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It is four weeks into her freshman year of college, and Laurel’s first test was unexpected. Discovering she’s pregnant isn’t exactly what she had planned for her first semester, and while she intends to tell her emotionally-distant father, being away at school makes it all too easy to hide.An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and isolated during what should be the bIt is four weeks into her freshman year of college, and Laurel’s first test was unexpected. Discovering she’s pregnant isn’t exactly what she had planned for her first semester, and while she intends to tell her emotionally-distant father, being away at school makes it all too easy to hide.An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and isolated during what should be the best time of her life, readers are sure to identify with Laurel as she confronts teen pregnancy, in secret....

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Freshman Forty Reviews

  • Chris- Bookaddict
    2019-01-12 05:28

    4.5 stars I loved the story I read it in one sitting , the 4.5 stars is because the ending left us hanging , with no look into what happens next , and I felt if this was going to be continued then it should of been a little bit longer with a little more story line for some of the characters . Other then the reason Above I loved the story , I loved Laurel her character was amazing, Kind hearted, her story was amazing. I felt that at a couple points I wanted to strangle her , but then when you see the whole picture you see just how scared she truly was . I was glad that she recognized she made an error in judgment and had options to look into. I am also glad that she chose the right decision in the end. I am glad that in the end she called her dad, I am happy that her father stepped up to the plate and told her how he had neglected her . I believe it healed their relationship alot . I wish there had been more to the story after she had the baby , before the ending , but I know from the ending there will be a sequel , ( at least I hope there is) otherwise we are all left hanging as to what the baby's dad thinks and etc. This Book definitely is an eye opener to high school Kids and also to college Kids . I hope that it brings in that type of reading crowd because there is alot to learn from this book . Book Blurb: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.I want to thanks Christine for sending me a copy of this book to read and review for her . Review requested by Author :)

  • Joanna
    2019-01-12 06:16

    **I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review**I really did enjoy this story. I read it in one sitting. I thought that it was well written. The author is a very good storyteller. Alll of the characters, especially the main character Laurel, were extremely likable. There were a few characters that I wish we read more about. Obviously Danny, but Tara and Audrey. They could have been included so much more. I also really liked Mike. I was hoping for a little more storyline with him. How her relationship with her father unfolded in the end was such a sweet point with me. Talking does amazing things!Though I really looked this book, I do have some complaints. My biggest one is that I wanted MORE! Some things were never explained. I wanted to know more about Danny. I wanted to know more about her summer before school. I also felt like the book was a little short. I definitely wanted more from the ending!!! I'm hoping that there is a book 2 with MORE. Danny? Mike? How's she's coping? Her new post baby life.

  • Amanda
    2019-01-11 05:12

    Fantastic.I can see this being a role model book handed to young mums for prenatal reading to help them feel ok about themselves and their decisions. I could feel her anxiety jumping off the page. I hope there is/will be a second novel in duel POV. I wanted to jump up and down in frustration at the ending because I was dying to know what happened but I had a huge smile on my face. I would also love to see a book written about Mike. I want to know about his life and what his feeling about whats happening with him and Laurel.Well written, so life like and believable. Well done Christine and Thank You for allowing me to read it.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-29 03:08

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review...Freshman Forty is not your typical NA book. It was a realistic and sad portrayal of what can happen when a young woman tries to manage a life changing event without the support of friends and family. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming. I don't mind being left with unanswered questions. In fact, I'm bothered when books are too long and tell too much. This story, however, left me wanting a little more - more character depth and more character connections.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-01 06:33

    this was a really cute story of what a college freshman goes through when she finds out she is pregnant. I wanted to smack her when she didn't tell her dad or the baby's dad thaat she was pregnant. but then I wanted to scream and yell at her father for being such an inconsiderate jerk. I really hope there is going to be more to this story especially with the way the author left it at the end!!!overall great read I coudlnt put it down and finished it within 2 hours :)

  • Terri Amsden
    2019-01-10 02:10

    I read this book within a day. I couldn't put it down, but I couldn't give this book 5 stars because the ending was abrupt and left me wanting more. I really felt for Laurel ( being a teenage mother myself many years ago). Hopefully there will be a sequel.

  • Laura Wells
    2019-01-07 23:16

    Really well put together for a first novel. I was impressed. The story was a comfortable read but I would have liked the ending to be a little different.

