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Sometimes it takes getting hit with a hockey puck to help you see what's good for you! Carolyn Mackler is back -- and V is off on a solo road trip -- in this funny, poignant follow-up to VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE.V Valentine is the queen of meaningless hookups. Ever since her mom dumped her with her grandparents, she has bounced from guy to guy. But in the spring of senior yeSometimes it takes getting hit with a hockey puck to help you see what's good for you! Carolyn Mackler is back -- and V is off on a solo road trip -- in this funny, poignant follow-up to VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE.V Valentine is the queen of meaningless hookups. Ever since her mom dumped her with her grandparents, she has bounced from guy to guy. But in the spring of senior year, a fateful hockey puck lands her in the lap of Sam Almond. Right from the start, things with Sam are different. V is terrified to admit it, but this might be meaningful after all. On the afternoon of graduation, V receives some shocking news. Later, at a party, she makes an irreversible mistake and risks losing Sam forever. When her mom invites her to Texas, V embarks on a cross-country road trip with the hopes of putting two thousand miles between herself, Sam, and the wreckage of that night. With her trademark blend of humor and compassion, Carolyn Mackler takes readers on an unforgettable ride of missed exits, misadventures, and the kind of epiphanies that come only when you're on a route you've never taken before....

Title : Guyaholic
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ISBN : 9780763625375
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Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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Guyaholic Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-05-28 15:59

    Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.comVivienne Vail Valentine - no wonder she needs a nickname. "V" is her name, and guys are her game.A game she learned well ...from her mom. That would be the same mom who dumped her at her grandparents house to live, which, by the way, was probably the best gift she ever gave her one and only child.To say V has trust issues would be like saying the sun can burn. She shimmies from one guy to the next with the grace of a goddess, leaving nothing but broken hearts in her wake. That is, until she finds herself on the wrong end of a hockey puck, bleeding in the lap of a fellow fan.Head wounds bleed, by the way, a lot. And Sam Almond didn't flinch when he used his sweatshirt to plug the hole in her head that would later require eighteen stitches.Sam didn't consider himself a hero, and V didn't want to think of him as such, because it scared her. He scared her. He was different.When the opportunity arises for her to return to her old ways, she convinces herself it's the way to go, it's who she is; it's who her mother made her. But at what cost?

  • Steph Su
    2019-05-22 15:58

    V Valentine, the insuppressible anti-hero from VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE, is back in a story about her own growing up and falling into love. All her life, V has flitted from one boy to the next at breakneck speed, never stopping to allow any possible emotions to cling to her. Then one fateful hockey game she crosses paths with Sam. Somehow things with him are different.Could it be that Sam is V’s first real boyfriend? V isn’t so sure. And given her own mother’s history with numerous men, she’s pretty certain that love, the kind of emotion that causes you to remain faithful to only one person, doesn’t exist. So she constantly pushes Sam away, denying her feelings and, finally, permanently wrecking any relationship they had.Ashamed, V decides to take a cross-country car trip by herself to visit her mother, whom she has not seen for a while now. Her adventure is nothing spectacular, but it’s the thinking that V does on the trip that causes her to realize how she’s different from her mother, and how she’s grown and is, just maybe, ready to open up to love.While not one of my favorite books of hers, Carolyn Mackler’s novel GUYAHOLIC is nevertheless entertaining, a heartwarming overture for a girl who, despite her faults, we love. It’s impossible not to cheer for V as she survives her car trip and learns about herself in the process.

  • Laura's Book Addiction
    2019-05-19 15:45

    I loved Guyaholic with all my heart it was amazing. This was my first book that I have read by Carolyn Mackler and can't wait to read more by her. I had no idea that this is the second book of this series so now I am going to read the first book.

