The Blonde Bookworm: Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison -- Review

Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison -- Review

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Title: Freshman 
Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison 
Pages: 353
Publishing: June 12th 2018 by Delacorte Press 


A laugh-out-loud, realistic portrayal of a freshman year in college for fans of Girls and Broad City. 

Getting in is just the beginning. 

Phoebe can't wait to get to college. On her own, discovering new things, no curfew . . . she'll be free. And she'll be totally different: cooler, prettier, smarter . . . the perfect potential girlfriend. Convenient: the only person from her high school also going to York is her longtime crush, Luke. 

Luke didn't set out to redefine himself, but as soon as he arrives on campus, he finds himself dumping his long-term long-distance girlfriend. And the changes don't stop there. In fact, being on a soccer team is the only thing that stays the same. 

Just when things start looking up (and Phoebe and Luke start hooking up), drama looms on the horizon. Rumors swirl about the Wall of Shame, a secret text chain run by Luke's soccer team, filled with compromising photos of girls. As the women on campus determine to expose the team and shut down the account, Luke and Phoebe find themselves grappling with confusing feelings and wondering how they'll ever make it through freshman year.


What a fun read! I really enjoyed this entertaining novel and it brought me back to my college days. I thought it was a pretty realistic view of what the college life is like and it was pretty true to what happens in those four years. The characters were well developed and I loved the way the authors switched between voices with ease. 

All in all, it was entertaining and kept me reading late into the night. It brought back fun memories and I think it was a very relatable novel. Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review! 

Rating 4/5 

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