  • Sophia
    2019-01-10 22:03

    It was very good! But, I need a sequel!! Please!!! I want to know what will happen with Laurel and him (A) and him (B) and her!! ;-) No spoilers from me! ;-)

  • Christine Duval
    2019-01-16 02:27

    Positively Mine is now available at all eBook retailers

  • Hannah
    2019-01-10 04:17

    I'm really starting to enjoy the new adult contemporary genre! I feel bad about it, but I'm generally a little wary of self-published books - yes, there's a lot of good ones out there, but the fact that a publisher has put effort and money into someone's work makes me trust traditionally published books a little more. But I've been reading quite a few self-published new adult novels for blog tours and such, and I have to say, I'm impressed! They've started to convince me to give more self-published books a try, since there's so few traditionally published new adult books out there. Anyways, I've really been enjoying these self-published new adult novels, and Freshman Forty is no exception!I love pregnancy novels. I know tons of people don't like them or have gotten sick of them, but I always enjoy them. I'm not even sure why, because, yes, it's been done a million times before, but for some reason, teenage pregnancy is a topic that I just cannot get sick of; it's fascinating to me, this impossible decision and everything related to it. I was especially excited to see pregnancy play out in the college setting, giving the character more freedom than a teenager still living at home. And I loved everything about pregnancy in this novel - Laurel's struggles are portrayed honestly and relatably, and I loved being there with her on this journey.The pregnancy takes the main focus of Freshman Forty, but there's some smaller storylines that I really enjoyed as well. The secondary characters are great - I loved reading about Laurel's relationships with Tori, her friend from back home; Mike, her friend-and-maybe-more at Colman; her dad and the rest of the family; Audrey, her friend from the young-mothers support group; even her obstetrician and her biology professor, who both end up being good resources for her. All of these relationships develop in a very natural way - there's issues, but there's never any unnecessary drama, which I really appreciated. The only relationship I feel was lacking was the one between Lauren and her babydaddy - I get that him not playing a role is kind of the point, but I wish we'd at least gotten to see her tell him.What really made Freshman Forty work was the writing. I don't even know what it is about Christine Duval's style, but it made everything flow so well. Freshman Forty is a book that I never wanted to stop reading; I kept sneaking in chapters whenever I had a minute. And how badly I want to keep reading is really the best way of telling whether or not I'm enjoying a novel.The only thing I found somewhat disappointing was the ending. Everything is explored in so much detail in the beginning, but the ending felt rushed. I wanted to know more about the delivery of the baby and what happens after - if we've spent that much time working up to this event, it felt strange to me to only have a couple of pages about the actual birth and everything surrounding it. Maybe it's just because I didn't want the book to end, though - I wanted to keep reading about what happens after Laurel gives birth. And I read that this book might be turned into a series, so that would explain the rushed ending as well.Either way, Freshman Forty is a book that I really enjoyed. Like I said, I love pregnancy books, so that probably influenced my opinion a lot - if you're not a big fan of pregnancy books, this one probably isn't for you; there are some other storylines, but they tend to lead back to the main issue, and the focus really is on Laurel's pregnancy. For me, though, that's particularly why I liked it. Freshman Forty is an honest and engaging portrayal of teenage pregnancy that I really enjoyed.Reviewed at http://www.paperbacktreasures.blogspo...

  • Nevaeh Lee
    2019-01-17 02:09

    Okay, a little known fact about me is coming out...I've been in a similar situation as Laurel, and I think that the author did an excellent job of portraying the fears that inundate you from the moment you find out you are going to become a mother. What poor Laurel doesn't know yet is that those fears never go away; they just keep changing as your children get older. But that's another discussion for another day...:o)I was completely surprised that this was Ms. Duval's debut novel. The writing and editing is very polished, I'm happy to say, and the story was well-written with good dialogue. I enjoyed Laurel's point-of-view throughout the book, and although she isn't as snarky as many of the leading ladies that I like, she is strong and fiercely independent (almost to a fault).Forget 1984, this book should be required reading for all high school seniors, especially girls. Seeing Laurel struggle with the difficult decisions she is forced to make and the consequences of those decisions (ie. spending freshman year of college prepping for baby instead of partying), should be an instant eye-opener for many and a ringing safe sex endorsement for all.My only complaint, and this is a sign of a good story, is that I would have liked it to have been a bit longer. There were a few characters that I wanted to get to know better, though I'm hoping to have the opportunity in the sequel. And yes, I have it on good authority that there will be a sequel. Hopefully, sooner rather than later....In the meantime, I thought I would share the first paragraph of Freshman Forty. It definitely had me hooked:Everyone warned me about Colman College. The workload is heavy. The professors don’t mess around. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I have a math class, a writing seminar, a phys. ed. requirement that’s being fulfilled by taking a class in Swedish massage of all things, a course in molecular biology that I like, plus a lab to go with it, and an Intro to Legal Ethics class that I can’t stand. I also have a positive pregnancy test – two, actually. Way to get things started.***Note from Nevaeh: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Jenny / Wondrous Reads
    2019-01-01 05:26

