March 20, 2012

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages: 288
Series: n/a
Review Source: eBook for review from author/publicist

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…

My Thoughts:
Omiword this book is funny. So, so funny. Like, it would be impossible to overestimate how many times this book made me giggle. As in when I was talking to my Mom I read some paragraphs aloud because they made me snicker so much, and when I was reading it during lunch at work I thought people would give me weird looks because I was literally laughing out loud. Kelsey is just so sarcastic and true to life. She's an adorable narrator who just seems like a real girl in grade nine, wanting to be mature and have new experiences, but still a bit naive about high school and the world.

I think this book contains a perfect combination of introspection, everyday life, family, friends, and a bit of romance. I could go on and on, but really I just think this is a great contemp novel. It has the balance of all those great aspects, and it's a perfect read to cheer you up because of the humour and how much fun it was to read. Definitely recommended.

The Cover:
It's cute, I really like the design.


Find Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin on Goodreads, Book Depository, & Amazon.


  1. You know, we've been seeing this book on a lot of blogs, but your review is the first that caught our attention. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts - we may have to pick this up. Realistic, funny contemporary is definitely in demand with us. :)

  2. I saw this one another blog, but I didn't realize that it was so funny. I know I don't have time for it now, but I think this is one that I would eventually like to get to.

  3. This one sounds adorable. I love books that make you laugh.

  4. That's great! I'm so happy you liked it as I got it on my tbr pile. I think I need to read something funny! Thanks for the review.

  5. The best reads are those where you feel compelled to share parts with people who haven't even read it. Even better if they get it outside of context. Sounds awesome.

  6. Sounds like a super cute book!

  7. In always up for a fun read. Will have to check this one out.


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