The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones

The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones

by Kelly Owen

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SLEEPING FEET FROM STRANGERS is not a description Cadence Cooper remembers from the brochure that brought her to Charlestowne College, but this jarring reality becomes one of many she encounters during her freshman year. Threatened with expulsion from a "Demon of Darkness" professor and tormented by a hellacious roommate, Cadence struggles to survive in this realm of hookups and higher education. Here sex, drugs, and drinking become subjects of study just as much as coursework. Just when she's ready to give up the dream of a college degree, she finds romance with a rock star classmate and a position as a student photographer. With her lens fixed on the campus and Charleston, a stunning city that teaches its own powerful lessons, Cadence uncovers the details of a devastating rape, a mysterious suicide, and a secret group intent on exposing a scandal that will forever change the school. Knowledge never comes without cost--or surprises. Life with strangers transforms into profound experiences with friends, foes, lovers, and liars in and out of the Holy City's classrooms. Cadence's first-year journey begins with "English 101: The Composition of Life," but where it ends shocks even her.

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ISBN-13: 9780996061728
Publisher: Boxer Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 572
File size: 3 MB

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The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
frb More than 1 year ago
Make room on your bookshelves!  Kelly Owen's debut novel will leave you impatient for the rest of the series. Characters come to life, immediately engaging the reader through Owen's realistic portrayals and keen ear for dialogue. _The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones_ meets the criteria of a coming-of-age novel, certainly, but the author's compassionate perception spans the spectrum of human ages and experiences, offering something for nearly everyone. Although not contrived, Owen's careful crafting of the novel is evident throughout, particularly in organizing the chapters by college courses, an ingenious and multifaceted innovation. Establishing its southern roots with inherent tensions of community, race, sexuality, religion, and family, Owen's novel blossoms with its loving attention to place as the "Holy City" unfolds its myriad sights, smells, sounds, stories, and secrets to a protagonist whose learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. I'm looking forward to Cadence's sophomore year!
ACLietzow More than 1 year ago
Kelly Owen has chosen Charleston, South Carolina as the setting for her novel - lucky for us, just the first in a series. As a resident of Charleston, I can honestly say that Kelly has captured the sights, sounds, even smells notoriously associated with this great city. Anyone who is familiar with Charleston will smile and nod in recognition as they are led through familiar city streets and back marshes. This novel, which follows Cadence's first year in college, gives the most accurate portrayal of college life I've read - from the initial struggles of being in a new city and bouts of homesickness, to the liberation of living on your own for the first time - Cadence's experience is one that many will relate to. But, in my opinion, The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones delves deeper into current social issues and has the potential to spark conversation on topics such as sexual abuse, suicide, and stigmas that lurk on every college campus, though rarely discussed. As to be expected from an English professor, this novel is extraordinarily well written. Her writing style is easy to read, her character development is well done, and, like all of the great novels, it has themes and symbols woven into the storyline that will make The College Chronicles perfect for a book club. This author has a gift and we're extremely lucky she's decided to share it with the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kelly Owen is a master storyteller and this novel will captivate you with the very first chapter.  You won’t want to put it down. This novel explores the trials and tribulations of Cadence Cooper’s freshman year of college.  For readers who enjoyed college a few years ago, it’s like a nostalgic trip down memory lane.  For those just embarking on their college years, this book could be titled “What To Expect When You Go To College.”  I doubt a more accurate portrayal exists of the experiences a typical freshman goes through. But this novel goes so far beyond “just a book about college life.” Plain and simple, Owen makes you fall in love with her characters, even their flaws.  You will imagine yourself standing in Cadence’s shoes in every scene, and it’s an exhilarating, and sometimes terrifying, ride.   There is also richness to Owen’s writing that you just don’t find very often in contemporary fiction.  The evocative descriptions of settings and scenes will immerse you even more in the storyline.  This book reads like a love letter to the city of Charleston, but you’ll also find yourself smelling the coffee brewing, tasting briny oysters, feeling the thump of a bass guitar reverberating from the dance floor, and so much more. Most books deliver words on a page…a quick escape from real life.  They’re formulaic and predictable, with no real character or plot development and certainly no symbolism.    But this is not your typical “chick lit.”  It’s rare for me to find a novel that inspires my imagination so completely and leaves me wanting more, as this one has. Kelly Owen gets an A+ for The College Chronicles:  Freshman Milestones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kelley Owen’s Freshman Milestones follows Cadence Cooper and her introduction to college in the 21st Century. Drawing heavily from personal experience as an English professor as well as extensive research, the author holds a mirror in the face of American education, and paints a very different picture from the beacon of promise and hope that many people revere.  Facing issues such as sexual assault, disease, substance abuse, debt and domestic violence, Cadence must figure out how to survive in a new environment, far from home and family. As a sophomore in college, this book hit very close to home throughout, and I have personally dealt with-0 most of the problems facing the protagonist.  Kelly Owen offers a female perspective to the male dominated world of education, and while it may seem a bit “chick flick” at times, voices a challenge to the current system. Although a staggering 550 page story, it was an easy read that was impossible to put down; I finished it in five days and wait impatiently for the next installment, Sophomore Keystones.