    Positively Mine is another offering from Bloomsbury Spark's launch list and it's the best one I've read so far. It's well written and engaging right from then get go, dealing with important issues that affect millions of teenagers every year. Unwanted pregnancy is no laughing matter, and Christine Duval does a great job of portraying both the positive and negative ramifications of the situation.Laurel is a few weeks into her freshman year at college when she discovers that she's pregnant. It's a total shock to her, derailing all her immediate plans and putting her educational future in jeopardy. She deals with it by herself, weighs up her options and ultimately comes to a decision that will change her life forever. As the book goes on, Laurel does open up to a select group of people, but for the majority of her story she is very much alone. When something like this happens, I imagine telling family is the hardest part of all, and that's what Laurel finds herself wrestling with here.College is usually a time for exploration and fun; partying and socialising, finding a place in a new environment and making new lifelong friends. For Laurel, it's a completely different story. She's now got much more responsibility weighing on her shoulders while at the same time trying to keep up with a freshman workload. I find this whole scenario utterly terrifying and I can't even begin to imagine how scary it must be to be faced with something like that at such a young age. Duval shows both sides of the story - good and bad - and lays it all out on the table. The decision Laurel makes is right for her at this moment in time, but she agonises over it and takes a while to get there.Positively Mine is a realistic, intelligent, mature look at one girl's struggle to do what's right for her and live through the scariest time of her life. She's isolated and alone, but still strong enough to get through it and eventually involve the people closest to her. I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying Laurel through this year of her life, and I'm sure someone facing the same problems as Laurel will find great comfort in this book and will hopefully feel less scared and alone.

  • Julia
    2019-01-14 00:27

    Positively Mine is a story about a college girl who got pregnant and forced to make decisions she wasn't prepared for. It's a story about growing up, struggling with day-to-day reality of unplanned pregnancy. I read Positively Mine a few months ago and was shocked by the effect it had on me. I couldn't even write a review because I was afraid it'd be too emotional. Maybe because it's beautifully written, and you can feel the write's voice and can't help loving it. And the characters are so real and familiar, they could be your neighbors. And maybe because I know way too well how to it feels to get pregnant while you're at school and scared to tell your parents. I was with Laurel all the way throughout the book, struggling with accepting and dealing with the consequences of one night. There is also a mystery about the baby's father. I was dying to know who he was and why Laurel wouldn't share the news with him. I totally got the part why she struggled with telling her father (who wouldn't?). Her relationship with her father is complicated; she finds it hard to open up to him, especially learning about how he's been moving on with his life after she left for college. I remember finishing this book in one sitting and telling my daughter that it should be read by every teen girl. It could be a real eye opener about how real this situation feel. I have to warn all cliffhanger haters, there is a huge cliffhanger at the end. But as much as I usually dislike those, the way Christine Duval wrote it makes you hope for something good to happen. And if I wasn't convincing enough that this book is a great read... I read it 7 months ago and must have read at least a hundred other books after. But I remember Positively Mine as if I read it yesterday. I received a copy of this book from the author in the exchange for the honest review. This didn't affect my opinion and the above review.

