Three Daves

Three Daves

by Nicki Elson

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Overview

Jennifer Whitney was the last American virgin. At least that s what she felt like in 1986 as she began her sophomore year at Central Illinois University. She was proud of her decision to wait for the right guy, and yet she was getting restless. It seemed like everyone around her was doing it... and having fun doing it, too. She didn t want to become the campus slut or anything, but surely there was a difference between a trashy skank and a nice girl with a little experience. Perhaps it was time to stop relying on fate to guide her and instead take matters into her own hands. And with that realization, Jen decided to find the one and lose her virginity, although not necessarily in that order...
Nicki Elson has created a heroine that everyone will cheer for as she comes of age in the mid-1980s. Whether you lived through the decade and survived the bad hair and acid-wash jeans, or just heard the wild stories, readers of all ages will identify with Jen Whitney as she searches for the one, enjoying her romantic ups and downs, made even more entertaining by Nicki Elson s amusingly wry sense of humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936305100
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
File size: 495 KB

About the Author

Writing wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

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Three Daves 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the quick humor of this story. It brings you back to the evenings of those first romances and the excitement of just not knowing what could be next. Enjoy!
The_Reading_Housewives More than 1 year ago
I have been intrigued by this book since the first time I laid eyes on it! I was finally able to read it! Overall, Three Daves is a good read. It was nothing special to me personally. It was a "read it and forget about it" book for me. I was afraid during the first couple of chapters because reading from the Bible happened with a cute guy and we all know I 'm not a fan of religion in my books. But after that, no more religion.I was relieved. This along with every chapter ending with a Psalm almost had me setting this down. Trust me, this book isn't religious. We watch the main character grow and change during her college years through her relationships with three different men named David. She makes mistakes and she learns from them. She changing her outlook regarding sex and relationships towards the better. I almost forgot our story takes place in the 80's! Three Daves isn't overly 80's just enough to reminisce. How did we live without cell phones?!
A_Tale_of_Many_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Three Daves is the sweetest, tragic yet works out well, love story I have read since The Notebook. Elson has written characters that I adore and every twist, turn, change, growth, obstacle, and step they took I went right along with them. Having just finished reading, I have a sense of relief for the characters, goose bumps on my arms, and a smile on face. I want to point out that this book is not about Jen, the main character, becoming a slut, or everyone is sleeping with everyone else. This book actually offers some rather conservative views (as well as liberal) and entwines the religion of the characters into the story. Real life is rarely cut and dry. Being human and a Christian, people are always questioning. The young adult years are especially inquisitive while religious beliefs and being human are always waging a war with each other. This book isn't about religion either. Basically, it's finding love and discovering who you are in your early twenties. This is an adult book, although told through the point of view of young adults from 19-22 years old. The topic of sex, sexual scenes, and a few swear words are what keep this book in the adult genre. However, I think mature young adults would enjoy this book if they don't mind the references to the 1980's. The characters are well developed, all with their own issues and ways of handling them. College is a confusing time for most and Elson takes advantage of this to weave a great tale. The writing style flows with dialogue that is believable. I never once stopped myself thinking, "Who says that?", or "What? Where did that come from?" The flow and pace of the story kept me thoroughly engrossed. I lived in this world feeling like I was right there. Elson does a beautiful job of showing the reader what they need to know and see, while somehow guiding our feelings to match the character. When I read a book and think "seamless", then great writing and editing has taken place. I enjoyed this book having already gone through college and with some life experience under my belt. Some who read this may think the scenario that is the catalyst to introducing the plot is not plausible. Let me just tell you, it has happened, therefore is plausible. It may not be very common, but yup, it's very plausible. The roundabout way this story winds may not happen in real life as smoothly as in this book, but all the situations have occurred and I could probably put parts of this story together from people I have known in my life. Granted, although I REALLY liked the ending, it would take a special person to see this whole story through in real life. However, the growth of the characters and how Elson doesn't rush the story, I think Jen is just that special kind of person. When it is all said and done, do you turn your back on love and happiness for past mistakes? Or do you grab it by the horns and leave the past where it belongs? I appreciate how Elson has weaved plausible with fiction. After all, this is a work of a fiction written for our entertainment. I strongly recommend Three Daves for contemporary romance readers and anyone interested in a good love story. My only complaint is that this story is set in the late 1980's. I did not really enjoy picturing the acid washed clothes, hair styles, and make-up that accompanies that decade. I lived through it
ReadingWhileItRains on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three Daves is the journey of Jennifer Whitney through her college relationships, and she just happens to keep falling for guys named Dave. Jen really wants to keep her good girl reputation intact, but she also wants to gain a little experience, so she'll be ready when she meets "the one". So who's "the one", David, Dave, or Big D?This was such a fun story. All of the characters had their own unique personalities, so there was definitely no problem distinguishing between the Daves. I was rooting for Jen and David from the beginning. Even though I was a child of the '90s, and the story is set in the '80s, I still enjoyed the music, art, and movie references. I also loved the ending! Once I got going I couldn't put it down, definitely a good summer read!
