Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah.

I received this ARC from the publisher at my librarian book buzz, in exchange for an honest review. This novel can also be found under the guise of Freshers, as it was published in another country originally.


Phoebe and Luke are two of the many students beginning college this year. While they attended high school together, they never really knew each other. Luke was half of the perfect high school couple and Phoebe crushed on him from afar. The high intensity of the drunken parties of orientation week lead Luke to break up with his high school girlfriend and starting finding a new interest in Phoebe. Luke has trouble committing to anything and really following through on anything…he is pretty much a dick, but somehow you still end up liking him. His friendship with his dorm-mates and his adorable thoughts on life, make you love this completely imperfect character. Phoebe cannot pin Luke down, maybe she has fallen in love with how she idolizes him, as opposed to who he really is. Phoebe makes some great friends who help support her through the ups and downs of her interactions with Luke, which include an unintentional stray text, soccer guys posting creepy photos of girls they hooked up with, and perhaps not so ex girlfriends. How are these two going to survive their first semester of freshmen year!?


It took some time for me to get into this novel. In the beginning I thought it was boring and shallow, but I am so glad I hung around because this book made me laugh my butt off. I was reading it late at night and was worried that I was going to wake my neighbors, especially after reading the condom scene. I loved the secondary characters, Arthur, Negin, and Frankie, to name a few. I wouldn’t mind reading more about these characters in a sequel.



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