  • Kellsey
    2019-06-13 22:59

    Guyaholic is definitely one of my new favorite books. The book has a lot of descriptions and details that really brings you into it. V spends the whole school year trying to figure out who she really is. With her mom constantly moving everywhere from guy to guy, V is constantly being thrown in new situations. Her mom teaches her no values or morals so V has no direction on what she wants her life to be like. She starts to take her mom's lead and sleep with a good amount of guys. Her mom eventually forces her to live with her grandparents so she can finish her senior year. A guy named Sam falls in love with V, but V denies being in love with him accustomed to how she was brought up. She rejects Sam and he runs away to California. After her mom doesn't show up to her graduation, V plans to find her mom by driving all the way from New York to Texas. After she almost makes it to her house, her mom moves again, so V changes her route to California and finds Sam instead. The book was really suspenceful and I would recommend it to any girl.

  • Belissa Etienne
    2019-06-08 00:12

    This story is about a senior girl in high school. Her name is Vivienne, V is for short. Vivienne is the type of girl who sometimes messes around with guys in high school. But then when she least a expects it she meets Sam, who is also a senior in high school. But V isn't the settle down type of girl, which she gets from her mom. V's mom is,Aimee, is also a run around girl. She has always had V switching to different houses. Until she finally was brought to her grandparents house where she kinda got a life. So after all that V has graduated she drives around to another state and looks for her Mr.Right.I would refer this book to people,mostly girls though.I personally enjoyed the book. I might have learned something too, what I learned is you should never let the one that you actually really love go away from you.

  • KRISTI♫ ♪
    2019-05-17 17:10

    EIGHT CHAPTERS IN: All I can say is...Guyaholic. Is. HILARIOUS. There's some REALLY REALLY sad/emotional parts in it. But it is absolutely hilarious. A very well written book. FINISHED WITH BOOK: Wow. Incredible. VERY FUNNY at certain times but at other times, it gets very emotional and very intense. A GGGRRREATTTT book. A MUST READ. I would recommend this book to MATURE teenagers. Why? Well, there's lots of stuff in there that wouldn't be appropriate for IMMATURE teens to read. Also, OLDER teens would be better too. Some of the writing in there is not appropriate for YOUNG teens to read. Overall? A GREAT and INCREDIBLE book. I finished it in two days. It has also taught me A LOT. A MUST READ!

  • sarah
    2019-06-06 18:58

    I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did by the end of it. The first book is still definitely my favorite but it was nice to get a deeper dive into V’s character.

  • Breanna Reardon
    2019-06-06 23:45

    Alright book, I think the ending was terrible. And once again I read a book without realizing it was a sequel to another.

  • Liz
    2019-05-21 19:45


  • YA Reads Book Reviews
    2019-06-12 19:13

    V has had a pretty messed up life. Aimee – her mother – spent the first seventeen years of V’s life dragging her from one town to the next in search of love. But Aimee isn’t into the long-term commitment thing, and her and V were always running from Aimee’s romantic mistakes. Consequently, V hasn’t had any stability and she hasn’t made any real friends. But that was all before Brockport, before Aimee decided V would be better off living with her grandparents. Brockport brings with it a family kind of life, plus the chance for V to really settle in and make some decent friends. And lets not forget, a new town means a whole new set of boy prospects…V loves guys, but she isn’t really a relationship kind of girl – just like her mother. So when things with Sam get hot and heavy and he starts throwing the couple word around, V defiantly finds someone else to make out with at their graduation party. They get busted, of course, and Sam leaves for college early without so much as a goodbye. Its out of character for V to feel remorse over something like this – after all, she tried telling him time after time that she wasn’t into the whole relationship thing – but something is different this time, and remorse eats at V from the inside out.Instead of apologizing to Sam, like any normal person would, she runs. V hits the road and drives thousands of miles across the country to visit her mother. But Sam already left town, so what is V running from? She’s not sure, but driving on the open road is a great opportunity to look at oneself and work it out.Why is V so afraid of a relationship? And why on earth did she go and do something like cheat on Sam? Sam didn’t deserve that, and V knows there were other, more appropriate ways for her to get her message across to him. It was the lowest thing she could have done…As she drives across the country she realises that she’s a lot more like her mother than she first thought. She loves Aimee, but really, does she want to be like her? Aimee is selfish, irresponsible and incapable of caring about anything other than herself. Is it too late for V, or can she change?V isn’t the kind of character that I’m normally drawn to. Guyaholic is a companion novel to Vegan Virgin Valentine, and that’s the reason I picked it up. I didn’t like V in Vegan, Virgin, Valentine and honestly, I didn’t really like her in this novel either. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t think it was a good read. Over the years, I’ve encountered hundreds of characters that I haven’t liked, and I’ve never really been interested in their outcome. V, however, is a different story altogether. Although I don’t agree with most of her choices, and I couldn’t see myself ever wanting to be her friend, I became whole-heartedly invested in her story. As I read, I found my stomach twisting as I turned the pages. Though I didn’t like her, I wanted things to work out for her and being inside her head wasn’t an unpleasant experience at all.I’ve always been a fan of Carolyn Mackler’s work. Guyaholic only reaffirmed her brilliance for me.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-17 22:59

