During Tess' junior year of high school, her life is spiraling out of control. To find out why, you must read the book! If you are interested in real life stories I suggest you read this because it takes everything ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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1.5 stars

After the cuteness that was Kristen Tracy's most recent novel Hung Up, I knew I needed to backtrack and read her debut Lost It because it sounded like it would be just ass good. Besides, there are never enough coming-of-age stories for girls that are frank about sex. Sadly, the novel failed to live up to my expectations even though they weren't set particularly high to begin with.

Lost It is short, but the way it meanders all over the place makes i
Apr 04, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it
Lately, I have been in a contemporary love story chicklitty kind of a mood, if that makes any sense, hahaha. So when I saw "Lost It" by Kristen Tracy, I thought I might as well give it a try, I have only been staring at it in the bookstore FOREVER. I was so pumped to read the book. I read the back and it sounded so funny and just like such a fun read. Now, I did not enjoy this book as much as I would have liked too. The story is about a girl named, Tess Whistle, and she starts out her junior yea ...more
I Eat Words
Apr 29, 2011 I Eat Words rated it really liked it
I was in the mood for another contemporary book after reading so many dystopians, and this had the perfect mixture of sass and quick-witted humor.

I loved Tess's character, especially since Tracy allows her to make realistic mistakes. I enjoyed the quirkiness of her grandmother, which I wasn't expecting at all. It's easy to see where Tess gets her humor from. Then there was Ben, who I didn't exactly fall in love with, but I don't think that was the point. This novel is more a a coming-of-age sto
Andy Gavin
Oct 29, 2011 Andy Gavin rated it liked it
This is a verylikableteen romance about an Idaho girl's first real relationship and of course... how she lost her virginity. I read this in my continued meandering quest to find out just howedgyand racy YA can actually be. I hope someone points me to another answer, but I'm thinking... not very. If you know anything really edgy, please put it in a comment.Lost It is prettyreminiscentof Judy Blume's Forever(my review HERE), and it's gone backwards in the sexual explicitness department big time. R ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Angieleigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
This is probably one of the funniest books I've read in awhile. From the very first page until near the end I giggled my way through it.

Tess is a great main character - flaws and all. In case you missed some other reviews I've written, flawed characters are my favorite. Tess is a worrier like no other...she hates wildlife because she's afraid she's going to be eaten. She worries about her parents. About her best friend, Zena, who wants to blow up a poodle.

And about losing her virginity and what
Katherine Marple
Sep 22, 2009 Katherine Marple rated it it was amazing
"Lost It" is clearly about the innocence of a teenager. But, on top of the whole sex thing... it's also about losing your mind, losing your clutch on reality, losing your best friend, losing your sense of self.

Tess Whistle is a junior in high school. She opens her story with telling you that she lost her virginity to Ben (the new guy in school) after knowing him for only four months. She totally surprised herself with how quickly she fell in love with him because from the start, she firmly beli
Oct 04, 2011 KatieBookQueen rated it really liked it
Firstly, when I read about 'Lost It', I completely expected it to just be about a girl losing her Virginity - I was totally wrong! Even though a big part of the book is about that, its also about so much more. This story really captures what it's like to be a teenager and to sometimes feel like your whole world is falling apart or that your losing your grip on reality. I think that the story holds a great positive message for teenage girls.

Secondly, I loved the characters. I thought that Tess's
May 20, 2012 Princess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Best love story I've read so far :)
There are so many parts of the story that really poked me.

First, I am one of those girls that gives a lot of importance of losing it. Maybe that's why I actually ended up reading this book. But i love how i just didn't learned about things related to this.

Second, Benjamin Foster felt so real. I mean besides that he's such a lovely boyfriend type. Everything in him seems connected and concrete that it seems like he's really based on a real human.
I love these ki
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
Sep 23, 2010 Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Oh boy, did I love this book. I had it for a little while and always put it off thinking it was just a book about a girl losing her virginity. That's what the title refers to, doesn't it? Ah, no. Turns out the book is way more complicated than that.

Not only does Tess lose her virginity, and then the boy who she gives it to, she's also losing her way. Her best friend is losing her grip on reality after her parents get divorced, so she decides to build a bomb to blow a poodle. Tess's parents are l
May 14, 2010 Jeni added it
This is a really good book and it also has a great example on the quote don't judge a book by its cover. most people would think the book is completely about a girl losing her virginity but it is also about how she kinda loses her mind and how her parents go insane and she doesn't know what to think of them anymore.
this is one of my new favorite books, although i am a little disappointed that her relationship ended up getting totally messed up due to the lie that started her relationship.
i enjo
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“Her parents had basically abdicated their roles as guardians and she was building a bomb. In order to kill a poodle.” 6 likes
“Really, I think my tippy state was a sign. I was supposed to see how much I was depending on Ben. I was supposed to realize that you can't depend on another person to provide your own balance.” 3 likes
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