by Maggie Ann Martin
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Danielle effed up. Big time.
Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!
Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.
Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.
One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.
I don’t know how Maggie Martin managed to capture every feeling I’ve ever had as an 18-year-old, but she did. From the inner awkward thoughts we manage to filter, the horribly embarrassing things that still manage to sneak through, the frustrations with parents, to finally the insecurities we have with just life in general.
Maggie manages to capture the beginning of adulthood due to the very relatable main character, Danielle. She has all of these relatable thoughts and a hilarious humor that had me laughing out loud. I felt like I would be best friends with Danielle in real life!
The overarching plot of Dani not getting accepted into her planned college created smaller plots that I thought really added depth to her as a character and the realness of her life. We as readers get to see her really grow, even from chapter to chapter as she becomes responsible for herself in the way that only college allows us.
This is a total “coming of age” book in my opinion, and it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. A girl who is setting off on her journey on the wrong foot, learning how to be a college student, working, figuring out boys, and figuring out herself. What more could a girl ask for?
I recommend this book to people who want to their relive college years or to have someone to experience college with. There’s best friends, younger brother actors, psychic mothers, boys, and lots of pizza and coffee.
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