A laugh-out-loud, realistic portrayal of a freshman year in college for fans of Emergency Contact, Broad City, and The Bold Type.
Getting in is just the beginning.
Phoebe can't wait to get to college. On her own, discovering new things, no curfew . . . she'll be free. And she'll be totally different: cooler, prettier, smarter . . . the perfect potential girlfriend. Convenient: the only person from her high school also going to York is her longtime crush, Luke.
Luke didn't set out to redefine himself, but as soon as he arrives on campus, he finds himself dumping his long-term long-distance girlfriend. And the changes don't stop there. In fact, being on a soccer team is the only thing that stays the same.
Just when things start looking up (and Phoebe and Luke start hooking up), drama looms on the horizon. Rumors swirl about the Wall of Shame, a secret text chain run by Luke's soccer team, filled with compromising photos of girls. As the women on campus determine to expose the team and shut down the account, Luke and Phoebe find themselves grappling with confusing feelings and wondering how they'll ever make it through freshman year.
"Ellen and Ivison absolutely nail teen dialogue, taking readers on a laugh-out-loud-funny journey through the ups and sometimes horrifying downs of freshman year. Flirty, bawdy, sloppy, and buckets of fun." --Booklist
"Marked by a refreshing absence of mean girl drama, well-rounded and caring boy characters, fluid writing, expert pacing, and genuine humor...full of heart." --Kirkus Reviews
"Captures the central experiences of starting college...[an] entertaining novel." --Publishers Weekly
"A realistic yet sharply humorous portrayal of two people trying to find themselves and their way forward." --VOYA
Ellen and Ivison (A Totally Awkward Love Story) have teamed up again, this time with a U.K.-based college romance reminiscent of the TV show Felicity. On the first night of freshman orientation, Phoebe runs into her high-school crush, Luke, who, that same night, breaks up with his high-school girlfriend, Abbey. Missed connections and almost-dates ensue between Luke and Phoebe, but their fireworks eventually burn fast and fierce, even though Luke is still off-and-on with Abbey. This story captures the central experiences of starting college forming new friendships, making mistakes big and small, and riding out relationship dramas, from hookups to breakups. Luke and Phoebe are flawed and human: they try to be good friends to others but sometimes fall short; they long for love but mess things up along the way. Meanwhile, they live it up in college, joining the Quidditch team, and dancing and partying as much as possible. Luke's ongoing dramas with Abbey make him the more frustrating character, leaving readers to fall harder for Phoebe in this entertaining novel about the first year of college. Ages 14 up.