ARC Review: Frosh: First Blush by Mónica B. Wagner

First Blush

Title: Frosh: First Blush
Author: Mónica B. Wagner
Series: Frosh #1
Publisher: The Studio/ Paper Lantern Lit
Publication date: October 20, 2015
Pages: 307
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.


Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.


Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.


High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.


Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?


FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.




I thought this book was pretty well done. I’m not usually a huge fan of multiple POVs, but Mónica did a great job with the different characters. It was a bit predictable though, so I didn’t love it completely. I ended up giving this 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks Netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange for a honest review.


I really loved the two guys, Grant and Charlie. Usually I’m more in tune with the girls, what with being a girl myself, but I felt like the guys were better in this book. Devon was a biatch during most of the book and Ellie was cute, but she was also a little annoying at times. And I wanted to shake her during parts to make her realize how stupid she was being. This book is a pretty quick read, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out, especially with that cliffhanger ending that leaves readers wanting more. I’m not sure I’ll survive another year without finding out what happens next.


I loved the pairings in this book. I was rooting for them the entire time, and I’m glad the couples I wanted to get together ended up together. I thought there was a bit too much drama maybe, but it made the book more interesting to read, so it was fine by me. I really liked the romantic parts of the book, like Grant’s note to Ellie, etc. So cute!


A couple of my favorite lines were: “His mom’s usual saying popped into his mind: ‘The hard-to-get girls are hard to get for a reason, Granty.'” and “Pencils don’t get pregnant ’cause they wear rubbers on their ends.”


Final note: A cute NA romance read. I already purchased my ebook copy, and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Is it 2016 yet?

4 stars

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