Perfectly Captures A Moment In Elliot’s Life
5 out of 5 stars
This book had me cracking up and crying depending on the chapter. I think it might be one of the more original and interesting coming-of-age sapphic books I’ve read in a long time. Elliot is also one of the more interesting main characters I’ve followed in numerous readings. Her story and the way that it was told made this book absolutely fly by. I enjoyed it so much I was happy it was over and sad that there isn’t a continuation of the story to see how she is in her other college years.
Fresh was just one of those “feel good” books that had me smiling throughout. But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Elliot deals with a lot of stuff, including slut-shaming and sexual assault. Saying that might take away from the “feel good” parts of the book, but it was how Elliot dealt with her problems (or didn’t) – that really made this one for me. A few times I was like “oh yeah, I was that person when I was 18” and other times I thought “I can’t imagine how someone would feel when that happens”.
I think it was also one of the more honest tellings of someone going to college and not knowing what they wanted to do or who they wanted to be. I was that freshman. I had no idea who I was or what I wanted out of life, let alone the next 4 years. (I should put 4 years in quotes because it took me longer than 4 because I had a similar semester to Elliot’s first semester).
I also liked the freeness that Elliot had throughout. Sure there were dark moments and she was dealing with the anxiety about leaving home. But her “freedom” aka her sexual freedom was refreshing and interesting. I know people who have been in situations like she and I were even in a similar situation at one point in life. It’s very accurate but not something that I’ve read a lot of MCs dealing with.
Finally, Lori Prince. Oh, Lori… You were already one of my favorite female narrators. And my favorite LesFic narrator. I didn’t realize you could be EVEN BETTER!?!? How?!? It doesn’t make sense. Prince’s narration took this book to another level. I say that a lot in my reviews, but this one was seriously the best version I can think of outside of R.C. Bray’s reading of The Martian. It was like an out-of-body experience.
A hilarious and vulnerable coming-of-age story about the thrilling new experience – and missteps – of a girl’s freshman year of college.
Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Elliot McHugh is not one of those people. But picking a major is the last thing on Elliot’s mind when she’s too busy experiencing all that college has to offer – from dancing all night at off-campus parties, to testing her RA Rose’s patience, to making new friends, to having the best sex one can have on a twin-sized dorm room bed. But she may not be ready for the fallout when reality hits. When the sex she’s having isn’t that great. When finals creep up and smack her right in the face. Or when her roommate’s boyfriend turns out to be the biggest a-hole. Elliot may make epic mistakes, but if she’s honest with herself (and with you, dear listener), she may just find the person she wants to be. And maybe even fall in love in the process…. Well, maybe.