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been intrigued by this book since the first time I laid eyes on it! I was finally able to read it!Overall, Three Daves is a good read. It was nothing special to me personally. It was a ¿read it and forget about it¿ book for me.I was afraid during the first couple of chapters because reading from the Bible happened with a cute guy and we all know I `m not a fan of religion in my books. But after that, no more religion¿I was relieved. This along with every chapter ending with a Psalm almost had me setting this down.Trust me, this book isn¿t religious. We watch the main character grow and change during her college years through her relationships with three different men named David. She makes mistakes and she learns from them. She changing her outlook regarding sex and relationships towards the better.I almost forgot our story takes place in the 80¿s! Three Daves isn¿t overly 80¿s just enough to reminisce. How did we live without cell phones?!
matamgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an okay book. I did have issues with how judgmental Jen was about other people's choices. I didn't really like her as a main character. However I liked the supporting characters so that helped. It did definitely bring back memories of college.
honeydew69862004 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three Daves is a story about this college girl Jen. She is a virgin but doesn't want to be a disappointment to her husband (once she finds the right guy). So she has her friend David give her some "classes" about sex. She ends up having three major relationships all with men named Dave. A little slow to get into and mostly unbeliveable in this day and age but a nice little love story.
silenceiseverything on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So, I'm not an 80s child. Although I was born in the 80s, it was so late in the game that it should really be considered the early, early 90s. So, I'm sure I missed some of the inside jokes in Three Daves that made people who actually really lived during the 80s think "Damn! I remember that. I so don't want to remember that!" But still, my imagination can do wonders so that little gripe about not actually having conscious thoughts in the 80s? Yeah it doesn't really bother me much (at least until I listen to all of the kick-ass 80s music on my iPod and think "Damn! Why couldn't I have been born in the 70s or at least early 80s, so that I could've experienced this kind of thing live?"). Now, the actual story Three Daves was okay. I mean, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it, either. Don't get me wrong, I found Jen's sexual awakening fascinating and I could totally relate to her me being a late bloomer myself. However, it's just that after the beginning (which was great!), I found myself kind of disliking Jen. Trust me, I'm not a prude, so it wasn't the sex thing at all. Mostly it's just that I tend to roll my eyes at the possessive girls since I'm the farthest thing away from that. Being possessive about your boyfriend is one thing. But being possessive about a friend that is not your boyfriend, that has a girlfriend, while you yourself have a boyfriend, is a bit jerky. And that really, really bothered me. Also some of the things Jen did (again not the sex, but rather the things she did with some guys while having an actual boyfriend) also annoyed me. She was also extremely judgemental and not really that good of a friend. One thing that I did love were the supporting characters. Sigh. Does it really get any better than friends like Maria, Kate, Chris, etc. They really made the story for me and were the farthest thing from one dimensional that can possibly be. And then you have the Three Daves. It would've been extremely easy for these guys to fall into their typical stereotypes. The best guy friend. The punk-rocker playboy. The adorable and all american boy next door. However, there were so many layers to unpeel with these guys that not once did I think "God, this has been used many times before. Nothing original at all". But the complete opposite. I didn't view them as caricatures, but rather actual human beings. I can picture them actually going to my college. Okay, so I didn't love Three Daves. But I did like it. Sure, Jen was annoying more often than not. But the other characters and the actual story more than made up for it. It was a bit on the predictable side, but since this is sort of a chick-lit staple, I'll give it a pass. It's an extremely quick page-turner (seriously, I would've read this in one sitting had my stupid body not needed sleep) and it was just an all-around cute, fluffy, novel. And it was superbly written. Definitely not a bad way to spend a summer day.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Talk about a flashback of memories. Three Daves starts off in 1986 as Jen is started her sophomore year. Personally, I was starting the 11th grade at that time so the music, bar scenes, mixed tapes, movies and the fashion of that time is all something I could relate to. I was extremely into music during my high school years and, without my parents knowledge, go to the local music venues where I would mix with the local college crowds. An interesting story. When it first started off and the whole David, religion, Bible and Psalms lessons were going on, I was really unsure where the story was going to lead. I was like, hmmm, I didn’t think this was a Christian Fiction novel. In all reality, it’s not. Get past all that, and skim past the Psalms at the end of each chapter, and you will find yourself wrapped in a coming of age book filled with honesty, curiosity, hurt and discovery. Jen starts out pretty wholesome and comes to a realization that there is something she really wants to know more about and finds a way to do so. An interesting story. When it first started off and the whole David, religion, Bible and Psalms lessons were going on, I was really unsure where the story was going to lead. I was like, hmmm, I didn’t think this was a Christian Fiction novel. In all reality, it’s not. Get past all that, and skim past the Psalms at the end of each chapter, and you will find yourself wrapped in a coming of age book filled with honesty, curiosity, hurt and discovery. Jen starts out pretty wholesome and comes to a realization that there is something she really wants to know more about and finds a way to do so.Now back to the whole religion bit. Please get past that point, this is NOT a religious book. This is NOT a chasity is the way to go book. When you are at that point the story has barely even started. You will be surprised where and how far the story takes you. I do suggest to the author that if she ever thinks of a rewrite, taking the Psalms out completely and toning down the religion lesson a bit. I have a feeling that she may have lost more than a few readers with the way that part was done. It started to feel like an after school special instead of a coming of age New Adult Contemporary Romance. I recommend this to anyone who likes to see a character evolve and likes the New Adult genre. I do not suggest this to anyone under the age of 17 due to the mature sexual content. Like the big hair, underground music, carefree feel of the 80s? This book is for you. For those of that generation, you will be having flashbacks of those times and finding yourself truly connecting with the characters, especially Jen. I'm feeling so nostalgic right now that I'm ready to dig out my own mixed tapes and rock the night away with the Ramones, Cure and more.
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