This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.
Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right? —Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.
The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.
Reader warning: Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up.
Lex Easton is about to celebrate her 18th birthday in Paris with her two best friends and going to give up her V card to her boyfriend Kelle. Lex’s father is a famous Rock star and mother is a celebrity with a drug and alcohol problem. The family dynamics is a little crazy. Lex calls her mom Birdie and she can’t remember the last time she saw her father. The day before her birthday, Lex goes home to find her mom sleeping with her boyfriend. That is when all hell brakes loose and Lex finds herself in jail and her summer plans not going the way she had planned.
“Daddy is in Tokyo. Jack Daniels has been mom’s only source of nutrition since I’ve moved in. And Kelle came over today and celebrated with her.”
“Birdie and her full-on, balls-to-the wall sex with my high school sweet-heart. I had loved Kelle Sterling Dolley. Or at least, I thought I had.”
The book deals with family and friendship issues. I found myself not connecting with the characters. I feel like they could have been developed more and some of the terms that were used reminded me of what a middle school girl would say rather than an almost 18 year old that went to a private school. The problems that they faced were a little over the top and dramatic for me, but the friendship that Lex and her BFF, VBF and GBF was realistic. If you are looking for a quick read with lots of cute one-liners this is the book for you.
*received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*