We’ve reviewed this author before, but now she’s changed her name, due to a well deserved book deal. This is a prequel to Millie and the American Wedding, Millie being an English lass with a fondness for all things american who went to her college friend’s Manhattan wedding. Now we get to flash back ten years to the year she spent at Kendry college in Pennsylvania, only an hour and a half from New York City and with a reputation as a party college. As we know from the present day book Millie never turns down a night out and has a cast iron liver, so pretty soon she’s gone native, playing beer pong, and is up to her ears in dramas with friends, men and sororities.
Kooks for your Kindle?– Jen and Casey are the first to take Millie under their wing and introduce her to the party scene. They’re a hybrid of the ugly stepsisters and Mean Girls, and try to push Millie into dressing like them, dieting and fitting right in. Kristen is their antithesis and soon becomes a much better friend to Millie as well as the only person who can rein her in on wild nights out. Rob is the strangely familiar guy she repeatedly runs into without fully recognising, the most interesting of the men on campus (and more appetising than Phil The Gangster).
The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Fortunately Millie doesn’t stand for the Mean Girls’ behaviour for long, but the damage is done when they take a hit out on Millie’s reputation.
Painting a Picture for your Paperback?– I was expecting this story to be reminiscent of my own time on an exchange at a little private college (in Indiana), but our parties were more randomly organised because there wasn’t what they call the Greek system- the fraternities and sororities which you all know about from the movies. I’m quite glad about this as they seem pretty terrifying, with the pledging, hazing, bitchy cliques and nightmare guys. As it is, this is a great introduction to the system as seen through Millie’s fresh eyes. Incidentally it’s a definite bonus to be over 21 so you don’t have to dive out of windows when the parties get raided by the police!
Evaluation of your eBook?– It’s definitely the same boozy Millie from the other book, the romantic situations here are the same ones that are referenced at Kirsten’s wedding ten years on, although this doesn’t cover as far as the nasty situation with Millie’s boyfriend’s snobby mother. It’s probably more suited to the YA generation as Millie’s dramas here are all friend, boy and social media related, but if you’re a little older and had a thing for Sweet Valley High books as a kid then you’ll still find it a guilty pleasure. Obviously if you enjoyed Millie and the American Wedding then it’s a must read to see where it all started.
Frothy Ranking: 3.5/5 cocktails.
Can be obtained from:
UK: Amazon for £1.53.
US: Amazon for $2.99.