College Life 101: Freshman Orientation
by J.B. Vample
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: December 18th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.
Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.
These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.
Malajia walked in, catching Alex by surprise, and sprinted over to her dresser. “Hey girl, I need a jacket. It’s chilly out.” Malajia foraged around in her closet, and pulled out a red coat. “What’s with you? No ‘hello, how you doin’?” she jeered when Alex didn’t acknowledge her.
“Malajia, I’m not in the mood okay,” Alex responded, unenthusiastically.
Malajia frowned. “Well, Ms. Sunshine. What the hell got into you?”
Alex looked up and saw only the short, tight red-and-black dress paired with six inch high heels—an outfit Sherry would happily wear to advertise her wares. “I said that I’m not in the mood, okay!” she yelled.
“Why are you yelling at me? What did I do to you?!” Malajia shouted back.
Alex snapped, losing the last ounce of control she had. “I’m sick of cheating men, I’m sick of arguing, and I’m sick of women like you.”
Emily rolled over in the safety of her blankets and looked at them. “What’s going on?” she asked, her voice still fuzzy with sleep.
Malajia ignored her and watched Alex angrily grab her robe and bathroom essentials.
“Wait a minute,” she ordered, blocking Alex’s way. “What the hell do you mean by women like me?”
Alex spun around, enraged. “I mean women who walk around in their skimpy little outfits, parading their tits and asses in guys’ faces, willing to do anything for a guy’s attention. Women who go out with a guy even if he already has a girlfriend. You just want the satisfaction of knowing that you can get any guy that you want. You just want to add another guy to your little list of conquests—that’s what I mean by women like you.”
Malajia stared at her, stunned at the venom pouring out of the girl who was usually the voice of reason. “Are you kidding me? You’re implying that I fit into the same category as a whore? Is that what you’re implying, Alex?” Malajia’s fists clenched around the jacket and she paused, looking Alex up and down. “Because if that’s what you’re implying, then you know where you can put that bullshit!”
Malajia stormed out and slammed the door. Alex stood there, shaking. She felt betrayed, sore deep down, and too angry to care if Malajia’s feelings were hurt.
Emily hid her face in her pillow. Until the dispute, she was actually feeling better, ready to join the land of the living.
About the Author
J.B. was born in Philadelphia, PA but has lived in California, Arizona and Maryland (while attending The University of Maryland Eastern Shore). Although she works as a Lead Time Entry Analyst, her first love is and has always been writing. She admits to having an over active imagination and to being a chronic day dreamer, both have helped with her writing. (She says that the scenes from her books play like a movie in her head). Aside from writing, she enjoys martial arts and reading.
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