Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Freshman Fifteen Book Review (Diva's Literary World)

I read Freshmen Fifteen, in exchange for honest review from Diva's Literary World. I was provided a .pdf version of the book. The copy and images was provided by Diva's Literary World. The post also contains Amazon Affiliate Links.

About The Book

Firsts are almost unforgettable... First day of school, first crush, first kiss, first love. No matter how dreamy or undesirable, you'll always remember your first rumble in the sheets. Laila had plans of making her first time memorable on her high school graduation night, but those plans were thwarted by her jailed boyfriend. Now she's headed to college, a virgin. Although her top priority is to do well in school, to thoroughly enjoy the college experience, the horny beast inside of her is begging to be released. After all, her hand can only bring her so much pleasure.

While searching for the right guy to give her virginity to, her natural curiosity leads her to discover the pleasurable, and not so pleasurable, stories of her friends' sexcapades. Finally, she meets Chris, a sexy, senior, frat boy. Is he just a playboy or will he be worthy of taking her virginity?

About The Author

Jasmine, a loving mother and wife, is a resident of Virginia. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University where she received a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. She went on to receive her M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois Springfield. Freshmen Fifteen is Jasmine’s debut novel. She has also written a self-help book titled Journey after School: A Guide to Starting Your Career and Managing Your Finances. She 
has enjoyed the writing process and has other books on the horizon. You can visit her website for more information.

Chapter 1 Excerpt 

On my way to Tanya’s house, I roll my window down to catch the breeze from the Gulf. I’ll surely miss these beautiful beaches. When I pull up, I see a few people standing outside, talking. I suddenly focus on Josh, Tanya’s older brother. As he leans back on a car, he still towers over most of the men beside him. Even through the darkness of the night, his bright hazel eyes are inviting.

Walking up to the house, suddenly Josh is the only person I see. His looks are captivating, but after knowing him for a while now, I know that his personality is even better. Unfortunately, for me, he sees me as a little sister. “Congrats, Laila! I’m proud of you and Tanya. I’m sure y’all will be unstoppable at L.U. Make sure you two look out for each other and don’t let any of those older guys get into your head.”

“Thanks, Josh. You know how we do. We will always have each other’s backs. Where is your sister anyway?” He points towards the house. I go in to hurry her up. I find her in her room packing a bag. “Tanya, you mean to tell me Ms. Plan-it-all didn’t already have a bag packed?” She gives me a side-eye and pouts her lips. “You know tonight is going to be special. I can’t decide what I want to wear.”“What did you pack?” She looks up from her bag. “I hope something sexy.” “I packed this sexy, black, lace bra with these cute thongs to match.” I laugh. “Not like Travis will care much, he’ll just be ready to see me naked.”

She finally throws a few more things into the bag and we head out. As we walk out of the house, Josh is standing in our path. He leans in towards me and gives me a hug. I almost melt in his strong arms. My petite, five foot two inches are lost in his embrace; all six-foot three, two-hundred pounds of him. “Laila, I wanted to give you a hug earlier but you ran off. I appreciate you looking after my sister.” I smile and keep walking towards the car. “I see my brother made sure he gave you a hug. What’s that all about?” Tanya is ignorant of the fact that her brother is the best thing coming out of Fort Walton Beach.

“You know your brother can get it, right? I would leave Travis today if your brother said the word. I love Travis, but your brother definitely has a lot to offer.” She interrupts me before I can tell her any more. “Laila, you know you wouldn’t leave Travis. Hush. Besides, if you left Travis, we all wouldn’t be able to hang out anymore. It would be awkward.”

Since Tanya and I started dating best friends, it has been like a four-some. We are always double dating, and I know all of Tanya and Devon’s business, as I’m sure they know all of ours. “You’re right. It would be awkward. I should get my mind off your brother. Especially if I plan on giving my cookies to Travis tonight.” I nervously cross my legs at the thought of losing my virginity.

As we pull up to the beach, I ask Tanya about her family dinner and tell her about my newfound freedom for the summer.

My Review:

I wanted to review the book after Diva's Literary World contacted me. I liked how Laila was a virgin, but not liked how she was ready to give it up. My hope was she would remain a virgin until marriage, The book appealed to my celibate side. I did not want her having sex. I had to read the book to find out if she remained a virgin through the entire book or gave it up to Travis, Chris, or whoever else. You have to read the book to find out too.:-)

I also stayed a virgin until I went off to college at 18. I felt I was missing out on some things by staying at home. I was focused on grades and graduation. I did not date. I did not drink. I did not have sex. I wish I had waited to have sex. I was very inexperienced in the whatevers of sex. I took sex ed in high school. The teacher focused on the technical aspects. This is the penis. This is the labia. This is what happens when a man gets an erection. The teacher deviated from what the other classes was teaching. We did not watch the birth video. We did not do some of the assignments, the other classes was doing. Everything was technical. The appropriate words were used. The teacher also briefly discussed HIV and AIDS. I wish he had discussed HSV (Herpes), HPV (Human papillomavirus), and some of the other curable and incurable sexually transmitted diseases.

My family also did not discuss sex. Sex was taboo. Even now as I'm older and have more experience, sex is still taboo in the family. I have overheard conversations between male relatives (late 50s and 60s) and I wish they kept it secret. Too much information. No one knows what the other has done or is doing unless someone mentions it.

I do also wish I focused on my grades and picked the right major, the first time I went to college. Then, earned a masters when the time was right. Next, I wish I immersed myself in more of the college experience---not the sex, but making friends and socializing. Maybe joining a club or something.

Back to the book:

The book starts out with Laila and Tanya graduating from high school. They eventually start discussing their plans for the night. Laila wants to give up her virginity to Travis,  her boyfriend, but he gets locked up. (insert smile. she still a virgin). Tanya also did not lose her virginity either to Devon, her boyfriend, that night either. 

The first few chapters deals with graduation and college orientation. Laila want to have sex. It doesn't help she is surrounded by peers, who have already lost their virginity.

The book moves well and has a nice flow. I loved reading the book. The book is available in Kindle
and Paperback format. The paperback is prime-eligible. 

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