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 isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.
I’m going to put my hands up here and say I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get in to this book as there’s so many characters to keep up with and it was all rather confusing, however, I didn’t give up and as soon as I was introduced to all of the characters and knew what was going on, I couldn’t put the story down!
College can be a big challenge and also a big change for many students. It’s the first step to adulthood and is the time to know whether you’re ready to take that step or not. J.B. describes the college life so accurately, with just the right amount of drama and the real truth and stresses behind exams. We meet a group of students starting their first year of college, each with a different background, family and issues, however, while dealing with their own lives they discover that the most important thing in college is creating friendship that will turn in to lifelong relationships and the people you least expect to be friends with become the people you wouldn’t want to be without.
Let’s introduce you to the gang:
Sidra is very prim and proper, who takes college very seriously and has the devil as her roommate.
Chasity is Sidra’s devil roommate, however, you soon see why she is the way she is.
Alexandra is the mother hen, trying to solve everybody’s problems.
Emily is the shy girl of the group who soon learns the ropes of how to not be such a pushover.
Malajia is the attention seeking girl who believes herself to be something she’s not.
This is college so it’s only right to throw some boys in to the gang right?
Mark is the extremely loud class clown who doesn’t take life seriously.
Jason is on the football team but his real dream is to make Chasity his.
David is the brain box of the group.
Josh is Sidra’s good friend but maybe he wants more?
All 9 personalities are so different and unique that it’s so hard not to get drawn in. Their back stories are all fascinating, some deal with bigger problems than others but that doesn’t stop their problems being something to deal with. It’s a web of problems, emotions and bonding! I was really entertained by the girls as they have such sass and aren’t afraid to tell their honest opinions about each other, which surprisingly made them all respect each other by the end. I have to applaud J.B. for writing so many characters in to a book as the main focus and absolutely smashing each and every one! I can’t wait to read book 2 and I advise you all to pick up this one off of Amazon!
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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.