on February 19, 2016
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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Series: Modern Love Stories #0.5
Source: ARC via author
In the 90s …
texting involved paper and a pen …
… our selfies were Polaroids ...
… our favorite music was on mix tapes.
Sex was dangerous, music was raw, and falling in love felt nostalgic.
We were friends and lovers.
We thought we knew everything.
We knew nothing.
We were here.
This is the story of seven college friends, falling in and out of love, and discovering who they are. Set in the early 1990s, a time before the internet, social media, and smart phones, We Were Here is the prequel to Geoducks Are For Lovers. It can be read as a standalone New Adult romance.
Selah, Freshman Year
Great. Despite most definitely being outside of class and off campus, he’d reverted to formal names.
“I’m surprised to see you here.” He ignored introductions to his friend.
“I could say the same. I didn’t realize you lived in Olympia.”
Geez, this conversation couldn’t be more boring. Maybe his companion was friendly. I stuck out my hand. “Hi, I’m Selah, one of Mr. Vincent’s students at Evergreen.”
“Pleased to meet you. I’m Kevin.” If someone could be described as beige, he was that person. Nothing remarkable about him except how unremarkable he looked. “Are you taking Jason’s sex class?”
Thankfully, I remained composed enough not to swallow my tongue. “Is that how he’s describing it? Professor?” I held my gaze steady on Jason’s face. I swore I saw his cheeks color with pink.
“Kevin.” His voice lowered, stern and threatening.
Kevin’s grin told me he enjoyed teasing Jason. They must have been old friends. “Fine, are you in Professor Vincent’s biology class?”
“I am. I’m hoping for an A.”
Kevin’s clever eyes swept over me. “What year are you?”
Jason groaned while Kevin nodded and asked, “Tell me, Selah, has anyone ever called you Lolita before?”
Now my own cheeks heated. My skirt suddenly felt too short—the gap between it and my boots exposing a lot of fishnet covered skin. Or it could have been my short pigtails. I realized all I needed was a lollipop.
“Can’t say it’s happened before, Kevin.”
Clearly, Kevin knew my game. Or maybe Jason’s. I’d never thought he could be the type to seduce his students. As far as I knew, this class was his first teaching job.
“How did you get in here?” Jason changed the subject. “Fake ID?”
Busted. “No one carded us.”
“Doesn’t make you legal.”
“Are you going to call the police? Have us arrested and handcuffed?” It might have been the vodka, but I decided to be bold and push him. “Are you into handcuffs, Professor?”
Jason choked on his beer, coughing to clear his throat.
After making sure his friend wasn’t dying, Kevin laughed. “This is more entertaining than I imagined a college dive bar could be.”
I focused my attention on the non-choking friend. “What brings you to Olympia, Kevin?”
“I’m in politics.”
Jason found his voice again. “He’s an assistant to an assistant to a state senator.”
“Then you know all about impropriety.” I gave him a sweet smile.
“It’s been a political tradition since the Founding Fathers.” Kevin raised his glass. “I like you. Care to join us?”
Jason set his beer on the table. “I can’t be seen drinking with students. Kevin, shut up.” He pointed at me. “You return to your booth and your friends, and we’ll pretend we never ran into each other.”
“Yes, sir.” I saluted him. “Can I ask one question first?”
“If he doesn’t answer, I will.” Kevin gave me a wicked grin like a wolf in beige clothing.
Three words I’d use to describe We Were Here are CHARMING, SEXY, and NOSTALGIC. This is a story of a group of friends who meet in college in the 1990’s. The story follows them throughout their university years, and we get to see all their first loves and heartbreaks and all the growth and changes a person goes through in that time in their life.
Everything about this book took me back to a memorable time in my own life. It made me think about my years as a teen in the nineties. Oh my goodness, the fashion (flannel and Doc Martens), mix tapes, pre cell phones, pre internet. It was such a fun read and brought back so many memories.
This was my first Daisy Prescott book, and I find her writing style to be funny and very enjoyable. She made me laugh, and she wrote an endearing cast of characters. I really did come to care about each one of them. I loved seeing them grow from a fresh-faced freshmen into adults. I felt like I was apart of their circle of friendship.
And, how can I write a review without mentioning how awesome the book cover is? It captures the tone of the story and is what initially what caught my eye about this book. We Were Here is a book I certainly recommend to fans of new adult and those who grew up #InThe90s.
“Only assholes dress up as clowns. I hate clowns. They’re fucking creepy, hiding behind their costume and makeup. But underneath the bright cheerful exterior lurks evil. Trust me.” -Ben