    I remember reading the first book, but obviously that one didn’t make much of an impression on me, otherwise I would remember the characters of Mara and James, which I don’t. As well, I don’t remember the characters from the other book Carolyn Mackler wrote, even though she won an award for it. I’m a sucker for awards, so you’d think I’d noticed. Huh. I’m considering re-reading The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.V Valentine can’t commit to a relationship. Even though things with Sam are different and she really likes him, she still can’t become officially boyfriend and girlfriend with the guy. When she screws up their relationship the night of their graduation party, V has to rethink her life. With a road trip by herself. And wonder what went wrong between Sam and her, between her mother and her, or just between herself. I think this is a very good self-discovery book, especially since V is a strong character. She’s just very realistic to me. I haven’t met someone with her personality, but the author presents a very truthful image of a girl who’s been messed by her mother’s actions that she’s scared to love. As well, the things she says and the actions she takes, I don’t find fault in that. I might not have agreed with half the things V did or said, but I can tell what brought her to this point. And, towards the end, she does change. I particularly liked the beginning portion of the book. The characters are presented and the conflict kicks in. It’s just towards the end that things don’t really match. The author seemed to have rushed the ending, because the latter portion seemed very unrealistic to me. Like the avocado dip guy, for example. I know there are some very friendly people out there, BUT V and the guy’s just met for like three seconds and they’re pouring their heart and souls to each other. Okay, so it’s not that impossible, but I thought the author was just trying to get a way for V to realize that she went on the road trip not to see her mother, but to drive to California for Sam. I’m just saying the author could’ve used a more realistic method, like contacting Mara or even Aimee and see what they have to say, because a random stranger doesn’t make sense to me. Other than that, the book kind of seemed lost somewhere halfway. At some point, V did too much poking into her inner voices and reasoning that it became messy and hard to understand the point behind it. Although I do like the self-discovery and innermost moments because they were real and deep, it would have been better if it was organized and not scattered. Although, of course, the book This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen wih a similar storyline was in all ways one of the best reads.

