Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me

by Meredith Zeitlin
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Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
I wanted a different ending to this book, I really wanted Zona to stay in Greece. At first, Zona came across as selfish. Her reluctance to want to learn more about her family really bothered me, and I loved her family in Greece. One of Zona's best friend's is gay, and I absolutely loved him, another character has an eating disorder (as I do not have an eating disorder, I am not going to speak about the representation). I could tell how well researched this book was, especially regarding the traditions of Greek Easter, being part Greek I really respected this. Overall I enjoyed this book and the format was different, some of the pages had newspaper clippings on them telling Zona's story from a different point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. And the snark is exactly the reason I love it! It's witty. It's truthful. It's high school!
Lvenge86 More than 1 year ago
So glad I got this. I ended up looking forward to my subway rides to and from work. And my daughter will love it to! 
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
The premise to Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me definitely holds potential for laugh-out-loud moments. After seeing the comparison to Anna and the French Kiss, I went and reread some of Anna. The tone of voice and situation of both girls seem similar, and I think that readers who enjoyed Anna may enjoy Sophomore Year as well. Zona's voice is snarky, rebellious, and a total teenager. A common voice in YA lit. The plus is that readers who like heroines along Zona's vein will be able to connect with her. That said, there is another side to this coin. Readers looking for a unique voice will find it a struggle to get past the first pages. While I loved Anna when it first came out, I've since read a lot of novels with the snarky voice, and I think that I wouldn't enjoy Anna as much if I tried to reread it. Now, there's nothing inherently wrong with snark. The problem is when the heroine is made of only snark; then her character remains one dimensional. Zona is one such character. Another element of Sophomore Year that caused the story to fall flat for me is that most of the story is told through dialogue and Zona's thoughts. While actions are mentioned, I couldn't see events play out. It just didn't feel like much attention was given to the going ons. Rather, the focus of the story is on what the characters say and what goes on in Zona's mind. Furthermore, the story is broken up by article clippings that contribute to Zona's story. This is a clever addition to the story because of Zona's (and her father's) interest in journaling. Personally, I didn't like it, but I'm generally not fond of newspaper talk. Aside: I think that it's pretty neat that Meredith's first novel was about freshman year while this second novel of hers is about sophomore year. Perhaps her third one will continue the high school story and be about a girl's junior year?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago