Aug 14, 2011
Omnific Publishing - eBook edition
Some sexual content
Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that’s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it... and having fun doing it, too. She didn’t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find “the one” and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order...
I enjoyed every single page and read it over two days. I turned eighteen at the end of '91 so I didn't get to live out the 80's the way the characters in this book did, but I do remember it fondly and what I can remember as a teen, this took me right back to.
I really didn't know who was meant to be the hero. I knew guys like all three of the Dave's in my youth. I honestly couldn't say who I wanted to Jen to end up with, if she was to end up with any of them. Nicki Elson does a fantastic job of making everyone more than a character, she makes them feel human, warts and all. I couldn't dislike any of the guys. They were very normal and real.
Despite the fact I considered myself a good girl as a teen, I think the main character of Three Daves wouldn't have been impressed with my behaviour. Jen is no angel. Regardless, she is quite critical of her friends' morals and actions but I was glad to see she was able to turn that microscope on herself by the end.
This really is a coming of age story. The reader travels along with Jen as she explores the type of girl she is and the woman she wants to be. Filled to the brim with nostalgia, temptation, passion and sometimes heartbreak, I loved my short trip back to 80's.
Nicki will be joining me here next month for a chat about where Young Adult fiction ends and Adult fiction begins.
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