Review + Giveaway: Freshman Forty by Christine Duval [Book Tour]


Welcome to my review of Freshman Forty!  Make sure you enter the giveaway below! You can see what other bloggers thought of this title HERE!

Freshman Forty by Christine Duval  

Publication date: February 21st 2013

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

Tour Hosted by: Xpresso Book Tours

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon

freshmanBook Description:

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.

-Freshman Forty took won an Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival
-Won an Honorable Mention under General Fiction for the Beach Book Festival.
Freshman Forty was originally self-published, but Christine just signed a deal to have it re-released by a publishing house this fall! Follow Christine on Twitter for updates @Christineduval1 or on her Goodreads author page.
Not long after the tour the book will be removed from all online bookstores so it would explain why you won’t be able to find it to purchase. It should still be available for purchase until mid-July, however.

I have been putting off writing this review for at least a week now! I’m not even sure why, it’s just one of those books that you never get round to reviewing…except I have to because it’s part of a tour and I REALLY ENJOYED IT AND WANT TO TELL EVERYONE ABOUT IT!

Just to change things up a bit, I’m going to start off this review with what I thought of the ending of Freshman Forty.

I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT IT FINISHED LIKE THAT! SO CRUEL! I LOVED IT! The baby’s father’s NAME was only revealed in the final page! There was so much suspense over who it was, and how he was going to react to having a baby. The ending was fantastic and I may have screamed a little in frustration.

Freshman Forty was a very easy book to read. The writing style just flowed and I couldn’t get enough. I read this in a night, it was so good.

I honestly connected with Laurel, although we don’t have that much in common, but she was just a lovely person and couldn’t bear the thought of having an abortion after she heard the baby’s heartbeat. Plus, she was ready to look after the baby on her own terms.  I’m totally against abortions anyway, so that put her straight into my good books!

I don’t think that Laurel should have waited for so long to tell her family about being pregnant though, it only created confusion and heartache.

Mike, the maybe love interest, was really sweet! I liked him so much. Okay…soooo…I didn’t like him when he avoided Laurel but then he was cool. I don’t remember that much about him thought because it was a few weeks ago that I read this!

Overall, this was a brilliant read that I would happily read again!


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About Author:


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Christine Duval has been writing creatively since the fourth grade when she penned her first short story entitled “London Terror,” about the murder of a cat in London. She grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and lived in Italy twice as a teenager: once when she was sixteen in Bologna and in a small town on the Adriatic Sea called Porto San Giorgio; then in Florence when she was nineteen. Her parents wondered if she’d ever come back.
College was spent in the Finger Lakes: the inspiration for Colman, Milton, and Kashong Lake in Freshman Forty. It really is cold, wet and grey there – OFTEN! But when the sun comes out, boy is it pretty.Life eventually took her to New York’s Upper West Side, the place she’ll always consider home. Though for now she resides in New Jersey with her family and a very spoiled love bird who can’t decide if he’s a boy or she’s a girl.

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