Tue, February 28, 2012

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin Review

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin book cover

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
By Meredith Zeitlin

Publication date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Source: Publisher

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…

— Goodreads.com description

I finished this delightful book in one sitting, literally LOLing and enjoying every bit of it.

This is one of those books that highlights REAL teen problems – I don’t mean to say that drug use and abuse and all sorts of other things aren’t “real” and aren’t important to read about.

I just mean to say that beyond all those serious issues and all the fairies and vampires and whatnot, there’s books like this that show a 14-year-old girl freaking out over clothes and bad first kisses and vicious fights with her friends. And that is something I can definitely relate to.

SO REALISTIC. So funny. I think you guys will like this one, particular fans of the Ruby Oliver books or the TV show “Awkward.”*



*Which reminds me: Why aren’t we all talking about how great this show is!? I think the lead actress might be my new favorite imaginary Jessica Darling. THIS IS HOW MUCH I ENJOY HER.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: friendship, humor, meredith zeitlin


  1. Anna said:

    AHAHAHAHAH AWKWARD!!!!! Omg I never even THOUGHT about that show while reading this book but now I see it!!!! This book was freaking HILARIOUS! 😀


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  2. jen said:

    aww i’m glad this one turned out to be a good one. i have it, but haven’t read it yet. yay for JD potential actresses!


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  3. Jennifer aka YA Book Nerd said:

    I can’t wait to read this one – it looks so good! Happy that you liked it too.


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  4. kit said:

    This sounds like a great book, I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it here! Glad you enjoyed it.


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  5. Heidi said:

    Yay for real team problems! Like you said, the other stuff is important too, but it’s always refreshing to see something every kid could relate to, not just the ones who’ve been touched inappropriately or something like that. Also I really need to see Awkward already! Kinda waiting till I read Awkward…and hoping it’s on Netflix on demand. I’m reading my FIRST Jessica Darling book for book club this month!


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