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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  967 ratings  ·  190 reviews
Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz.

Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole.

But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off.
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Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 17th 2012 by Te Da Media (first published October 1st 2012)
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Kristen
DNF

I can not bring myself to finish this book! I'm at 75% and I've had enough. Talk about a bunch of crude characters! This is definitely a story about crass high school teenagers behaving amorality.   

I love books that are realistic and show the reality of life, but this book felt like I was hanging out with teens that have no other focus in life than talking about sex, behaving crudely, and figuring out how to get into each others pants. All the bed hopping became repulsive. 

The basic story is
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Rose
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The three stages of "friends to more" books:

1. Denial

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2. Someone falls first

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3. They both get their shit together

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And this one was no different. Still debating on whether I loved or hated it, but it did have some cute moments, so?
Jaime Arkin
So I knew I had to read this book when I saw my BFF tweeting bits and pieces of this and I'm so glad I did because I loved this!!

Sam Cruz is a player... and he is proud of it. Love just isn't in the cards for him. (to say he has commitment issues would be an understatement) He doesn't think he should have to look like the asshole when girls who are well aware of his reputation pull a 180 on him.

Ally Klinger is Sam's best friend, and she's happily filled that role for him, but when she gets dump
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Jen
Aug 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Thanks to netgalley for sending me a copy of this book to review!

This is a book about two teenagers who are best friends, and a lot of casual sex. Basically, Sam is a senior in high school who tries to have as much casual sex as possible and has his rules to getting in and getting out fast. Ally is also a senior who is a vegetarian, wears hemp clothing and wants to save animals and the environment and is incredibly intelligent. But after her jerk boyfriend decides to dump her, Ally decides to go
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Katy
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was just Too! Effing! HILARIOUS! From the summary, I knew this was going to be a fun book, and it sure did NOT disappoint. Yes, it was cliche. And yes, it was predictable. BUT, it has been an awfully long time since I've LITERALLY had laugh out loud moments pretty much throughout the ENTIRE book.

Before I begin, I've seen some negative reviews on this book, and they were pretty much complaints that there was so much sex and that characters were too crude. But the summary does warn us th
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Gayle
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
As I read through the first chapter of this story something kept tugging at me like an old friend trying to get you to reminisce about an event that you can’t quite remember. Suddenly it came to me that it’s the dialog that is familiar. This is the type of rapid-fire dialog of Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday, between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, or Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor’s The Philadelphia Story.

Then, there are the characters, Sam, who could easily transition into Ph
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Claire G
Book Title; Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide To Getting Girls

Author; Tellulah Darling

Publication Date; October 17th 2012


Publisher; Te Da Media

Description; Why the hell can’t chicks be more like guys?

That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can sc
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Navdha
There are times when you just want to put all the novels with paranormal romance and mythical creatures and serious issues on a back-burner and want to read a real nice, short, funny book that leaves you with a stupid grin plastered on your face. Well, I needed a book like that. And this book just gave me what I wanted.

I hadn't expected this book to be so awesome. The plot wasn't new but I wanted a book with a good sense of humor and I knew this book would fill the bill; but it was even better
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Trisha


This was pretty hilarious, although way more *smexy* than I am used to in YA. Characters are seem to be about 17 or 18, with the plot focusing on Sam & Ally's best friend relationship, and the journey to it maybe being something more. Ally is a geeky nerd girl who has just been dumped by her domineering pretentious boyfriend of two years. Devastated, Ally decides to turn her life around and act more like BFF Sam, a total player, who treats girls very badly indeed.

This is an extremely witty
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Ann Sloan
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
OK, I admit it, I’m getting too old for this kind of YA book. Sam is a high school senior? How many times has he repeated 12th grade? Because he acts like he is in his mid-20s, at least.
Even Tellulah Darling's website says that this is for older YA’s. I agree, in their 20s.
Sex, sex, sex. As I’ve asked elsewhere, when do these kids have time to go to school, do homework, finish research papers? All they do is party, use their parents’ credit cards to buy inappropriate clothes (does the school ha
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BookHookup
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original review for this story can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

Christina's Review:

