I had mentioned a while back that I was going to review some of my favorite books once a month. Last time I reviewed Jennifer DeLucy's Seers of Light, and this time we are going in a totally different direction with Nicki Elson's Three Daves.
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...
Being a child of the 80s, I absolutely got lost in this story. Nicki Elson transported me back to my high school days, and I had to go find some of the pictures of me with the big hair and the Izod with the collar flipped up!
Jen's journey to find who she is and what she wants out of life is something that we have all been through, and it was so easy to relate to her as a character. Her exploration of her own thoughts and feelings in everything from religion to music to sex are so genuine, that I couldn't help but feel a connection with her. Each of the men that she gets involved with help her to find that place in the world where she belongs and as a reader you are never sure who you want her to be with (okay maybe not David most of the time...but I TOTALLY would have choose him at one point in my life!!).
Nicki Elson's novel is so engaging and had me so involved that I read it in two days and ignored my family during that time (there is a pattern to my reading habits!). I loved her descriptive accounts of everything from the dance clubs of the era to the frat parties taking place in college. And the interaction of her characters is engaging and what make the story so enthralling.
So who would be your perfect match?? Are you Dave girl?? What about David?? Ohhh...or big D??
Me?? I would have gone with Big D, but probably fooled around with David a little on the side!! HAHA!! I have a thing for bad boys, what can I say??
Oh, and on a side note...I actually dated three different guys with the same name when I was in high school (all at different times...don't get me wrong!) and ended up marrying one of them! So this story works for me on so many levels!
Nicki's novel is available through Omnific Publishing in everything from Kindle to print copy (I have both!!) So put on your neon Flashdance sweatshirt and leggings and sit back and enjoy the 80's once again!
As an homage to Nicki's book, here are a few recent pictures that I found of myself in the 80's. Don't judge!! It was the 80's!! We all looked like this!