Troubador The University Student

Released: 28/10/2020

ISBN: 9781838592837

eISBN: 9781838598280

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The University Student

Melina’s Diary


It’s September and the university halls are buzzing with fresh faces and excitement for the year ahead. Not for Melina Xydakis, new to Scotland, new to the university, and new to the situation of being a child of divorce. For the past three years in Greece, Melina has had to watch her parents struggle to save their marriage. Now she’s here for a fresh start, though the prospect of dealing with the unfamiliar university environment and finding new friends fills her with dread. She decides to focus her nerves in a diary, filling the pages with her experiences. An extrovert she is not. 

Not like Miranda, the beautiful and lively girl she meets in the same residence hall, or Liz, her next-door neighbour who is wild and outspoken. Nor too like Sean. For Melina, there is nobody like Sean, whom she notices in the first few days of term. And although Sean and Miranda get together, Melina’s romantic heart yearns for him to notice her, even when Miranda warns her his light surface hides dark depths. As those closest to her play out their own dramas, except for Kevin, a new friend, who remains steadfast through it all, Melina is consumed with finding out Sean’s secret. But will it ruin everything? 

I liked how the story is being told through Melina's journal entries. I am so used to reading the play by play of direct events, so for once to have the events being told through one's personal journal entries was quite intriguing. Definitely made the book unique from other romances I have read. Also, being a university student too, I was able to relate to many of the characters when it came to the struggles with school, identity, and fitting in. I felt like I was able to connect with the characters on a deeper level, since I am of a similar age dealing with similar things. Also, I was always rooting for Kevin right from the start, so I was really happy that Melina finally came to her senses about who is really going to be there for her, and got out of the infatuated relationship she was in. A wonderful read!

by NetGalley review

Feeling like you don't fit in at University is a fairly normal thing, but feeling like you don't want to fit in might be even worse. Following Melina through her dairy entries, we discover a girl who is yearning for something more, something else, family, a life, a connection somewhere else. I thought the story was really interesting but I had a hard time connecting to university student Melina. She often felt pretentious, too old for her words, and frankly unlikable. This could be because we're only seeing the story from Melina's eyes and how she sees herself. It also felt like this was a novel from translation that could do with a little more warming up. Overall I thought it was an interesting way to tell this coming of age story and would definitely read more from Maran.

by NetGalley review

A quick and easy read that I found myself picking up after a long day to unwind. The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer.

by NetGalley review

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