  • Gabic Reads
    2019-01-22 22:04

    Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Freshman Forty Blog Tour.This is a fairly quick read. I read it in a day. The book starts with Laurel finding out she's pregnant. But instead of coping with it and telling her friends and family, she withdraws into herself. She doesn't tell her dad. She doesn't tell her best friend. She doesn't even tell the father. The only people who do know are her doctors and the people at her pregnancy support group.Laurel never really accepts that she's pregnant and her struggle to adjust to this new life is fascinating to watch. I wish Mike had been a little more involved in the book. I really liked him and hope that they form a relationship in the second book.Speaking of sequels...... I'll admit I was mad about the ending of this book. My sister will attest to the fact that I almost threw my Nook across the room and that I started complaining about how stupid of an ending that was. Then I got home and realized there was a sequel. I immediately renounced all my bad thoughts against it. So, I'm really glad there's a sequel :)I do have to say that even though Karen was only in a tiny bit of the book at the beginning and wasn't a main character, or even really a supporting one, I hated her. She seemed rude and like she was trying to force Laurel to do something she didn't want.Overall, Freshman Forty is a wonderful book when your looking for something quick but meaningful.

  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    2019-01-08 04:16

    Freshman Forty is is a great book to read. I have to say that I give big kudos to Christine for writing about a subject that people have swept under the rug. Teen pregnancy is on the rise and everyone is taking a blase attitude towards it. It really disturbs me because teenage girls need to be more proactive in protecting themselves and being educated in the ways of birth control instead of being told the morning after pill is available at your local pharmacy.Laurel has just graduated from high school and she is enjoying her summer before she starts college. She hooks up with a guy and has some fun before hitting the books. She is serious about school because that is really all she has. Her mother and grandparents have died and her father is emotionally unavailable for her. As the summer unwinds and the start of her freshman year at school Laurel starts to feel sick. It is then that she realizes something is wrong. She goes and gets a test and finds out she is pregnant. What Laurel does next kind of shocked me because she shuts everyone out. She does not even tell the baby's father that she is pregnant. Yes it was a hook up but still she is clearly having the baby so he has the right to know and make a decision from there. Laurel also keeps it from her dad which is not hard to do because she is away from him at school so she can hide it. But what really had me in tears was when her father finally figured it out. I got to give it to dad. He was emotionally not home but when he found out about his little girl he surprised me.This is a must read for all girls going into college. Safe sex is the way to go because unprotected sex could lead to diseases and pregnancy.

  • Jessica Figueroa
    2019-01-04 22:33

    For most freshman, that year means new friends, new found freedom, studying and parties. Unlike most students in her year Laurel is pregnant and not sure what to do. Rather than abort the child, she decides to do what she feels right and keep the child. But with keeping the baby means revealing she pregnant to her loved ones and some friends and thats not something she's willing to do. The one person who really counts to tell, her dad, is always busy or theres never the time to break the news. Laurel is so worried and not sure what to do she goes to the clinic and they advise her to go to meetings for others like her. She makes friends and they learn to support one another.I found this book quick and easy to read. I had managed to finish this book within a day. I enjoyed this book and it is very relatable to many young adults that are having children at a very young age. It shows the conflicts that this one girl had to face, how hard it was for her to hide this secret. It shows that even if you are healthy and pregnant anything can happen so to be ready to face that and a girl could really use support during a time like that. Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend to readers to check out this book

  • P.A. Warren
    2019-01-08 01:29

    4.5 STARS Freshman Forty is the story of Laurel Harris who finds out she is pregnant at the beginning of her freshman year at college.She hides it from friends and family.I found that I really enjoyed this story.I did find the Heroine making bad choices and the fact that she hid it from people was not a good choice.However She had her reasons.I ended up really liking Laurel and the friends she made.Laurels father was not a good father so I can see why she chose not to tell him.I think it is a bit unbelievable though to have to hide a pregnancy in college nowadays as people do go to college when pregnant.Laurel just had issue up issue when it came up to telling her dad and the father of her baby.Between weddings,babies and accidentally deleted messages Laurel didn't stand a chance.I loved that the writing flowed so smoothly and What a great Debut Novel By Christine Duval What Kept Freshman Forty from being a 5 star book was in my opinion the book ended somewhat abruptly.Knowing the Author has plans to make a sequel helps me feel better about the ending..but it nevertheless just ended rather soon for such a emotionally paced book.I would definitely recommend this to friends and I look forward to reading the sequel when that comes out.

