THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL ‘FRESHERS’.
I admit, I was a little apprehensive of Freshers to begin with. My university experience wasn’t parties until 2am and drinking in dorms. I lived at home, didn’t bother with Freshers week, and didn’t go clubbing as I hated that scene. So why did I pick up a book which was about this university lifestyle?
To put it simply, I wanted to read something set in a UK university. Usually, what I read is set in America so I have a view of their high schools and colleges, but nothing I’ve read has focused on a university in York. I’m glad I did, as it was a nice easy read.
Phoebe has been waiting for university all summer, and can’t believe that her secondary school crush, Luke, will be in the same lectures as her. Luke, on the other hand, can’t quite get to grips with how different university is. Alongside his three year relationship falling apart, he doesn’t really know where he fits. When the pair meet during Freshers week, everything changes and they both get sucked into each others messes.
The whole book is full of colourful, interesting characters. Some are messy, some are utter douchebags, and others are just going with the flow. Josh is the easy-going course rep, who just wants to keep an eye on everyone, Frankie is the eccentric, energetic girl who always made me giggle whenever she was on the page. It’s a cast of totally different people shoved into the same building; just like university.
I loved Luke, he was definitely my favourite character of the entire book. He reminded me of myself – not quite sure what he’s doing, not entirely sure if he’s made any friends, and quietly observing everything around him. He was a stark contrast to Phoebe, who just seemed to be swept up in every single thing around her that was different. She gave off an air of confidence that Luke didn’t have. That’s why I’m really glad that at the end of the novel, they didn’t stay together. Luke needed to understand himself before trying to get into another relationship, especially so soon after his last relationship ended. In the words of Ru Paul; “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”. Luke needed to definitely take some time for himself and understand who he as a person was, and also what he wanted out of university.
Final thought: A whirlwind of university life wrapped up in old memories. 4/5