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Freshman Forty

(Freshman Forty #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  487 ratings  ·  129 reviews
It is four weeks into her freshman year of college, and Laurel’s first test was unexpected. Discovering she’s pregnant isn’t exactly what she had planned for her first semester, and while she intends to tell her emotionally-distant father, being away at school makes it all too easy to hide.

An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and isolated during what should be the b
ebook, 185 pages
Published February 2013
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Chris- Bookaddict
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars I loved the story I read it in one sitting , the 4.5 stars is because the ending left us hanging , with no look into what happens next , and I felt if this was going to be continued then it should of been a little bit longer with a little more story line for some of the characters .

Other then the reason Above I loved the story , I loved Laurel her character was amazing, Kind hearted, her story was amazing. I felt that at a couple points I wanted to strangle her , but then when you see
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review**

I really did enjoy this story. I read it in one sitting. I thought that it was well written. The author is a very good storyteller.

Alll of the characters, especially the main character Laurel, were extremely likable. There were a few characters that I wish we read more about. Obviously Danny, but Tara and Audrey. They could have been included so much more. I also really liked Mike. I was hoping for a little more storyline wi
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can see this being a role model book handed to young mums for prenatal reading to help them feel ok about themselves and their decisions.
I could feel her anxiety jumping off the page.

I hope there is/will be a second novel in duel POV. I wanted to jump up and down in frustration at the ending because I was dying to know what happened but I had a huge smile on my face.
I would also love to see a book written about Mike. I want to know about his life and what his feeling about whats h
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, for-review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review...

Freshman Forty is not your typical NA book. It was a realistic and sad portrayal of what can happen when a young woman tries to manage a life changing event without the support of friends and family. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming.

I don't mind being left with unanswered questions. In fact, I'm bothered when books are too long and tell too much. This story, however, left me wanting a little more - more character depth and more charac
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this was a really cute story of what a college freshman goes through when she finds out she is pregnant. I wanted to smack her when she didn't tell her dad or the baby's dad thaat she was pregnant. but then I wanted to scream and yell at her father for being such an inconsiderate jerk.
I really hope there is going to be more to this story especially with the way the author left it at the end!!!

overall great read I coudlnt put it down and finished it within 2 hours :)
Terri Amsden
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book within a day. I couldn't put it down, but I couldn't give this book 5 stars because the ending was abrupt and left me wanting more. I really felt for Laurel ( being a teenage mother myself many years ago). Hopefully there will be a sequel.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very good! But, I need a sequel!! Please!!! I want to know what will happen with Laurel and him (A) and him (B) and her!! ;-) No spoilers from me! ;-)
Christine Duval
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Positively Mine is now available at all eBook retailers
Laura Wells
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really well put together for a first novel. I was impressed. The story was a comfortable read but I would have liked the ending to be a little different.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I'm really starting to enjoy the new adult contemporary genre! I feel bad about it, but I'm generally a little wary of self-published books - yes, there's a lot of good ones out there, but the fact that a publisher has put effort and money into someone's work makes me trust traditionally published books a little more. But I've been reading quite a few self-published new adult novels for blog tours and such, and I have to say, I'm impressed! They've started to convince me to give more self-publis ...more
Nevaeh Lee
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, a little known fact about me is coming out...I've been in a similar situation as Laurel, and I think that the author did an excellent job of portraying the fears that inundate you from the moment you find out you are going to become a mother. What poor Laurel doesn't know yet is that those fears never go away; they just keep changing as your children get older. But that's another discussion for another day...:o)

I was completely surprised that this was Ms. Duval's debut novel. The writing a
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Positively Mine is another offering from Bloomsbury Spark's launch list and it's the best one I've read so far. It's well written and engaging right from then get go, dealing with important issues that affect millions of teenagers every year. Unwanted pregnancy is no laughing matter, and Christine Duval does a great job of portraying both the positive and negative ramifications of the situation.

Laurel is a few weeks into her freshman year at college when she discovers that she's pregnant. It's a
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Positively Mine is a story about a college girl who got pregnant and forced to make decisions she wasn't prepared for. It's a story about growing up, struggling with day-to-day reality of unplanned pregnancy.

I read Positively Mine a few months ago and was shocked by the effect it had on me. I couldn't even write a review because I was afraid it'd be too emotional. Maybe because it's beautifully written, and you can feel the write's voice and can't help loving it. And the characters are so real
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Freshman Forty is is a great book to read. I have to say that I give big kudos to Christine for writing about a subject that people have swept under the rug. Teen pregnancy is on the rise and everyone is taking a blase attitude towards it. It really disturbs me because teenage girls need to be more proactive in protecting themselves and being educated in the ways of birth control instead of being told the morning after pill is available at your local pharmacy.

Laurel has just graduated from high
Gabic Reads
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Freshman Forty Blog Tour.

This is a fairly quick read. I read it in a day. The book starts with Laurel finding out she's pregnant. But instead of coping with it and telling her friends and family, she withdraws into herself. She doesn't tell her dad. She doesn't tell her best friend. She doesn't even tell the father. The only people who do know are her doctors and the people at her pregnancy support group.