  • TeriLyn
    2019-01-01 04:20

    I was given this ebook from the author for an honest review….I enjoyed Freshman Forty. It was a different kind of NA than I'm used to reading. It's not a love story but more a coming of age story about an 18 year old freshman in college that is pregnant. Laurel's story was compelling. I was a young mother too, a sophomore in college, so I could relate to a lot of the feelings Laurel was experiencing. I thought the author did a great job of depicting those feelings and making them totally real and believable. Laurel's relationship with her father was also quite touching. From where it began, it's progression, and ultimately where it ended up being what heart wrenching. I really enjoyed that part of the story.The story lacked for me in some of the plot and I can't exactly pinpoint why. I wished Laurel had sought out more support, I wish there was more a love story even if it that love story wouldn't have ended in happily ever after. I do realize that it was her story to work through I just wish there was more I guess. And the ending really threw me, like really threw me. I hope there is a book two!

  • daisychainbooks
    2019-01-24 03:29

    Most students start college life with a bang: they party non-stop, eat too much pizza, drink too much beer, and then cram a ton of work into late night study sessions. It’s all in the name of fun and freedom. For many, college is a first time away from home and parental control and of course from the rules and regulations of high school. That first year of college should be carefree and fun, while also getting all that coursework done. It should be a time without too many worries or responsibilities: a time of finding your feet, meeting new people and trying out new experiences. Laurel’s college experience is different than most. After all, I’m pretty sure that most people when embarking on the college experience don’t have motherhood in mind. But that’s exactly what’s on Laurel’s mind, because just four weeks into the first semester of her freshman term, Laurel finds out she’s pregnant.This most definitely wasn’t in the plan.Read the full review: http://daisychainbookreviews.blogspot...----3.5/5 - I want to know what happened next (with flashbacks to last summer!)

  • Alyson Alvigi-quaranta
    2018-12-26 04:27

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**3.5-4 Stars!This is a story about Laurel. In the beginning of her Freshman year in College, she discovers she is pregnant. I think the author did an excellent job portraying the fears and struggles of teenage pregnancy. I really felt sorry for Laurel since being pregnant should be one of the happiest times in your life. Instead she hid her pregnancy and had no one to turn too. I would like to know more of what happened between her and Mike, as I would also like to know more of what happened with Danny. It was a quick, easy read...but...I felt the book sort of just ended.

  • Zarrin
    2019-01-25 05:05

    This book made me go through a limbo of emotions, tears laughter irritation and smiles :). I think the author did a brilliant job in portraying the issue of teenage pregnancy. Moreover I loved Laurels character. She was strong willed independent., perhaps too strong willed at times but she got there in the end. I'd love to read a sequel to this book so I'm hoping there is one!

  • Jen Halligan
    2019-01-04 00:24

    Positively Mine immediately drew me in and didn't let go. I devoured this novel in practically one sitting! Beautifully written with realistic characters and great pacing, it pulled on all of my heart-strings. I can't wait to read more from Christine Duval!

  • Christie
    2019-01-18 06:26

    I could not put this book down! I read it in 3 days and could have finished it even sooner- but life got in the way.I loved Laurel right from the beginning, her attitude, sarcasm, inner thoughts and her honesty. I felt everything she felt and the writing really just sucked me in so it was just me and Laurel (probably why I finished this so fast, Laurel and I had a bond, lol). I was cheering for her when things went right, mad when things went wrong and wanted to yell at her when she was being stubborn.This story was something like I've never read before. Usually I can predict next things to happen or even the endings, and I definitely didn't predict this one. I actually feel like there wasn't an ending to this book -- as you can see from the other reviews it left off on a bit of a cliffhanger. I'm lucky that book 2 is already available to move on to because I don't know if I could handle this cliffhanger for a long period of time.

  • Felicia
    2019-01-20 01:13

    This book just sucks you into its world and keeps you there! I spent most of my Sunday curled up with this book and it was not a wasted weekend.The story explores how 1 teenager deals with her pregnancy all by herself and the issues of communication between her and her father (which just adds to the stress of being isolated during her pregnancy).There are times when you want to smack some sense into Laurel and others when you want to just hug her and protect her from the world. She made a life changing decision all by herself and altho she tried to tell people, it just doesn't work out each time. While there were parts I wish were more in-depth to understand Laurel's POV - overall the POV was alright and managed to get the key messages out.It was great that Laurel managed to work things out with her dad; even if it was literally at the last possible minute. With the communication barriers removed between them, they realised how poorly both of the managed the entire situation of their relationship. But I am glad her dad didn't freak out and walk out the door or something. I really thought that would be one of the issues she would have to face.It sorta ends on a cliffhanger since she only did settle things with her dad in this book. I really do wonder what the baby's daddy would do when he finds out.

