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Posted March 2, 2012
I would like it to be known that I was stepping outside of my comfort zone when I accepted 'Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters' by Meredith Zeitlin for review. I don't usually read contemporary/realistic fiction/or chick lit, but I tend to give a go at it once in a while for books who receive a lot of buzz or good reviews.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I think 'Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters' rubbed me the wrong way. Either from my excess amount of maternal hormones, a lack of common interest, or it was not in the stars for me and this book to get along. =)
The first time I tasted alcohol was when I was 18 and same goes about sex education, yes, I was pretty much sheltered which probably is majority of why I teeter on enjoying this book. It was like a big "WHOA!" reaction to read a 14 year old, namely Kelsey and her friends, to be drinking and talking about sex. I couldn't really enjoy her character because she was too obsessed and narrow minded on constantly thinking and talking about boys. Kelsey rambles on and complains too much in every scene. I couldn't really get hooked on anything, or find a common ground.
The Likes: There were two occasions where a passage had me in laughing stitches. Everyone enjoys a good laugh. If with the right audience the writing is true to life and elaborately detailed and can be entertaining. With all the drama and on getting to know kelsey, I feel like the ending wouldn't last, or the ending felt more like a consolation prize. Even though, the ending was likeable in a cliche kind of way.
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters was not my cup of tea, but don't let me spoil it for you because it might just be your brand! I'm more of a para-dystopian-fantasy java kind of chick.