Laurel never really accepts that she's pregnan
P.A. Warren
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Freshman Forty is the story of Laurel Harris who finds out she is pregnant at the beginning of her freshman year at college.She hides it from friends and family.I found that I really enjoyed this story.I did find the Heroine making bad choices and the fact that she hid it from people was not a good choice.However She had her reasons.I ended up really liking Laurel and the friends she made.Laurels father was not a good father so I can see why she chose not to tell him.I think it is a bi
Jessica Figueroa
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

For most freshman, that year means new friends, new found freedom, studying and parties. Unlike most students in her year Laurel is pregnant and not sure what to do. Rather than abort the child, she decides to do what she feels right and keep the child. But with keeping the baby means revealing she pregnant to her loved ones and some friends and thats not something she's willing to do. The one person who really counts to tell, her dad, is always busy or theres never the time to break the news. L
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I was given this ebook from the author for an honest review….

I enjoyed Freshman Forty. It was a different kind of NA than I'm used to reading. It's not a love story but more a coming of age story about an 18 year old freshman in college that is pregnant. Laurel's story was compelling. I was a young mother too, a sophomore in college, so I could relate to a lot of the feelings Laurel was experiencing. I thought the author did a great job of depicting those feelings and making them totally real an
Leanna (daisychainbooks)
Most students start college life with a bang: they party non-stop, eat too much pizza, drink too much beer, and then cram a ton of work into late night study sessions. It’s all in the name of fun and freedom. For many, college is a first time away from home and parental control and of course from the rules and regulations of high school. That first year of college should be carefree and fun, while also getting all that coursework done. It should be a time without too many worries or responsibili ...more
Alyson Alvigi-quaranta
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

3.5-4 Stars!

This is a story about Laurel. In the beginning of her Freshman year in College, she discovers she is pregnant. I think the author did an excellent job portraying the fears and struggles of teenage pregnancy. I really felt sorry for Laurel since being pregnant should be one of the happiest times in your life. Instead she hid her pregnancy and had no one to turn too. I would like to know more of what happened between he
Jen Halligan
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Positively Mine immediately drew me in and didn't let go. I devoured this novel in practically one sitting! Beautifully written with realistic characters and great pacing, it pulled on all of my heart-strings. I can't wait to read more from Christine Duval!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down! I read it in 3 days and could have finished it even sooner- but life got in the way.

I loved Laurel right from the beginning, her attitude, sarcasm, inner thoughts and her honesty. I felt everything she felt and the writing really just sucked me in so it was just me and Laurel (probably why I finished this so fast, Laurel and I had a bond, lol). I was cheering for her when things went right, mad when things went wrong and wanted to yell at her when she was being st
Kat J
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book just sucks you into its world and keeps you there! I spent most of my Sunday curled up with this book and it was not a wasted weekend.

The story explores how 1 teenager deals with her pregnancy all by herself and the issues of communication between her and her father (which just adds to the stress of being isolated during her pregnancy).

There are times when you want to smack some sense into Laurel and others when you want to just hug her and protect her from the world. She made a life c

Positively Mine tells the story of Laurel, a freshman that only a few weeks into college finds out she's pregnant. Throughout the book, we see Laurel's struggles as she tries to balance her pregnancy and her studies in an extremely competitive college.

This is not a situation I've ever been in and, because of that, I couldn't completely relate with Laurel but, even so, I felt like it was a realist and well-written portrait of many women's life.
While the realist nature of the story is a plu
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this is a first read for me by this author and wow what a great read.
I really loved reading laurels story and her struggle with being pregnant and alone.
this is an amaizng read!
Tina V
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story and read it quickly in one sitting. I felt that this book was written really well and though I have never been in Laurel's situation, I felt that this was an honest depiction. Good book! Really excited to read Yours and Mine to continue Laurel's story!
Lauren Rodrigues
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
*Received a copy from the author for an honest review*

I would say this book is 3.5 stars, and mostly because I am picky about some subjects. And the protagonist didn't quite convince me. But overall the book is good, quick to read, and I managed to finish within two or three days.

The Story

Laurel is an eighteen-year-old freshman college student who sees her life turn upside down after discovering she's pregnant. The book is separated in five parts but we don't really notice the "phases", in whic
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Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read-list, arc-s
So I was given Freshman Forty by the author to review and finally got around to it. I must admit I'm a sucker for a pregnancy story and really enjoyed Freshman Forty. Laurel is a eighteen-year old freshman with a hard year ahead of her and many tough decisions to make.

Not too soon after starting school Laurel finds out she's pregnant. She ran far away to school to escape her absent father. There relationship has been non-existent since her mother passed and he's more like a distant uncle than h
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
“Everyone warned me about Colman College. The workload is heavy. The professors don’t mess around. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I have a math class, a writing seminar, a phys. ed. requirement that’s being fulfilled by taking a class in Swedish massage of all things, a course in molecular biology that I like, plus a lab to go with it, and an Intro to Legal Ethics class that I can’t stand. I also have a positive pregnancy test – two, actually. Way to get things started.”

This is
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Freshman Forty is pretty much the story I expected it to be; a girl in college finds out she is pregnant and has to cope with it. Laurel is the girl in question, and she has a track record of doing the easy thing; she is at the college her father wanted, rather than the one she wanted, she is taking a course she has no interest in just to please him, and she hasn’t really confronted the fact that they barely have a function relationship since the death of her mother 8 years previously.
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Christine Duval is an author and freelance writer. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild. When not creating fictional characters, she writes for the luxury real estate industry, has overseen online content and social media for several well-known magazines, and is a regular contributor to the international Chick Lit Club's ...more

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