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Lost It

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  4,038 ratings  ·  215 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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L.E. 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
Jennifer Wardrip
May 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for

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 01, 2009 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
Jan 25, 2009 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."
May 12, 2009 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
Oct 21, 2010 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.
Jun 21, 2011 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.
Angelica Perez
Dec 08, 2011 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
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May 23, 2010 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
Mar 19, 2014 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 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ssr
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
Jan 17, 2011 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
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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:
Stephanie A.
Jul 20, 2012 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.
Tori (alwaysbookphoenix) Kisamore
I bought this to read on vacation. I honestly liked it at the time, but looking back, all I can do is cringe.
Ginger Woods
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: burnable
I'm not a big fan of this book. I definitely think that this subject matter is for older teens (14-15 and up) but how it's written it's definitely more towards the younger crowed. I know when I was sixteen I wasn't this immature about sex and it frustrates me that Tess is. But keep in mind the main character Tess has been sheltered her whole life because they have no cable. Although her friend Zena is a bit eccentric so you would think she'd have filled Tess in on all the juicy details.

The stor
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was an easy and fun read.

Well, at least until (view spoiler)

And the ending was so abrupt that I thought one or two chapters must be missing. It felt pretty unfinished. (view spoiler)
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I blew through this book pretty quickly for not reading for some time now. it was witty and uplifting and I learned some stuff about bear attacks I will hopefully never need. Zena was funny but it took a while before you could love her because she wasn't main focus. Tess was funny and I loved learning about her deep fears, and her problems are somewhat relatable. I definitely think her mother is a nutjob to just abandon her daughter... and her father is desperate and a horrible rolefigure to ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
The best chapter of this book is the last chapter where Tess’s best friend comes home and yells at her. Seriously. This whole book was Tess being whiny and desperate.

And I get it, it’s a young novel. A first time novel. It might not actually be a bad book if you aren’t already hardened by the world lol. No, I marked this book to read in 2012, and I should have read it in 2012. I might have liked it just a tad bit more then.
Lou Bishop
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lost it was so funny! I loved Tess's descriptions of things, and how hilarious her experiences are with her best friend Zena and with her and " boyfriend' or so to speak, Benjamin Easter. This book was definitely a book I would read again and I would recommend this this book to people who love steamy romance and hilarious best friends!
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quick read, it kept me smiling throughout it!
Jill Marsillett
Feb 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book will make you hate teenagers.
Danielle Schutte
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty quick read. Some of it was kinda funny. The ending wasn't quite what I had expected. Pretty good overall.
Maggie Pendergrass
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute little teenage love story about learning to love and let go.
Laura Langworthy
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was such a fun read and so entertaining! I wish that I had a little more closure at the end but overall, definitely a fun ride!
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten!

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
Andy Gavin
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a very likable teen 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 how edgy and 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 pretty reminiscent of Judy Blume's Forever (my review HERE), and it's gone backwards in the sexual explicitness department big ...more
Katherine Marple
Sep 22, 2009 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
Dec 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone's who's looking for quirky characters
Shelves: 2007
Lost It is another book where the main character loses her virginity. Nothing original, but anything hardly is these days.

Something I should probably point out to confused readers is that the book is written in two tenses. The first chapter is written in the present tense and beyond that, Tess Whistle narrates in past tense to talk about the start of junior year and how everything began. Then, once her best friend gets sent away to her therapist Aunt, her parents off camping in Utah, and losing
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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.” 5 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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