  • Mackenzie H
    2019-05-31 17:57

    I gave this book 4 out of 5 starsPlot summery-Vivienne, who goes by V, was born by her teenaged mom who is with a different guy every other month. She moved everywhere in the country, living an unstable life. One day her mom sent her to live with her grandparents. V lived there for years, longer than she lived anywhere. At first when she live with her grandma and grandpa she slept around, smoked, partied, and even did drugs. She met a different guy this time in a strange way and she got her act together. This guy was different than all of the others. They are a happy, young couple until they get in a fight. V makes a few bad choices as the result of alcohol. The perfect couple splits and her perfect guy moves. Her mother has never been there for here, not her graduation, not her birthday, and not now. She goes on a cross-country journey to find all of the things she's been missing the most and things she never even knew she was missing. Main Characters-Vivienne- goes by V, slept around, did drugs, just graduated, lives with her grandparents, pretty, tall, thin, smart, doesn't like to be alone, not girlfriend material, and used to move a lotSam- kind, nice, funny, has an annoying family, strong willed, caring, good cook, down to earth, understanding, and forgivingKey Issues- Drugs, cheating, smoking, stubbornness, relationship issues, and always being let downDynamic Character-V is the dynamic character because her trip changes the way she thinks of the world, people she knows, and herself.Other Information-This book made me feel sympathy for people with parents who aren't always there for them. This book was very unpredictable. The book was told in first person with such detail it seems like you're right there with V on her extensive journey. When her heart gets broken it feels like yours did too. When she describes the open fields she sees that stretch for miles and mile or the earthy, dirt type smell it feels like you are there standing amongst row after row of crops. When the humid air and hot temperature is described it feel like summer again. Every moment in this book is describes with so much detail and the upmost accuracy it feels like you are right there in the moment with Vivienne herself. I would recommend this book to at least a teen reader I mean the title is Guyaholic after all. This book is also more of a book for girls, because it is from a girl's point of view. Overall this book was very good.

  • Ally
    2019-05-26 22:08

    I'll admit it's been awhile since I wrote anything on my blog. In fact, the thing I wrote was a review for an Amy Plum book. Anyway, now I'm moving on to Guyaholic which is only about a hundred and twenty pages. It's a rather short book that anyone can read during bathroom break. On second thought, don't read it during a bathroom break. That's disgusting. Along with disturbing. I definitely won't touch any of your books. Okay, the main character, V, is caught monologuing. Well, most of the time, she's complaining about her girl problems and whatever. I learned nothing about this book other than the fact about monologuing. The only fact I learned about monologuing: Never get caught doing it for a chapter or more. It gets too boring. Basically, the only way the character development gets moved forward is by monologuing. Anytime there's dialogue is like a sheep among wolves. (I'm referring wolves as monologues). This is going to be a fairly short review. I'm too tired to think about anything, especially after watching Agent Ward (Agents of Shield) kill Agent Hand and the two guards in cold blood. I can't believe he's HYDRA agent. Anyway, I have to sleep on it. Ahhh! Everything is so messed up in my review. I feel like I'm dizzy or something. It's midnight and I need to sleep. I have class tomorrow. Yawn, yawn.The only big topic this book teaches is that sleeping with a lot of guys is never a good idea. I mean, one man and one woman is already complicated enough. Suddenly, this author decides, hey! Why not add a bunch more of guys to this book? That's when it gets really complicated.The only thing I will probably remember is how inappropriate this book is. And monologues. Especially monologues. I thought Shakespeare was already enough. Of course, it isn't. And how big of a hooker (well, she might as well be) V is.Short book. Boring plot that's not worth mentioning at all. Everything is boring. No car trip with boy. Just car trip with monologues. Thank you, goodbye. Night, night.Rating: One out of Five

  • Katy
    2019-05-24 20:00

    I think this book had a lot of potential, but I think overall, the story was very rushed, and the emotions involved were so surface deep.First of all, I didn't really connect with V's relationship with Sam. It was over just as soon as it started, and I didn't get a chance to fall in love with him. I thought maybe Mackler did this on purpose because V was emotionally involved herself. But I think whereas V got to know Sam and just took him for granted, I didn't get to learn about Sam and what makes him so great.I also thought the end was very abrupt. The book goes through a long journey from the east coast to Texas, and then one minute she made the decision to go to California, and the next day, she was at his doorstep. Two pages later, the book was over. She didn't apologize. They didn't discuss anything. I felt like they didn't really resolve anything. I mean, she cheated on him. It's that easy for him to forgive her with no talk whatsoever?And I didn't think that was the only thing left unresolved. V didn't learn anything in this whole book in regards to her mother other than the fact that she can't trust her mother to be there for her. It's kind of sad that this book leaves us with this thought. I was hoping her mother would make a turnaround because it's part of the responsibilities of being a mother.And I don't think she learned to appreciate her grandparents more either. I mean, the scene at the hotel did show her that they would be there for her no matter what, but I wasn't sure if she really appreciated it or not. She may have, and Mackler just didn't say it point blank. But I actually wanted her to have that revelation because I'm sure it's not easy taking in a rebel grandchild whose mother doesn't really want to have anything to do with her.Overall, this was a cute read. I just wish Mackler had slowed down a bit to let us connect with V and all of her problems.

