Giant Days Volume 1 by John Allison

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Title: Giant Days Volume 1


Series: Giant Days #1

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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

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What happened in Giant Days Volume 1?

  • Susan, Esther, and Daisy are housemates in their new university dorms. They’ve all got various bits and pieces going on. 
  • Esther brings drama wherever she goes. She makes a deal with Susan – no drama in exchange for back rubs.
  • Susan bumps into an old friend from secondary school, McGraw. She’s hesitant to tell the others the history there so we have to wait to learn more.
  • Daisy admits that she’s addicted to napkin folding videos and Susan reassures her that it’s just ASMR.
  • Everyone catches the Freshers’ Flu.
  • Daisy takes Polish cold medicine and it sends her a bit loopy. Ed probably should have kept those to herself.
  • Esther’s fever seems to be the worst and she starts hallucinating. She crashes a fancy wine and cheese party and upsets the hosts.
  • Esther, now feeling better, goes out for the night. Her photo is added to a list of “Hottest Freshers” on a gross lads’ website which is run by third year students.
  • Esther goes to speak to the faculty but the old man doesn’t understand how terrible this is. 
  • Susan gets revenge for her housemate by calling the boys’ mothers, who drag them away.
  • Susan also prints a photo of McGraw and takes the mick out of him for being a Femmist. This goes somewhat viral and Susan starts to feel bad.
  • Daisy turns 18!
  • Daisy goes out clubbing with her new friend, Erin. Erin gives Daisy pills, which Daisy enjoys, until her grandmother arrives the following morning for brunch.
  • Daisy asks Erin out, but Erin isn’t interested. Esther has a mild word with Erin, who simply says she’s not into Daisy that way, which is fair enough.
  • We finally learn what happened between Susan and McGraw! They used to be best friends, and then Susan asked McGraw out and he rejected her. Then he started dating someone else very soon after.
  • They all plan to go to the Holiday Ball, and that’s where the first volume ends up.

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