Series: The Undergrad Years #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on April 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.
Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right? —Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.
The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.
Reader warning: Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up.
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So… the author, Avery Aster, was kind enough to give a bit of a warning at the beginning of this book. The warning said that these girls actually talked like this and that it was what it was and to just go with it. Remembering back to the 80’s when I said Like before every single word, I tried to understand what she was saying and then jumped into the book.
I am so glad she wrote that little warning. Otherwise, I honestly think I would have hated this. However, having ample knowledge of the way everyone throws around the English language and having a daughter of my own who uses her own language, I was actually able to get into this. A little bit.
Firstly, Lex talks to herself a LOT. And I mean a lot. There’s this entire monologue before anything happens and then after. We get to know Lex because she lets us into her head. I am not sure I was very comfortable being there though. This girl is cray cray!! No, seriously… even with being inside her head I was confused about some of the things she did. Like burning a dress in a bathtub without making sure it is out prior to leaving the house. That’s kind of an issue. And because of that one little issue we have an entire story on our hands. This girl, to be frank, is a complete ditz. She just kills me! Instead of wanting to know more about her and her chomping her nicotine gum to lose weight, I wanted her to just SHUT UP! Let someone else talk for once, pretty please!?!
Although Lex drove me crazy the story was interesting. It was a really easy read. Like if you’re thinking of chomping into something do not think steak, think bubble gum. However, although it doesn’t give much sustenance there is a reason why bubble gum is so popular. Because it is fun damn it. And so was this book. Just overlook Lex’s weird habits and this will be a great summer read!
I’m a New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it’s juicy prequel companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.
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