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Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.
Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.
These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.
This book reminded me that throughout my four years of college, I was relatively lucky with who I got assigned to for roommates, with the exception of one year. As I read through and imagined having some of these girls as my roommates, I simply couldn’t picture having someone so absolutely terrible to live with. As it is, the one roommate who I haven’t liked throughout college isn’t nearly as bad as some of these characters, and I already dislike her. I can’t fathom how miserable it would be to have these girls as roommates.
College Life really made me appreciate the great time that I did have in college because I was so blessed with roommates. At times, while reading, I thought that some of the parts were a bit far fetched or exaggerated, but I’m sure that there have been instances similar to those, and I’ve simply never experienced them. I think that this book was okay, but had the potential to be much better. There are two other books in the series and I would be interested to see the character development that occurs between the books.
I give College Life 101: Freshman Orientation 3/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following retailers:
About the Author:
J.B. was born in Philadelphia, PA but has lived in California, Arizona and Maryland (while attending The University of Maryland Eastern Shore). Although she works as a Lead Time Entry Analyst, her first love is and has always been writing. She admits to having an over active imagination and to being a chronic day dreamer, both have helped with her writing. (She says that the scenes from her books play like a movie in her head). Aside from writing, she enjoys martial arts and reading.
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