English author Pratt’s (Floored, 2018, etc.) latest is an original story based on the graphic novel of the same name.
Sheffield University first years Susan, Esther, and Daisy live on the same floor and have become close friends, although they have almost nothing in common. Med student Susan is rough around the edges (and all the way through) and has a sketchy past. Pale goth Esther is an English lit student who, at the end of October, still hasn’t attended a lecture. Practical and sweet, Daisy studies archaeology. The one thing they have in common? They each have a problem. Susan’s is called McGraw. Her friends want to know why she hates him so much, but she holds her cards close. Esther desperately wants to meet the mysterious Goth Girl she sees around campus. In an effort to socialize more, Daisy winds up with 32 society and club memberships. Nothing turns out the way it’s supposed to, but with loyal mates like these, there’s nothing they can’t handle. With its wry, comics-inspired humor, the action is dramatically silly, but it’s a rollicking grrrl-centered good time. The author captures the minute details of university life with uncanny accuracy. Daisy is a blonde, biracial girl of white English and black West Indian heritage; Susan and Esther are white; and there are South and East Asian major and minor characters.
Great fun. (Fiction. 13-adult)