Freshman Orientation–Book review and giveaway!
Thankfully, I lived with my best friend during my college days because the idea of living with these girls makes my eye twitch. Talk about personality clashes. But it is fun to read about.
College Life 101: Freshman Orientation (Release Date: December 18 2015)
Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.
Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.
These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.
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I’ll be honest, it was difficult to get into this book but once I got to know the characters, College Life 101 grew on me. I suppose having the main characters show the worst sides of their personalities was intentional. Having initially hated all five girls for being… well, awful! But that’s the point right? Shoving five different people together under stressful circumstances, naturally everyone will be at their worst.
As the story progressed and I got to know the real girls, I enjoyed it more. It was a cute read. One that reminded me of my misspent youth, and also of how catty young women can be. Damn, we can be terrible creatures!
If the author’s intention was for readers to find the beginning of the story intensely irritating and stressful, then she was successful. Using the characters’ initial impressions as a device was definitely a clever way to create an authentic experience. As I said before, as you get to know the real girls, you will warm up to them and the rest of the story.
This book will appeal to new adults starting the next chapter of their life and also to people like me who have “been there, done that.” Those were the days 😉
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About the Author
J.B. was born in Philadelphia, PA but has lived in California, Arizona and Maryland (while attending The University of Maryland Eastern Shore). Although she works as a Lead Time Entry Analyst, her first love is and has always been writing. She admits to having an over active imagination and to being a chronic day dreamer, both have helped with her writing. (She says that the scenes from her books play like a movie in her head). Aside from writing, she enjoys martial arts and reading.