Book Review: Freshmen ARC by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison


Book Review: Freshmen ARC by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Published by Delacorte Press

Release Date: June 12th, 2018

YA Contemporary Romance, 352 pages

Goodreads synopsis:

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.


I received this novel at Yallwest this year, and was really excited to have read it before my own big move into university this fall!

What sticks out the most in my mind about this book, was that there was a whole lot of character, but not a whole lot of plot. This novel followed two POVs: Phoebe, and Luke. Both are just starting college, and had actually gone to high school together beforehand. This book starts off with drama, and ends with drama. Don’t get me wrong, I live for the drama sometimes, it just didn’t seem to be going anywhere in particular plot wise.

I particularly loved Phoebe’s obsession with Hot Luke Taylor, mostly because it was so relatable. Her friends are everything I could hope to find in friends at college, and her unfortunate problems that seemed to keep happening to her were hilarious when dealt with by the three of them.

“What should I do?” I turned to Negin.
“I don’t know.”
“Are you a doctor or not?” I screeched.
“As I have said a thousand times, I won’t be a doctor for seven years.”
― Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison, Freshmen 

I think that Frankie was my favorite character, she was so true and hilarious the whole time, she was the best part of this novel. I also related to Luke, as I know what it’s like to base your life on someone, and then have it all taken away and be lost for a while.

This novel was also somewhat British, which I wasn’t aware of when I first started it, so I was imagining a Canadian or American style of college. I mostly clued in with their increasingly British mannerisms and when they joined the quidditch league, and I so wish there was more of those around here!

There was mention of sleeping girls, and how the soccer team would take photos of the girls they were with, and would post them in their group chat. This however seemed minor, and I felt like it wasn’t the central focus of the novel.

Overall, so much drama, with little plot line. Still a highly hilarious, enjoyable and fun read! 4/5 stars

Thanks for reading guys! Mara x


One thought on “Book Review: Freshmen ARC by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

  1. evelynreads1 September 6, 2018 / 11:01 PM

    This sounds like a nice easy read ☺️
    Maybe I will check it out someday!



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