I miss college. And not the study for exams, write 12-page papers, ramen for dinner miss college. But the camaraderie, freedom to explore, and those tight friendships you discover as you enter the world of becoming an adult. So I was thrilled when I started Leah DeCesare’s debut novel and entered freshman year of college at Syracuse with roommates Amy and Veronica.
Before heading to school, Amy’s father gives her a pep talk about the Utensil Classification System: each boy she meets can be classified as a fork, spoon, or knife. I’ll let Amy and friends elaborate on the differences but ultimately, they’re all in search of their perfect steak knife.
I loved sharing their college experience with them from the beginning, all the way through graduation, and moving to a big city to start their careers. What made it more fun was college for them was in the ’80s. So not only was it nice to see dating life without the world of smartphones, GPS, and email, but I enjoyed all the musical and fashion references to that decade.
Its’s easy to fall in love with Amy and Veronica and root for them throughout the course of the book. We have all been through their ups and downs, trying to balance academics and first loves and heartbreak. The characters really are fully cemented and the dialogue is spot on. Their journey pulled at my heartstrings and made me smile when things went right.
My thanks to Leah DeCesare for a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. I would love to see these women again in a follow-up story, or even passing their utensil knowledge down to a future generation. A perfect beach read, too!
About the author:
Leah DeCesare is the author of the nonfiction parenting series Naked Parenting, based on her work as a doula, early parenting educator, and mom of three. Her articles on parenting have been featured in The Huffington Post, the International Doula, and The Key, among others. In 2008, she cofounded the nonprofit Doulas of Rhode Island, and in 2013 she spearheaded the Campaign for Hope to build the Kampala Children’s Centre for Hope and Wellness in Uganda. In a past life, DeCesare worked in public relations and event planning. She now writes, teaches, and volunteers in Rhode Island, where she lives with her family and talking cockatiel.