Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.
Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.
These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.
Annoyed, Chasity flung the door open and immediately wished she could slam it shut on the person standing in the threshold.
Brenda Parker stared at her daughter, and all of the old resentment welled up. So beautiful and young was Chasity, such a constant reminder that Brenda would never be as pretty or as successful as her sister Patrisha. How she hated them both, with their looks and their attitudes.
“What are you doing here?” Chasity frowned, confused. She was certain that she would never receive a phone call from her mother, let alone a visit.
“Are you going to let me come in?”
“Do I have to?” Chasity replied, her hand still fixed to the doorknob.
With a disgruntled huff, Brenda pushed past her daughter, and looked around.
“What the hell are you doing here?” Chasity repeated, stepping away from the door.
“I’ve come to deliver some news,” she replied with a tight, hard smile.
“This sounds like something that’s going to piss me off.”
“Good thinking. At least you’re not entirely stupid.”
This is what Chasity had to grow up with, constantly being put down and criticized. And Alex thought I was lucky. How funny.
“Hurry up and say what you have to say, and get out,” Chasity spat out.
Sidra paused, wondering why the door was half open and who the hell Chasity was talking to. She wasn’t talking to anyone these days, except her professors. Chasity had been so distant, Sidra almost wished for the old Chasity. She could deal with the hostile bitch, but not the Ice Queen. Well, judging from the sounds coming from inside, hostile Chasity was back, and this was one conversation Sidra was not about to interrupt. But she’d be damned if she wasn’t going to eavesdrop.
“Chasity, I just want you to know that I don’t want you to return to my house ever again. I’m putting you out,” Brenda announced with less emotion than she used ordering takeout.
The flat statement, so coldly delivered, shocked Chasity. She wasn’t planning on going back anyway, but to hear her mother declare her unwelcome at home hurt. Chasity was surprised to find that it actually hurt, that her mother could still inflict pain.
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About J.B. Vample
J.B. was born in Philadelphia, PA but has lived in California, Arizona and Maryland (while attending The University of Maryland Eastern Shore). Although she works as a Lead Time Entry Analyst, her first love is and has always been writing. She admits to having an over active imagination and to being a chronic day dreamer, both have helped with her writing. (She says that the scenes from her books play like a movie in her head). Aside from writing, she enjoys martial arts and reading.