We Were Here
Synopsis:In the 90s …
texting involved paper and a pen …
… our selfies were Polaroids ...
… our favorite music was on mix tapes.
Sex was dangerous, music was raw, and falling in love felt nostalgic.
We were friends and lovers.
We thought we knew everything.
We knew nothing.
We were here.
Set in the early 1990s, a time before the internet, social media, and smart phones, We Were Here is the prequel to Geoducks Are For Lovers. This book can be read as a standalone.
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An Excerpt from We Were Here
Maggie, Freshmen year
After being quizzed about the Dewey Decimal system, and failing, I returned to my room in shame. At this rate, if I wanted to work on campus, I’d be washing dishes in the dining hall. Nothing could be grosser than the used food and unclean dishes of thousands of college students. I gagged at the thought as I opened our door.
Inside, Jennifer—my perfectly nice and perfectly normal roommate—was straddling a guy on my desk chair, making out.
She might have been trying to eat his face. I couldn’t really tell in the two seconds I stared at them before clamping my eyes shut. I know I spied her tongue. Outside of her mouth. All I could see of him were his dark hair, long legs, and brown Wallabee boots.
Panicked about interrupting something, and simultaneously feeling like a prude, I backed my way through the open door. After it quietly clicked close, I pressed my head against the cool metal.
I could go back to the library, except I left there ten minutes ago. The dorm lounge was an option, but this time of day meant it would be filled with some random club. I couldn’t remember if Thursday’s meeting was German Lovers or Save the Geoducks—our school mascot. Neither appealed to me.
I stared harder at the painted metal, wishing the make-out session on the other side would end sooner rather than later.
“Are you locked out?” The blond guy from down the hall rested his head on the bulletin board next to my room. “Or are you praying?”
Pressing my cheek on the door, I twisted to see him more clearly.
“It’s okay if you are. Pray if you’ve got to.”
“I’m not. Just thinking.”
A loud moan sounded from inside the room. “Oh, oh, oh God.”
“Sounds like someone in there is praying.” His lips curled into a smile. “You might want to step away, lest someone think you’re a pervert for eavesdropping.”
I jumped away from the door. “I wasn’t listening!”
Chuckling, he held up his hands in defense. “Not judging you. Praying and voyeurism both have their places, usually in Madonna videos.”
Another not so soft groan carried from my room. I took a step farther away. My favorite black on black Swatch showed the time as four o’clock. Too early to go to dinner. Looks like I’ll be going to the lounge after all.
“You want to come hang out in my room until they finish whatever they’re doing in there?” His offer sounded genuine and his smile was more than friendly. He gestured over his shoulder to the open door across the hall and down a few rooms. “I can promise you my roommate isn’t in there making out with anyone. We should be safe.”
I love a book that takes me back to my youth and makes me feel all nostalgic <3 WWH takes place on a college campus…in the 90’s. I went to college…in the 90’s. It was a time before smart phones, iPods, social media and all of the things that consume today’s youth. We didn’t tweet or Facebook, we hung out with each other and talked, listened to music, watched movies. I felt like I had been dropped right back into Newman Hall with all of my college friends. I could picture myself in my favorite overalls, with a white baby tee and a flannel shirt tied around my waist. My big hair and mall bangs teased and jacked up to Jesus! Maybe I’d be hanging out with all of my friends in someone’s dorm room watching 90210 and Melrose Place…ahhh….the memories! Ok, now back to the review.
We Were Here is about a group of close friends and gives us a snapshot of some of their most significant college memories. It is written from several point of views and really gives the reader some insight into each of their thoughts which was kind of fun and different. How many times have you wished you could get into a character’s head and know what they were thinking? Well…in WWH you don’t have to wonder because you get a little bit of everyone:)
There are almost too many characters to list but my favs were definitely Gil, Maggie and Selah. I can never resist friends to lovers and a good student/teacher romance. Gil and Maggie forged this great friendship and it was fun to watch them flirt and become closer before finally giving into temptation. Selah is the ultimate good “bad” girl and I loved her tenacity and how she went after exactly what she wanted. Luckily for me, what she wanted was her super hot/somewhat nerdy Biology of Human Sexuality professor, Dr. Jason Vincent. I thoroughly enjoyed their illicit banter and the push and pull of their attraction for each other. I also have to give honorable mention to Quinn, everyone’s favorite, funny gay friend. As well as Ben and Jo, the serious couple and the mom/dad figures of the group.
I think the hardest part of WWH was that we just got a little taste of everyone. I found myself wanting more…which is always a good thing! I was thrilled to find out there is a book solely devoted to Maggie and Gil and can’t wait to read more about their relationship because we were kind of left hanging on that one. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories and all of the nostalgia that triggered fond memories. The 90’s were a great time for me and I love Daisy Prescott for allowing me to vicariously relive my glory years through her characters. Think I’m gonna go put on some Nirvana now and maybe write something angsty in my journal. I give When We Were Here 3.5 solid stars and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read with great memories!