  • M
    2019-01-03 02:16

    3 STARSPositively Mine tells the story of Laurel, a freshman that only a few weeks into college finds out she's pregnant. Throughout the book, we see Laurel's struggles as she tries to balance her pregnancy and her studies in an extremely competitive college.This is not a situation I've ever been in and, because of that, I couldn't completely relate with Laurel but, even so, I felt like it was a realist and well-written portrait of many women's life.While the realist nature of the story is a plus, the book ended up being too much of the story of a pregnancy and not so much a romance, as I originally thought it was.It was an okay read for me.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Reading with 2 book lovers
    2018-12-29 04:28

    this is a first read for me by this author and wow what a great read. I really loved reading laurels story and her struggle with being pregnant and alone.this is an amaizng read!

  • Tina Van Egeren
    2019-01-22 03:20

    I enjoyed this story and read it quickly in one sitting. I felt that this book was written really well and though I have never been in Laurel's situation, I felt that this was an honest depiction. Good book! Really excited to read Yours and Mine to continue Laurel's story!

  • Lauren Rodrigues
    2019-01-03 05:03

    *Received a copy from the author for an honest review*I would say this book is 3.5 stars, and mostly because I am picky about some subjects. And the protagonist didn't quite convince me. But overall the book is good, quick to read, and I managed to finish within two or three days. The StoryLaurel is an eighteen-year-old freshman college student who sees her life turn upside down after discovering she's pregnant. The book is separated in five parts but we don't really notice the "phases", in which she chooses to move on with her pregnancy and her struggles and problems that rises from that decision. Tell her father, the child's father, go to classes, give up on dating, dealing with friends...The characters and my feelingsOne of the stars I have taken is because of Laurel. I am sorry, I saw some positive reviews complimenting her strength and, while I thought about mine, I guess what bothered me she was too self pity and whiny for my taste. I understand how lost a young woman could be with an unexpected pregnancy and it is completely normal to make mistakes trying to take the best of an unfortunate situation - as she describes, let me clarify, I'm not against parenting when you choose to be, it's a personal decision from the couple, or from the person. But, back to Laurel, she was judgemental with herself. There's a scene with Mike that I found particularly insulting, in which she thinks she deserves his offences. What? No, it's wrong! Besides, all her whiny about how her father didn't pay attention on her, when partly she chose to be apart from him instead of trying to reach him. And I won't even go further when Audrey gives her a wake up call that finally made me sympathise with her.I also wonder why she chose not to tell the father. Although is mentioned she has some reasons, they never surfaced the pages, not that I'm aware anyway. I just could see he was away and seemed older than her. Maybe if this thing were clarified, Laurel could have explored this issue as well.Her father was horrible as well, grief and pain justify losing his child growth? And making her have her own place so he could move on with his soon-to-be wife? Oh God. But I UNDERSTAND, I really do. When you feel pain sometimes your decisions aren't at the best judgement and sometimes it's too late to change things. I liked how he acted towards the end, but it would have been in character if he acted... differently. Mike made me have mixed feelings. He was prejudiced and I won't go further than that, but in the end he scored some points with me, but my former impression remained. Seriously, how an asshole he was making such remark on Laurel.On the other hand, I loved Dr. Adler, Audrey and Tara. If the book was written in third person maybe they could have been more explored, and that would be delightful. Final remarksI enjoyed the story. I think the plot has potential, and also alerts young women how to protect themselves from an undesired pregnancy that unfortunately still happens all over the world. I also understood Laurel in the final pages, her decisions and struggles, but such strong emotions shouldn't been dealt as she did. However, the message in the book is important and should be read and reflected upon, specially because a child is an eternal responsibility who affects not only the pregnant but also everyone around her.

