Saturday, 6 July 2013

Review Tour: Freshman Forty - 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.

Normally I don’t read books with pregnant teens in it,  or about pregnancy in general, but I’m glad that I read Freshman Forty ‘cause I really liked it. The book was more than just about a teenage girl that got pregnant, it showed how you could learn from your mistakes.
Laurel is a freshman at Colman College, when she starts she just wants to make fun and make friends. But when she finds out that she’s pregnant she doesn’t know how to handle all of it, so she turns away from everyone she befriended and from her family. It doesn’t make her weak, on the contrary it makes her stronger in the end. She learns to trust more easily and that people are not so judgmental as she thought they would be.  
The book was easy to read and was fluently written. So it was easy to relate to the Laurel even if you never have been in her situation. There were some unexpected turns in this book, so it never got dull. And I hope that the author will write a second book, because after this ending so many thing can happen. Definitely a book worth reading!
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.

Author: Christine Duval
Publication date: February 21st 2013
Pages: 185 (Kindle)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Freshman Forty was originally self-published, but Christine just signed a deal to have it re-released by a publishing house this fall! Follow Christine on Twitter for updates @Christineduval1 or on her Goodreads author page.


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