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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Frannie, a pampered and innocent girl who has moved away from home to attend college in The Wake-Up Call by Joy Don Baker and Terri Goodman. Frannie is anxious when her father leaves her at Hadley Hall but she motivates herself by saying she can do this. She decides to check out the Student Union and she goes wandering about, peeking into the bookstore and glancing at students and families seated in the conversation areas. She meets Stephen Barton, a sophomore in Liberal Arts, who offers to show her around the place. She has problems with her roommate Robin Hart who does not approve of Frannie's relationship with Stephen. Her first sexual experience with Stephen leaves Frannie euphoric but things take an ugly turn during a confrontation with Stephen. Who supports Frannie during her struggles?
The Wake-Up Call is a story about friendship, and the mistakes students make while indulging in sex without protection while in college. Frannie and her Nurseketeers - Katie, Leslie, and Robin - are just like any students and friends that readers will come across in their lives and their problems and behaviors are relatable. The narration is detailed and descriptive, making the scenes vivid to readers. Frannie's wrong judgment when it came to Stephen and his intentions will be relatable to many students who have experienced what Frannie does. Her story is encouraging as it is about Frannie listening to the wake-up call and rising above the problems in her life. Frannie's dedication, commitment, and resolve to succeed are a good example for all students.