Friday, April 5, 2013

Review - Freshman Forty by Christine Duval

Series:  N/A
Published:  February 21, 2013
Publisher:  Self Published
Pages:  185, Kindle Edition
Edition Reviewed:  ebook
Source:  Borrowed and then bought (FREE promotion)
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.
Alright, a little known fact about me.  I got pregnant in college.  Technically, I was no longer a teenager (I had just turned 20) but it was not planned and I was honestly horribly upset. 
Unlike our MC, I had tons of support from family and friends.  I couldn't imagine going through an unplanned pregnancy in college alone.  I think Laurel handled the situation relatively well, despite not telling her father and the baby's father when she found out she was pregnant, and missing some of her OB visits.  I also very much liked Laurel.  She was pretty selfless and had her head screwed on straight (unlike the girl in the last teen pregnancy novel I read).  I'm pretty sure this is a stand alone novel, which of course, is always refreshing nowadays.  The end of the book however, left us hanging!  Not a cliffhanger ending, but the book just STOPPED at a pretty important event.  I wouldn't necessarily like to see a 2nd book, but maybe a novella that tells us what happened?  Or an epilogue or something?
3.5 out of 5 stars

-Victoria Victorious


  1. Same here, Victoria...young and unexpectedly pregnant, that is. I liked the way it was handled in this book and thought I would let you know that there is definitely a sequel coming out, though I don't think a release date has been given yet. Looking forward to it, whenever it's out...:o)

  2. Dang it! There are always sequels now! I can't decide if I'm happy that I will get answers or upset because I was happy this was a standalone!