  • Adele
    2019-05-31 16:12

    V is the more vibrant and dominating character in Mackler's previous work, Vegan Virgin Valentine and it's great to see her have a story of her own. What I loved about revisiting this character is exploring why she behaved in certain ways throughout the previous book. Why she had the obscenity written over her fingers when she got off the plane. Why she resisted auditioning for musical theatre. What her life had been like with the nomadic, flighty Aimee.Mackler has a talent for creating stories that mine the humour of a situation while exploring matters of the heart. While Sam is an important figure in Guyaholic (he loves V for her flaws), he isn't the heart of this tale. This story is ultimately about how many chances you can give a parent, how many times can you be cruelly deserted, before you write that person off?That being said, V's journey and continual act of self-destruction grate after awhile. Yes, it is very realistic that a person lashes out, when another hurts them, but V's primarily driven by her libido. She will be missing Sam and then suddenly kissing another guy (and more) and I cannot help but wonder if she deserves Sam. Yes, she's been hurt, yes she's a product of non-parenting but does that justify her actions?A great read, it is a Mackler after all, but I wouldn't say it's on par with the butt book that I love so dearly. Regardless, you need to give this a whirl.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-11 18:46

    In Guyaholic we left off with V starting her road trip to San Antonio, Texas. The first night she gets lost and ends up staying in a yucky hotel room. The next night she ends up in Eerie and decides to stay with her friend from works brother and his family, she hooks up with his son Nate but Sam is still on her mind. Next she ends up staying with her aunt Mara who is only a year older than her and they talk about Sam and V’s mom. Then she stays with old friends in Missouri for a week while finally ending up in San Antonio where her mom ditches. Devastated and heartbroken she ends up driving to California where she goes to see Sam and that’s when her “true” story begins.I really actually liked this book, V was a great character to read about. She overcame so much in just one summer road trip. She definitely had a colorful background but I liked how the story ended with her saying it’s only the beginning. All the other characters and situations were realistic and entertaining to read. My favorite character was probably Sam because he knew someday she would find her way too him. It was a fast paced book perfect for young adults that will be off on their own sometime soon. It tells the quick story of growing up and forgetting your past and searching for a bright future.Hatched- to bring forth or produce; devise; create; contrive; concoct: to hatch a scheme.

  • Lindsay Paige
    2019-05-26 16:07

    Title Thoughts: I love it and it fits.Cover Thoughts: Appealing wise, I don't particularly like it. However, it is prefect for the book. We have NY license plates, thosee strappy heels, and the car. WARNINGS: As you can tell from the synopsis, hookups are involved but vaguely described, if any.Let me just go ahead and throw this out there. I most definitely will be reading more by Carolyn Mackler. I was consumed in V's life and everything that was happening with her. She's stuck wih her grandparents because her mom runs off to different locations with different guys. V has meaningless hookups to keep from getting close. Then Sam comes along.I traveled with V on her journey across the country and of self discovery. She learns more about herself and possibly about her mother. V sees her hookups in a new light and discovers the real reason behind her journey. I was sad to see V's story come to an end. I hope there are more books to come in this series. I wanted the book to keep going so I could get all the gritty details about what happens next, even if I do have a good idea.Addict's Last Words: With Guyaholic, Mackler may have just caused a new addiction for her work.To Buy or To Borrow: This is a buy for me! (Although, I would suggest reading the first book before this one, only so you can keep reading about V.)