  • ❀ Crystal ✿ -
    2019-01-19 04:27

    So I was given Freshman Forty by the author to review and finally got around to it. I must admit I'm a sucker for a pregnancy story and really enjoyed Freshman Forty. Laurel is a eighteen-year old freshman with a hard year ahead of her and many tough decisions to make. Not too soon after starting school Laurel finds out she's pregnant. She ran far away to school to escape her absent father. There relationship has been non-existent since her mother passed and he's more like a distant uncle than her father. Laurel struggles the most with being honest with him and he doesn't make it easy on her. What I LikedI loved the detail we learn about all the stages of Laurels pregnancy. The author clearly did a lot of research in regards to being pregnant or has a house full of kids herself. It was very interesting to walk through Laurel's pregnancy with her and experience all the fears when she does. She is just entering adulthood herself and she now has to decide how much she is willing to give up. At times I hated Laurel and wanted to throttle her for being so dumb. But this was truly eye-opening because she was so out of her element, alone and scared. She feels she has no one to turn to and so keeps it all inside. She even goes so far as to hide her pregnancy from everyone on campus and takes to being called all forms of overweight because she's in denial herself. There was nothing wrong with Laurel appearing weak because in her situation nothing is normal or easy. She tries to put aside all the awful things and ignore the issue, but who doesn't. I really appreciated how Laurel was not regretful. She recognized she made an error in judgment and had options to look into. Freshman Forty was a great book for this day and age. Young girls are getting pregnant earlier and earlier and even Laurel is shocked by this phenomenon in her guidance groups. It is a very serious issue that many girls don't truly think will happen to them until it does. Laurel is part of this group and has so much fear and pressure breathing on her she doesn't know how to handle it. Considering Laurel is alone throughout her whole pregnancy I think she really steps up to the plate.What I Didn't LikeI felt like this was half a story. There was meat but no bread holding it together. I would have loved to see more of Laurel's experience after having the baby, such as telling the father or even just being a mother since she was 100% unprepared when she had the C-section. Or more of a story about how she became pregnant the summer before school. Otherwise it felt a bit off to me. All we see is her dealing with the pregnancy not how it happened or what to do with a baby now that she decided to keep her when she leaves the hospital. Great read about the consequences of our action and how we deal with the outcome of our decisions, good and bad. Would definitely recommend, especially to younger readers. Helps serve as a guide to why safe sex is a quick and easy solution.

  • Billie
    2019-01-25 02:29

    “Everyone warned me about Colman College. The workload is heavy. The professors don’t mess around. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I have a math class, a writing seminar, a phys. ed. requirement that’s being fulfilled by taking a class in Swedish massage of all things, a course in molecular biology that I like, plus a lab to go with it, and an Intro to Legal Ethics class that I can’t stand. I also have a positive pregnancy test – two, actually. Way to get things started.” This is Laurel's world . Being freshman is supposed to be an exciting experience for her. New school, new people to meet...everything is overwhelming and for Laurel , only 18 already face to make a decision that will change her life forever.While everyone decides which party to crash on.. She has to decide whether to keep her baby or not. She have not told her emotionally distant Dad. Her best friend. And even the baby's father. She decided to do this on her own. Though, I don't agree with Laurel's hasty decision of keeping it to herself. I still admire her. At a young age, she is strong to carry such a burden. And I'm so happy that she decided to go on with the pregnancy and not the abortion. I love how Ms. Christine Duval presented the story. It was realistic and it gave me a clearer understanding about unplanned teenage pregnancy and how important is having someone for support . I'm glad that Laurel joined one of the support groups that clearly help and gained her a few friends with the same situation as her.Being in college and being pregnant is never been easy for Laurel.. She has to keep up with her classes at the same time keep up with her prenatal visit. Plus she has to keep her"being pregnant" from everyone else. And when she met Mike whom she definitely like , all became confusing. Being pregnant and all is more than she can take. As the story progresses, I surprisingly became involved in Laurel's life. I felt the hesitation, the pain every time she attempts to tell her Dad about her situation. ( and I'm holding my breath the whole time! ) And when she finally did , I feel like crying . I'm glad at the end that her relationship with her dad was restored. I love that they really communicate and get things cleared up. Acceptance and forgiveness are proven to be both powerful words and actions indeed. “I want you to focus on acceptance. In other words, don’t try to control the uncontrollable, and don’t try to change a person who can’t be changed. People are who they are. With acceptance comes forgiveness, and with forgiveness comes inner peace, and we can all use some of that.” Overall, this is a good story. But the ending left me with a lot of questions. Will Laurel tell Danny about their daughter? Now that she has the chance? How will Danny react? I guess all these will be answered on the next book which I would be happy to read.