Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Freshman Forty Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Freshman Forty (Freshman Forty #1)
When eighteen-year-old Laurel Harris discovers she’s pregnant four weeks into the start of her freshman year at prestigious Colman College, she has all intentions of telling her father. But being away at school makes it too easy to hide. And while she can’t explain to her friends, or to herself even, the reasons why she doesn’t want the baby’s father to find out about the pregnancy, the rest of her world begins to unravel.

Freshman year is hard enough. Most girls get through by forming close friendships, finding new boys and a phone call from mom or dad on Sunday. Laurel has to navigate all of it while hiding an unplanned pregnancy from a summer fling...

An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and haunted by the memory of her deceased mother and grandparents, readers are sure to identify with Laurel as she navigates teen pregnancy, in secret, in a remote college setting.

Freshman Forty was originally self-published, but Christine just signed a deal to have it re-released by a publishing house this fall!

Author Bio:
Christine Duval has been writing creatively since the fourth grade when she penned her first short story entitled "London Terror," about the murder of a cat in London. She grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and lived in Italy twice as a teenager: once when she was sixteen in Bologna and in a small town on the Adriatic Sea called Porto San Giorgio; then in Florence when she was nineteen. Her parents wondered if she'd ever come back.

College was spent in the Finger Lakes: the inspiration for Colman, Milton, and Kashong Lake in Freshman Forty. It really is cold, wet and grey there - OFTEN! But when the sun comes out, boy is it pretty.

Life eventually took her to New York's Upper West Side, the place she'll always consider home. Though for now she resides in New Jersey with her family and a very spoiled love bird who can't decide if he's a boy or she's a girl.

First line:
Everyone warned about Colman College. The workload is heavy. The professors don't mess around. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I have a math class, a writing seminar, a phys. ed. requirement that's being fulfilled by taking a class in Swedish massage of all things, a course in molecular biology that I like, plus a lab to go with it, and an Intro to Legal Ethics class that I can't stand. I also have a positive pregnancy test - two, actually.
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4 stars out of 5
This is a fairly quick read. I read it in a day. The book starts with Laurel finding out she's pregnant. But instead of coping with it and telling her friends and family, she withdraws into herself. She doesn't tell her dad. She doesn't tell her best friend. She doesn't even tell the father. The only people who do know are her doctors and the people at her pregnancy support group.

Laurel never really accepts that she's pregnant and her struggle to adjust to this new life is fascinating to watch. I wish Mike had been a little more involved in the book. I really liked him and hope that they form a relationship in the second book.

Speaking of sequels...... I'll admit I was mad about the ending of this book. My sister will attest to the fact that I almost threw my Nook across the room and that I started complaining about how stupid of an ending that was. Then I got home and realized there was a sequel. I immediately renounced all my bad thoughts against it. So, I'm really glad there's a sequel :)

I do have to say that even though Karen was only in a tiny bit of the book at the beginning and wasn't a main character, or even really a supporting one, I hated her. She seemed rude and like she was trying to force Laurel to do something she didn't want.

Overall, Freshman Forty is a wonderful book when your looking for something quick but meaningful.

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