  • Abby Johnson
    2019-05-30 16:52

    V's conquests have an expiration date of about 2 weeks. She's always chasing a new guy. She loves 'em and leaves 'em. So why is it that Sam has stuck around for three whole months? All V has ever known has been boucing around different places while her mom goes from guy to guy. Now that V's living with her grandparents, getting into college, and dating Sam, things can finally change... Until V does something to mess everything up. It'll take more than she knows to fix everything... but maybe everything can really change.In this book, Mackler explores the character of Vivienne Vail Valentine who first appeared in Vegan Virgin Valentine. She's a much different main characters than some of Mackler's others and it certainly shows Mackler's strength as a writer that she's able to get inside her head and actually make readers feel sympathetic. (I have to admit that it took me probably half the book to really start feeling sympathetic, but I did!)Seeing a different kind of character was off-putting at first, but ultimately I think it made me like Carolyn Mackler even more. I still think I liked her others more, but this one was definitely worth the read.Readalike suggestions: For another character with similar problems, try This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Books in the Gossip Girl vein might appeal as well...

  • Nicole
    2019-06-05 16:11

    Wow. That was my first reaction to this book. I didn’t realize that today’s YA involves such powerful storylines that are this masterfully done. (Guess I’ve been reading too much Gossip Girl, Private, and the like—while enjoyable, they’re nothing like this!) Throughout Guyaholic, I felt I was right there with V to experience all her ups and downs.V was born to a teenager who moved them from place to place and, of course, boyfriend to boyfriend before leaving V with her parents so she could pursue yet another man. Even though V’s had stability for a while with her grandparents, she still experiences many letdowns at the hands of her mother. Promises are made and quickly broken, which causes V’s grandparents to become concerned enough to suggest therapy. V’s unhappy relationship with her mother is likely why she sets about sabotaging her relationship with Sam, the one guy who made it past her two week limit, before he “abandons” her when it comes time for both of them to leave for college.I quite enjoyed the ending. It actually came as a surprise to me. Somehow I just expected a different outcome to her road trip; although part of the ending is sad, V does get the chance for a happy ending.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-14 21:03

    The title makes this book sound more frivolous than it is, really, and is probably the reason I have to put this on my "guilty" shelf. Ok, so the main character, V, sees guys as potential hookups rather than people or relationships, but until she meets Sam, the feeling is usually mutual. Sam wants a real relationship, not just sex. He wants to be her boyfriend and go to the prom. Even though V recognizes that Sam is different (when he kisses her for the first time she thinks "So this is what the fuss is all about"), the idea of a committed relationship just freaks her out. When she finally pushes hard enough that he leaves, she realizes what she's lost and eventually figures herself out enough to try to get it back.I was a little disturbed by all the casual (and even the not-so-casual) sex, but that's a reflection of me and my morals. It made me feel old--when I was in high school I wasn't naive enough to think that no one was having sex, but none of my friends were, or at least they weren't talking about it. Plus I was a little disturbed that there was no mention of STDs or birth control, except for one mention of condom use. At that age that's probably not the first thing they think about, but I'd be cautious to recommend this to a high school student.

  • Marci
    2019-05-30 20:49

    Vegan, Virgin, Valentine is one of my most favorite books and so I was super excited to hear the next edition to the Valentine's adventures. I absolutely loved watching V's crazy adventure unfold bit by bit, but I definitely have mixed feelings about this book… I was a little upset with the plot line. So basically V embarks on a road trip from Brockport to Texas to visit her flake of a mother. The mother who would rather chase some random hook-up than be with her own daughter. Yes, I'm bitter…I know. Aimee is constantly hurting V, over and over. V is still in denial about everything… Extremely well told, but a little all over the place. Also I was pretty bummed that everything didn't work out with Aimee, and V was once again left disappointed and heartbroken… But Sam and V did get a happy ending which was nice. But Sam doesn't really say much. You don't know much about him really. I still loved Guyaholic and V's story once again, though :) If you're headed on a road trip any time soon be sure to read this one!!!!

