I’ve been following Margot Wood since her Epic Reads days and when I found out she was publishing a book set in college that featured a bisexual protagonist, I was sold. This book was laugh out loud worthy and such a fun read!
Author: Margot Wood
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+
Content Warnings: Fresh depicts: drinking, drug use, profanity, sex, and one scene with sexual assault. (Taken from the authors website.)
Elliot McHugh is a freshman at Emerson College in Boston, MA and she wants to experience everything college has to offer – friends, roommates, partying, drinking, sexing up every person she can – Elliot wants it all. She’s unsure how to navigate the college world but she quickly learns a few lessons (like don’t leave your laundry detergent in the laundry room unattended unless you want someone else to use it).
Elliot was the most fun I’ve had with a protagonist in a long time. This book is full of humor and had me laughing out loud from page 1 – not even kidding, this book is full of laughs. But it also has serious moments.
Elliot is proudly and openly bisexual. This book is very sex positive about having as much sex and with whoever you want to have sex with, as long as you’re doing it safely. She is all about having sex with as many boys and girls as she can. (Or not having sex, like Elliot’s roommate, who wants a relationship – this book shows it’s ok to be selective).
Fresh does have a very serious sexual assault scene in the middle of the book, so please read the content warnings before going into this. I feel like book dealt with this issue realistically. College life isn’t always pretty, and sometimes you don’t know who you can trust or who your real friends are until things get really bad.
On a lighter night, please make sure to look near the page number of page 69 in your print book. For no particular reason. None at all.
There is a running joke throughout the book of “tender chicken” – which is what Elliot’s little sister called having a “lady boner” – when you get all tingly in the nether regions. It’s so funny and mentioned throughout the book which I absolutely loved!
Elliot also has ADHD and has to learn how to deal with college life, when no one is making you do your homework or write your papers, and living on her own for the first time.
This book is a book I wish I had in college. It’s so real and down to earth. I had so much fun reading this book, I couldn’t stop smiling. I highly recommend it – this is a book of college life, of growing up, of friendships and how your family will always be there for you.
Margot hosted a giveaway on her instagram for audiobook downloads from Audible, and I was fortunate enough to win one! So while I started physically reading this book, I ended up listening to it as well and wow. WOW. The audiobook is SO funny! The narrator does a fantastic job of narrating Elliot’s story and it is 100% worth a listen. Easily one of my all time favorite audiobooks.
If you’re looking for a fun read set in college, look no further than Fresh! As mentioned above, please check the content warnings as this book does deal with some serious issues as well as its light hearted moments. I loved the bisexual representation in this book – Elliot is with both guys and girls in this book and I appreciated seeing that. Overall great new adult college age book.