“Twenty-two year-old Jemma can’t seem to get her life in order. Her track record with men stinks, and she constantly worries about getting fat and ending up a spinster at thirty. To top it off, she has to be a bridesmaid at her most-hated cousin’s wedding. She feels like her life is over, until Doris decides to help. Who’s Doris? Doris is Jemma’s vagina and she thinks more of Jemma than her own brain does. Doris is on a mission to save Jemma from herself, but is the task too much for one vagina to handle?” (description from Goodreads)
I don’t think there’s a better way to start off this review other than by quoting the warning on the cover: “This book contains talking genitals.” That’s what really drew me into this one. It isn’t that I’m perverted and want to hear a vagina talk. Ok, maybe a little bit…it is a humorous concept. It’s also a very unique concept, and one that I wanted to see played out.
The idea that our genitals have a “mind” of their own, and can communicate with each other opens up the opportunity to show the world through another set of “eyes.” March did a great job of bringing this perspective to readers. There were many hilarious moments that occurred between Dorris (Jemma’s vagina) and the other genitals that she encountered.
I do think that I would have liked a little more POV from down there compared to from the human characters. Some parts of the book were a little more tipped to Jemma’s actions excluding Dorris, but I might have just been spoiled by the vagina talk and craving more. With the switching from human POV to genital POV during the same scene, it threw me off (but only slightly). It’s definitely a difficult way to write a story and it did work well for the most part.
As for the story itself, there’s a good romance to it. There’s a lot going on in the short length, but I was happy how the author concluded it. I do hope there will be more books to come, as I see this is probably the start to a great series. There’s some parts I hope to see explored in future installments and I can’t wait for a further development of Jemma and Doris’ relationship.
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About the Author:
Eloise March is a woman who laughs at her own jokes, swears way too much and breaks any new diet by lunchtime on the day she starts. She believes in women’s equality, and all equality for that matter, and hopes the things she writes touch people in a positive way, and make them think about how they can create a better society for themselves and others.
In her spare time, she enjoys living as her alter ego, Dionne Lister — a suspense and YA fantasy author who is way too embarrassed to talk about vaginas. She likes spending time as Dionne because Dionne has an awesome family, wonderful friends and a cat called Lily, oh, and she has great hair.
If you’re looking for Eloise, or any information about future books in the Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure series, you can visit Dionne’s website, where Eloise has been lucky enough to get her own page. If you’re looking for a chat, you can find Ms March on Twitter.
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