  • Dlora
    2019-06-03 19:09

    I should have realized with a book entitled Guyaholic that I'd be getting a lot of sex in the story but I thought Young Adult novels had certain lines they didn't cross. It seems those lines have shifted since I was reading Young Adult novels. (Sarah, don't let the girls read books from the library until you have vetted them first!) However, the character growth and storyline of this novel was very good. V is living with her grandparents because her flighty mother thought it would be good for her to be in one place for her last two years of high school. Up until now, V's single mom has moved them from city to city and boyfriend to boyfriend as the mood takes her. We see V beginning to realize how much her own inability to form a lasting relationship has been shaped by her mother. I thought the author did an excellent job describing how V begins to understand and consciously deal with her relationship with her mother and who she wants to be herself. V is an appealing, brave, vibrant character--as well as quite promiscuous!

  • Angie Fisher
    2019-06-12 17:48

    Vivienne Vail Valentine, no wonder she needs a nickname. “V” is her name, and guys are her game. A game she learned well …from her mom. That would be the same mom who dumped her at her grandparents house to live, which, by the way, was probably the best gift she ever gave her one and only child.To say V has trust issues would be like saying the sun can burn. She shimmies from one guy to the next with the grace of a goddess, leaving nothing but broken hearts in her wake. That is until she finds herself on the wrong end of a hockey puck, bleeding in the lap of a fellow fan. Head wounds bleed, by the way, a lot. And Sam Almond didn’t flinch when he used his sweatshirt to plug the hole in her head that would later require eighteen stitches. Sam didn’t consider himself a hero, and V didn’t want to think of him as such, because it scared her. He scared her. He was different. When the opportunity arises for her to return to her old ways, she convinces herself it’s the way to go, it’s who she is; it’s who her mother made her. But at what cost?

  • Runa
    2019-05-26 21:46

    You know what? This was a really rare instance of a sequel that I enjoyed significantly more than its predecessor. This main character's flaws ran much deeper and made for a more engaging read. It's still nowhere near being a perfect book, but I much preferred V's journey of self-exploration to Mara's somewhat shallow one. I wish we had gotten to see more of Aimee, I wish we had gotten to see more of Michael, I wish there had been more. I got so confused when I reached the end, literally flipping around to see if I'd skipped something or if there was more afterwards, and was surprised to find nothing left. I'm all for books that leave open endings, that's fine, but this one just felt unfinished. I wonder if there will be a third book in the series? I really hope so. On another note, what an attention-bait of a title. This book is not about V being a 'guyaholic' (although a case may be made for it actually being about Aimee). This is about V's strained relationship with her mother. Questionable marketing decision is questionable.

  • Franchesca
    2019-06-08 15:50

    In Carolyn Mackler's book Guyaholic, V is beginning her life as an adult graduating from college. Little does she know that before she goes off to Boston University, she will be going on a trip of discovery. V begins her story in a prequel to Guyaholic, but in this book she finds herself slowly falling in love with Sam even though she herself will not admit it. Sam wants commitment, prom, and promises but V is more than ready to fill up her gas tank and drive the opposite direction. At her high school graduation, V looks out onto the crowd and is dissapointed that her mother, Aimee is not present. After hiding tears and putting on a brave face, Aimee invites V to spend the summer with her. Unbeknowst to V, this summer roadtrip will put a strain on her "relationship" with Sam.V's roadtrip symbolizes her "memory lane". She begins unfold the mysteries which she lives by and her restrain to commit to other guys. While on he journey, she goes through some form of self discovery.