**Note** An eGalley of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

The Lowdown: Sam Cruz is your typical player, but he raises the game to a level where it almost becomes an art form, and he’s damn proud of this achievement. He shuns relationships, believing it’s better to get “in” and get out before the girl gets attached. In his ide
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Rochelle
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on Books Like Stars

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Typically, I avoid NetGalley. I signed up months ago and my account sits there collecting dust because I generally have TOO MUCH to read already. But when they sent me an email alerting me about Tellulah Darling's book and read the synopsis, I just HAD to request a copy. It sounded very "Friends with Benefits meets Can't Buy Me Love" and I generally enjoy things of that nature. Hot and romantic but not too syrup
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Andrea
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of those classic teen movies in which the coolest guy in school gives a hopeless nerdy, but adorable, girl a makeover. Once the magic has been worked, the boy then realizes how beautiful the girls is, what a catch she was all along, and falls ridiculously in love with her. The first movie that comes to mind is She's All That, with Freddie Prinz, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a story much like what I've described, but told with an unab ...more
Brit
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you follow my reviews, you know that I have two extremes when it comes to genres. Smut and YA. Oddly, this book straddled the line between the two.

No, this was not some hardcore, sex-detailed book. It glossed over all those parts but they were definitely implied. So if you’re wondering if you should let your 13 year old read this… I would maybe wait a little. This is not Twilight or some “hold-up on the sex stuff until marriage” book. Nope, these are two high school students who freely do th
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Carina
So to put it simply, I had issues with this book. A lot of issues.

Some books, you can not read, because there are just too many descriptions and not much of anything else going on. No dialogue, no action, etc. This is a problem I have encountered, over and over. But I had the exact opposite problem with Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls. There was so much dialogue! Nothing was explained really. Everything moved so fast and with no transitions, I felt lost for at least the first 15% of
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Jenny E
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really cute ADULT YA book about friends to lovers. I absolutely adored Sam. SAM!! The dialogue was great and funny and real. I could definitely picture these characters vividly. They just jumped off the page!

I gave this four stars because while this book had so many things going for it, I didn't like that it switched back and forth each chapter between POV. Totally my preference ... I would've liked the whole book from Sam's POV, because while I didn't *not* like Ally, I just liked S
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Jessica Viteri
"'Friends with Benefits' is the greatest phrase ever invented by a guy. Enough said."

This is Sam Cruz's view on women. Seventeen years old and a walking man whore already. He would, and does, pretty much sleep with any girl that walks by him. Funny enough, his best friend just so happens to be a girl.

Ally Klinger has just broken up with her boyfriend of two years. Miserable, she goes to the only person she knows will make her feel better. She gets so bent out of shape at being dumped and replace
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Moon Love
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sam Cruz is hot! His rules are hot to. They help him bag any girl he wants and he's got a system going. While he's riding the high of scoring with chick after chic, his best friend Ally Klinger is crashing to the Earth after being dumped by her boyfriend on her 17th birthday. Ally wants to pay her ex back by moving on and becoming hot, and Sam reluctantly agrees. But what happens when the guy who only wants to hit and quit it starts seeing his best friend differently?

First off, I really enjoyed
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Ellis
2.5 stars

So, this is a book on:



I have a hard time deciding whether this book is ridiculous or hilarious, so it gets the 2.5 for falling right in the middle (or being both - depends on how you look at it). In the spirit of The Infallible Guide I should now probably make a very obvious remark about my use of "a hard time", as in "you can take that any way you like"/"that's what she said"/"see what I did there"/... and then a new one about the innuendo present in "you can take that" and so on. You
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Christina
My original review for this story can be found HERE on The Book Hookup.

**Note** An eGalley of this title was provided by the publishers via Net Galley. However, that did not influence this review in any way.

The Lowdown: Sam Cruz is your typical player, but he raises the game to a level where it almost becomes an art form, and he’s damn proud of this achievement. He shuns relationships, believing it’s better to get “in” and get out before the girl gets attached. In his ideal world, girls woul
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Hira
*To read more reviews by me, visit Views & Reviews *

I loved this book! It was so cute and funny! I gotta admit I was nervous about reading it because it had mixed reviews on Goodreads (half of the people gave it 4 stars and the other half gave it 1) and none of my friends have read this book. So I didn't really know what to expect. And when it started out I was still kind of unsure. But by the third chapter I started enjoying it. And when I finished it, I ended up loving it!

