Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review + Giveaway ~ Freshman Forty (Book #1, Freshman Forty Series) by Christine Duval

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 took won an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival
-Won an Honorable Mention under General Fiction for the Beach Book Festival.

Freshman Forty is about a freshman in college, Laurel Harris, who becomes pregnant. She goes through the shock of finding out she is pregnant and trying to figure out what to do about the pregnancy. In the beginning she plans to get an abortion but ultimately does not go through with it. The whole book is split into sections by the weight you gain during a pregnancy. It was a very interesting way to split up the book and I had never seen something like that done before. The book shows you the constant struggles that a young teen mom can go through especially if they don’t have a support system or choose not to.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I did spend most of the book really angry with Laurel though. She basically waits until the last minute to tell anyone she is pregnant. Mike, the guy she likes, finds out pretty early on and so does her best friend, Tara, but other than that the only people that really know are her doctor and a support group that she joins. Her father doesn’t find out until she calls him when she is in the hospital and the father of the baby, Danny, doesn’t find out until literally the end of the book. I thought it was a little strange that Danny was left out of the story almost completely and we don’t even find out his name until she finally goes to see him in the end.

The ending definitely was not my favorite but maybe it ended that way for a sequel? I am not really sure but ultimately I thought this was a great read. I knocked off one star because the ending felt like it just cut off and maybe I was missing a few pages or chapter. I would definitely recommend this book because overall it was good.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About The Author

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.
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