For the first time in ages, I sat down and read more than a chapter in one sitting. I think that is something we need to acknowledge here because I’m pretty proud of that fact! I’ve been in such a reading rut since uni and honestly have missed just sitting down and curling up with a good book, fully losing myself in its pages.
One of my friends recommended Freshers by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison to me months ago and over Christmas, another one of my friends bought it for me. I’ve been reading it super slowly – I’m talking a chapter a week kind of slow! I’ve just been so busy and reading wasn’t really within my priority, even though each chapter had me giggling and wanting to read more.
The other week, I decided that it was ridiculous that I had been reading this book for over a month now, really enjoying it, yet I was still only halfway through the book! So, I arranged all my pillows and duvet into a nest, curled up, put my phone to the side, and I just read.
Honestly – I’m so SO glad that I did!
The book was truly hilarious and had me reminiscing so many memories of my own first term at university, leading to a serious case of nostalgia and regret that I didn’t get more involved.
Flicking back and forth between the perspectives of Phoebe and Luke, the book gives a first hand account of what university is like for both genders in a truly honest and messy way. Phoebe and Luke both went to the same high school where Phoebe had spent most of her days crushing on Luke. In comparison, Luke aced the high school life of football king and was too happy in a long term relationship to even know what Phoebe’s name is.
I don’t want to spoil the plot of the books for you but to do an honest review, I do have to say I’m not sure how I feel about the ending of the book. I feel like it’s super obvious to readers about how life continues for Phoebe, but Luke just seems to be left on a bit of a cliff-hanger. I just can’t help but almost feel concerned for him. When we leave the characters, while Phoebe has had a tough time, we know she’s strong enough to deal with it and with the help of some seriously good friends (like SERIOUSLY some of the things they do for her are hilariously insane and I know for sure my friends wouldn’t have gotten that “medically involved” in my life!) we know she’ll be okay. Whereas Luke has done some pretty shitty things, but it’s almost understandable in a way and while he deserves a bit of punishment, I don’t feel like he deserves the ending the book gave him. Sure, he needs to grow up and realise life isn’t as perfect as high school led him to believe but damn…can someone give the boy a break?
I’m now debating sharing my own freshers experience but I don’t think it’s nearly as dramatic as Phoebe and Luke’s story (which is surprisingly unlike me!) but if you guys are interested, let me know!
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