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Parties lots of sex lots of very bad behaviour He's naughty witty and compassionate and everyone wants to be his friend But often than not Kit withholds that friendship and retreats from the gangThe gang includes Benny Bull a pathological liar from Dudley who associates with drug dealers car jackers Al uaida and the IRA if only in his head There's Adrian Dangerous an achievement driven fitness fanatic from Kent who has to get a First Alex is a ballsy exchange student from Memphis who's utterly at ease with her unorthodox looks and keen to stress that carrots h Not at all sure about this book I think the main problems are that it is so different to the excellent Outlaws not vernacularlly based but a standard story its about students never the most sympathetic of characters and the biggest fault its too long to carry off the lack of dramaKit is 17 and away at UNI Not sure how he is so young He is popular witty clever and cultured in all things indie He does however have his hangups and has trouble making friends and is terrified of girls Eventually on his first night out he meets Junity and an assortment of othersJinty is older lady very tall and Kits eventual saviourAdrian Dangerous is a bit of toff twat who kit ribs mercilessly Then there is benny a pathological liar an asian girl who loves Kit and alex a feminist opinionated exchnge studentThere are endless rounds of drinking clubbing and drugs before the revelation about why Kit finds it hard to face peope and girls is revealed Kit had two sisters and a playfight got out of hand when he was 12 and his elder sister fucked him and then told him he had a small cockJinty then saves the day and assures him that it is normalCompletely different to Outlaws which is both good shows range and bad i loved outlawas and surprisingly lacking in humourI will continue and go for something else of his later

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Ave feelings too Laid back Simon from the Peak District wants nothing than to get by start a band and find that mythic mushroom field at Whitehood Hall Petra from Stirling wants nothing than Kit although Kit tragically seems to see her as a mate The object of his affections is Colette yet whenever Kit gets close to her something seems to hold him back Jinty and the experience of surviving away from home for the first time in his life help him confront himself and beat his demons Freshers is a rich insightful and exuberant novel about getting wise and growing up This is an OK read especially if you are familiar with the city of Sheffield as the book is set there and you can identify with the streets and pubs A lot of the characters are uite funny satires of the type of people you meet at university The only downside for me was there are a couple of uite dark themes involved in this book whilst a lot of the tone is light hearted and I found it difficult to switch moods I think it would have been better toned to be like Starter For Ten by David Nicholls funny with a few poignant insights in to common struggles of student life rather than being as dark as this in parts That said it is worth the read I think students would like it

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Kit Hannah is about to start University He's funny clever and popular anybody would think he'd be relishing the prospect But Kit is harbouring a dark foreboding he dare not share with anyone else It's with a heavy heart that he leaves home to begin a new life in SheffieldAt the vast and alienating Ranmoor Halls of Residence he meets Jinty a psychology student who's six years older than Kit and much worldly wise She's posh confident and independent and she becomes and fascinated by Kit When he wants to be he's the life and soul of the party and there are lots of After covering football hooligans Awaydays pop music Powder package tours Leisure and Liverpool criminals Outlaws and Clubland in previous books Sampson turns his attention to the terrifying time of life known in the UK as Freshers Fortnight In the US this is called First Year Orientation but whatever the name it s a time of mighty highs and lows as hordes of teenagers leave home for their first year of college The novel does a nice job of portraying the haphazard struggle to make friendships forge identities and survive homesickness that characterizes those first few monthsSet in Sheffield the story is told through Kit Hannah a cooler than thou indie music maven who behind a thin veil of cynicism and misanthropy is not as different from his classmates as he thinks He s uite the teen Holden Caufield finding everyone phony and distrusting friendliness But it doesn t take much convincing for him to be sucked into the vortex of pubs clubbing dorm room spliffs and deep meaningful talks that are the staple of college life everywhere Soon he s amassed a little circle of friends that will sustain and define his first year The people that make up this supporting cast are all uite easy to imagine the public school athletic type the sexy older woman student the sassy but undesirable galpal the poseur tall tale teller the American uberfeminist etc but a touch too melodramatic Each one has some kind of hidden secret or uality that defines them and eventually each will be revealed to Kit and the reader Of course Kit has his own deep dark secret and it s a pretty startling one that explains much of his problem with peopleThe story is set entirely outside the classroom taking place mostly after hours as Kit struggles to make sense of his new life and what all these new people mean to him As the story cascades through pubs parties restaurants and dorm rooms it s studded with plenty of comic moments along with a number of those wince inducing embarrassing scenes that are the staple of that first year of college It s a never pretentious but occasionally soap operaish trip back to that time when we all struggled desperately to stay true to ourselves and fit in enough to make friends and live happily Admittedly it very nearly goes over the top at times but the incisive dissection of Kit s insecurities make it a memorable read


8 thoughts on “Freshers

  1. says:

    After covering football hooligans Awaydays pop music Powder package tours Leisure and Liverpool criminals Outlaws and Clubland in previous books Sampson turns his attention to the terrifying time of life known in the UK as Freshers

  2. says:

    I read this at Glastonbury 2004 o

  3. says:

    I bought this book because I was looking for something funny and relevent to the university experience but I was let down by it after only fourty pages Largely as a result of personal taste I must hasten to add grammatically the book was well written and the description and characters were very convincingThe book suffers from a problem that turns me off of some books the feeling that the main character is someone's w fantasy The main chara

  4. says:

    Not at all sure about this book I think the main problems are that it is so different to the excellent Outlaws not vernacularlly based but a standard story its about students never the most sympathetic of characters and the biggest fault its too long to carry off the lack of dramaKit is 17 and away at UNI Not sure how he

  5. says:

    This is an OK read especially if you are familiar with the city of Sheffield as the book is set there and you can

  6. says:

    While this book probably wouldnt stand alongside any Booker shortlisted novels as far as outstanding literature

  7. says:

    if you are interested in the lifestyle of first year students their angst their desperation to lose their virginity their self pity drinking habits their getting off their heads on magic mushrooms and their propen

  8. says:

    Reminds me of Sheffield