Feb 29, 2012

Review - Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
March 1st, 2012 from G.P. Putnam's Sons

Freshman year will be the start of something new for Kelsey Finklestein. She is determined to make her mark and get herself noticed. Try out for the school musical, grab a starting spot on the soccer team, nail down the cutest boy in her class, whatever it takes...Kelsey is going for it! Within just a few days into the new school year, Kelsey has gotten some attention, all right. Only, not in a good way! She is the target of a scary (and quite large) soccer team captain and gets a lot of neg publicity from the school newspaper. Why is her picture always plastered on the front page when she is looking her worst? She decides to take the bull by the horns and find out who keeps snapping bad photos of her. Just as soon as she tracks down The Crush and gets fitted with a fat suit and beard? Wait, what?

I must say, I really loved this story! At the time I read FRESHMAN YEAR, I was looking for a light and easy peasy read. Not every book needs to be packed with vital life lessons or tearful realizations about life. Sometimes, a classic tale of teen angst is on the menu. Kelsey's humor is right up my alley. She has a smart tongue and a sarcastic edge that I totally appreciate. Kelsey isn't whiny or have this continuous "poor me" attitude about all of her mishaps. She takes it all in stride and does her best to right any situation.

The relationship between Kelsey and her mother was the icing on the cake! I literally laughed out loud when those two but heads. They have a constant tug-of-war going on and neither one comes off looking dumb and degraded. Just hilarious dialogue between a mother that reads into everything, and a girl that just needs some space. I can totally relate. I was a teenager back in the black and white days and I have a 16-year-old now. I swear some of those scenes came from right here in my house.

When you're talking about girls in high school, you know there are boys in the picture. Kelsey has had the hots for the same boy since she came out of her mother's womb. Now that his too-perfect ex is out of the picture, Kelsey pounces on the opportunity. Like everything else in Kelsey's life, that doesn't exactly go according to plan. Friendships are more than tested and the claws come out. Kelsey has a pretty cool crew made up of three best friends. They all have very distinct personalities and voice. When The Crush comes in between the two friends, the other girls stay neutral. Each girl stays friends with opposing sides and refuses to pit people against one another. Well isn't that refreshing! Maybe there is a little lesson in this book afterall.

A perfect sarcasmatic book packed full of laughs and mishaps! Definite must read!

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17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book - adding it to my list!

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  2. We are review twins today :) This one was so much fun!

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  3. Totally agree! I absolutely adored this book! Sometimes teen angst is annoying, this book was just plain FUNNY!

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  4. You're right it's a light fun read and I really enjoyed it :)

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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  5. This is going to be a gas to read! Thanks for the review.

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  6. Sounds like a great read, can't wait to pick it up!

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  7. This book sounds great! I'm thrilled that this book doesn't involve a whinny main character. Looking forward to reading this!!

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  8. OMG, after that review, I'm making sure I read this one. I love sarcasm....a lot. This sounds bloody brilliant!

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  9. You make this sound so great! I'm really excited to read this one. I love funny, sarcastic books, so this sounds like something I'll love. :) Great review!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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  10. I'll love this one, hope i can read it soon.

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  11. Sounds like a great read :) It's already on my list ;)

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  12. I'm starting Freshman next school year, and I'm kinda wondering about this book...;)

    -Maddi

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  13. This book sounds fantastic! Great review! Can't wait to read it!

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  14. sounds like a great read. I hope I win so I can read it right away. Otherwise I have to wait because my husband has banned me from buying books until I've read all the ones in my TBR list, including the ones on my kindle...it may have to be snuck into the house

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  15. My relationship with my daughters sound like the back-and-forth one that Kelsey and her mom have. I know we would all like to get a few laughs at the ones in this book. Thanks for the chance to win this!

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  16. Great review!! I love the premise of it! also the trailer looks SO CUTE! :D

    - juhina

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  17. This book sounds fantastic! Great review

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