I love best-frien
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Emily Elizabeth
Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is Tellulah Darling's debut novel and a hilarious one at that! I read this after reading (and loving) her second novel, My Ex From Hell. I must admit that I did not enjoy this one as much. That's not to say it's a bad book. It's fantastic! It was just different than what I had expected.

If you looked up, "player" in the dictionary, you'd see Sam Cruz's face. He's a ladies man and not ashamed of it. When his best friend, Ally, asks him to teach her how
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Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
This was another random Amazon inpulse purchase. I'm lucky that that strategy has worked out well the last few times. This was a very cute, funny YA (ish) book. (Ill get back to the "ish" part since it's my only real gripe.

Sam and Ally are best friends. The kinds of best friends who have been inseparable since they were in diapers. Sam is a serious player. He is a love-em and leave-em guy, who isn't shy about his attitude about relationships.

"Sweet, idiotic boy, contrary to your belief that yo
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Gem
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, Te Da Media and Tellulah Darling for allowing me to read this before the publication date.

Sam Cruz is your typical player, and he knows it! He goes for pretty much every girl, apart from his best friend, Ally. She gets dumped by her earthy, vegan boyfriend on her birthday. Together Sam and Ally make a pact to transform her into a female version of him. But has his plan worked too well? When Sam realises he’s attracted to Ally will he decide to choose friendship over his lust
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Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm annoyed with the universe for not bringing Tellulah Darling to my attention before last week. That's one big bad in the universes part.

Now, this book. LOL, let's start with all that's horrible: It's a little predictable. Tragedy, right? ::said with a huge dose of sarcasm::

As for all the great in this book:
The writing - fresh and spot on.
The voices - best 17yo voices in this genre, for sure. I'm still boggled when I remember how fantastically Darling channeled Sam. Then you have Ally, then n
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Risbee
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
This whole New Adult genre...I am in love.

What typically happens when I read a book with characters in HS, I reminisce and fall in love with perfect boy with the perfect swoon. And then the cranky, cynical little voice in my head starts to protest because that perfect boy doesn't exist in RL. Well, at least he didn't when I was in HS.

But the characters in this book, are "real" characters. The crudeness and the snark and the humor, THAT is the type of relationship that 17 year olds have. I admit
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Jess (the cozy reader)
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc
Big thanks to Diane and Tellulah for an ARC copy for review.

What a cute and funny story all wrapped into one. It reminded me of one of my old favorite movies from the early 2000's called Whatever It Takes with similar aspects. I loved Sam and Ally's perspectives, those two had me laughing out loud quite a bit, and still wanting to shake them both at the same time.

Sam is the your popular, teenage boy who is also loves the girls. The boy is a player and he is well aware. When his best Ally gets
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Richard Hayes
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author.

There are three types of books. Those that grab the reader within the first few pages, those that take a little longer and those that fail to grab the reader. This book is one that if I hadn't received a copy for an honest review, I would have probably stopped reading after about 50 to 75 pages, but I felt honor bound to finish reading the book and review it.

The two main characters in the book are Sam and Ally. Two teenagers who have
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Seanean
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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Sam Cruz has been a major player for a while now. He may just be a high school senior, but he's got all the moves. He has mastered the one-night stand. No sex at his place. No cuddles after. He's the "hit 'em and quit 'em" type all the way.

If only the girls weren't always looking for something more...

When Sam's best friend, Ally, gets dumped, she begs Sam for help. She wants to be a player, too. Just a few one-night stands with no emotional attachments w
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Erin Arkin
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
So a few people I know were tweeting/talking about this book so I was super happy when I received a copy.

Sam is a player and best friends with Ally who is a self-proclaimed geek. When Ally's boyfriend of 2 years breaks up with her, she asks Sam to teach her how to be more like him. I loved the switching point of views as it gave both sides of how the story progressed without creating a lot of repetition.

One of the great things about this story was the way the relationship changed between Sam a
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Tellulah Darling
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1) YA & New Adult romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2) Firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy and awkwardness ensues.
3) Sassy minx.

Both a hopeless romantic and total cynic, Tellulah Darling is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. Her romcoms come in a variet
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