  • Medeia Sharif
    2019-05-21 23:51

    Vivienne, aka V, doesn’t believe in meaningful relationships. Her mother bounced from guy to guy, leading V from city to city, and she eventually ditched V with her grandparents. V’s mother isn’t there for her daughter, always cancelling plans to meet with her.As a result, V doesn’t allow herself to believe that there’s something serious between her and Sam Almond, a long-term boyfriend whom she doesn’t want to admit is long-term. V does something foolish and drives Sam away. When she goes on a road trip by herself across the country to visit her mother, V realizes that her loving and leaving guys and ruining things with Sam isn’t who she is.This is a wonderful road trip novel about a girl opening herself up to possibilities and rejecting the hurt of the past. At first V isn’t likable, but once the mother drama and V’s dismissal of it becomes more apparent, I couldn’t help but root for her. Mackler is the go-to writer for great, contemporary YA novels with female leads.

  • steph :D Taszarek
    2019-06-04 00:14

    So far in my book i am more then half way through and the book. It is just getting more and more better as i read! Where i am at the book so far is that V is going on a road trip before summer ends to her mom's house. She hasn't saw her mother for about 2 years, ever since she shipped her off to her grandparents house when she left with her new boyfriend to Texas. Mean her mom missed her walk down for graduation, her mom invited her to go down to Texas to run away from her troubles..such as Sam.Sam is the boy V was dating, but she never truly saw how much Sam cared & loved her until he ran off to California after him and her got into a fight and broke apart. Ever since the night of the fight V is seeing Sam's face and missing him through out her road trip to Texas. I really enjoy this book because it explains how complicating life can be, and that running away from your problems might never be the right choice.

  • katie
    2019-06-10 18:55

    I love Carolyn Mackler so I was so excited to discover she wrote a book from V's point of view. Aimee once again let's down V- this time she is a no show at her graduation. Upset but not willing to admit it, V reacts by cheating on her nice guy boyfriend, Sam, thus breaking his heart. Sam runs off to Berkeley early and V mopes around. G-ma and G-dad want her to go see a therapist but Aimee has another idea- go to Texas for the summer and stay with her. V instantly falls in love with the idea of a cross country road trip. She convinces her grandparents and sets off. Vegan, Virgin Valentine is the better of the two but Guyaholic held its own. It was nice to know V a little better and see the strain relationship with her and Aimee. You feel her pain Aimee continuously lets her down. We meet people from her past- a young couple in Seattle and an ex boyfriend of Aimee's. Of course Mara makes an appearance (I was so heart broken to hear James and her are no more).

  • Isabellat
    2019-05-16 16:51

    I really liked the book, Guyaholic by Carolyn Mackler. This book was about a girl who jumps from boy to boy, because she doesn't have that male figure in her life. She thinks she needs a guy in her life to be happy. Her mom lives really far away from her. Her mother hasn't been a very good one. She misses V's graduation and V is really upset about it. I like the part where she is in a hotel and she is hiding on the bed because she thought she saw a rat because I do that too, even when I'm at my house. I loved how she drove all the way across the country to see her mom. I thought that was very sweet. I did not like the part where she got there to see her mom and her mom wasn't there. She was on some tropical island because her boyfriend broke up with her and she needed some time away. I thought that was really rude of her mom to do. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The character really reminded me of myself.

  • Samantha
    2019-06-01 20:53

    The way V throws men around is comical. The main character in this book goes through men like candy. But, when she is faced with a man she actually wants to stay with, she does not know what to do. She is used to dumping a guy before she can get too emotionally attached to the relationship. Just like her mother does. The relationship between V and her mother, Amy, is strained and awkward. V wants to be more like her Mom by going through do many guys, but her desperate actions are not getting her any attention from her Mom.The plot of the book is that she breaks up with Sam (commitment issues) and then goes on a cross-country roadtrip to go see her mother in San Antonio. But when her mother decides she does not want to see V, V makes a decision that can impact her life for the good. She decides that it is possible to take a leap of faith, and to trust your instincts sometimes.