Title: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Diasters
Author: Meredith Zeitlin
Release Date: March 1, 2012
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…
I’m not one to read contemporary young adult fiction. It’s not my thing. However, the title caught my eye. It made me think of my own disastrous freshman year of high school and so I had to read it. I must say that it was way more fun to read than I thought it would be. I was laughing like crazy, earning some weird looks from my mom early this morning.
I read the book in one sitting, a testament to just how much I liked it. The main character, Kelsey, was so funny! I loved reading about her life, her friends, her parents, and all the crazy things that happened to her. When I was reading, I kept thinking back to when I was 14 (some 7 years ago) and I just loved how genuine the story was. I was impressed with the amount of knowledge that the author had about 14 year olds. There were so many things that I didn’t even remember young teens do and the things they deal with.
It was truly a joy reading about Kelsey’s boy troubles and the minor things that her mom did that seemed to cause blown out one-sided arguments. I loved it all. I’m so glad that I decided to read this book. If you are in high school, you will love this book. It’s so easy to relate to it. If you’re way past high school age, it’s still awesome and it will remind you of your own high school years. It was great and I’m so glad I read it.