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Since starting school, my last few weeks have been incredibly hectic! (You’ll know all about that if you follow my Instagram stories :))). So when I finally got chance to dig into this one, I thought I might have missed the boat and that it was maybe more of a summer read.
In fact, it was actually a perfect read for this time of year because it follows our main character as she moves into and navigates college!
This was such a sweet and exciting read, so let me tell you all about it! *This is going to be a pretty short and snappy review (uni applications are killing me) so I hope you don’t mind!
“A hilarious and vulnerable coming-of-age story about the thrilling new experiences––and missteps––of a girl’s freshman year of college
Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Elliot McHugh is not one of those people. But picking a major is the last thing on Elliot’s mind when she’s too busy experiencing all that college has to offer—from dancing all night at off-campus parties, to testing her RA Rose’s patience, to making new friends, to having the best sex one can have on a twin-sized dorm room bed. But she may not be ready for the fallout when reality hits. When the sex she’s having isn’t that great. When finals creep up and smack her right in the face. Or when her roommate’s boyfriend turns out to be the biggest a-hole. Elliot may make epic mistakes, but if she’s honest with herself (and with you, dear reader), she may just find the person she wants to be. And maybe even fall in love in the process . . . Well, maybe.“
I’m going to university (UK version of college) next year so this was a really nice read to get excited for it! If you’re far past that stage in your life, it also might be a nice one to remind you of the good old years!!
I loved following the whole moving, making friends, stressing about classes, aspect of moving into college (it’s something I find really exciting!).
This book had such a happy and bouncy tone throughout and it was also so sex positive, which I love!
Elliot (our female MC) was initially quite a typical college student- a little lost, not sure on her major yet, putting on a brave face for her dad who’s dropped her off.
But she quickly became one of the most interesting contemporary MCs I’ve ever followed. The writing was stunning and her voice was so witty! I constantly felt like I was present in the story and she was speaking directly to me. Also, the footnotes were so funny and increased my reading experience by about 100%.
Her roommate Lucy is probably the best, most iconic roommate you could ever ask for; she was just the sweetest thing ever and added such a lovely element to the story. And she wasn’t one dimensional at all! She was completely developed in a way that made me want to read a whole book from her perspective.
I’ve already mentioned this a little, but the college atmosphere was just so fun and exciting. I needed a book to take me completely out of my own stresses at the minute and this was so light and airy. I felt completely immersed in the story and I just wanted to be there!
And even though the usual stresses of college were present, it didn’t feel tedious at all; Elliot made even the dullest aspects of school seem exciting and spontaneous.
This story doesn’t take up a lot of brain space and it didn’t bombard me with loads of information right from the off.
The plot was a fun and joyful meander through college, sexual experiences, making friends; basically being a teenager starting to become an adult!
There’s really not much more to say about this book except that I can absolutely see why it’s already so acclaimed. I didn’t get bored for one second.
If you’re in college at the moment (especially in the US), I’m pretty sure you’ll see a lot of your experiences mirrored (but also turned completely on their head). And even if you’re completely removed from this setting, I think you’d still get a lot out of this witty, fun and totally sex-positive book!
Have you heard about Fresh? Will you be checking it out after reading my review? It’s a perfect one for this time of year, especially if you’ve just started college/uni! Let me know down below in the comments! You can also DM me directly on Instagram 🙂