Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

by Meredith Zeitlin

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Overview

Laugh-out-loud funny high school drama - perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Meg Cabot

Let's say you're fourteen and live in New York City. You'd think your life would be like a glamorous TV show, right? And yet . . . You don't have a checking account, much less a personal Black American Express card. You've never been to a club, and the only couture in your closet is a Halloween costume your mom made from an old laundry bag.

In other words? You're Kelsey Finkelstein - fourteen and frustrated. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled. Kelsey wants to rebrand herself for high school to make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny. But 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 and sardonic narration of her freshman year will have readers laughing out loud - while being thankful that they're not in her shoes, of course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101560501
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 918,188
File size: 939 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Meredith Zeitlin is a voiceover artist who has worked in commercials, film and television shows. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
IBlog__YouRead More than 1 year ago
I recommend Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disaster’s to anyone who wants a fun escape. I think readers will identify with Kelsey and find her delightfully different than the teen characters that are trying to save the world. Kelsey is just a girl trying to get through the freshman year that didn’t quite go as planned and will satisfy your funny bone.
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
I remember freshman year like it was yesterday. I thought that it was the beginning of something big. I had some of the greatest friends in the world and we were about embark on a pretty awesome time....well that is what we thought. What did we know we were freshman. My freshman year was not as bad as Kelsey's. She had it pretty bad. I can relate to her on somethings but not much. And I am okay with that. Kelsey is starting what she thinks is going to be one of the best years of her life. She is entering her freshman year with her best friends. This is going to be epic! But it turns out to be far from it. Everything that you can imagine that could be bad happened to her. From being mad fun of in the school newspaper, to having a the popular girl in school make fun of her. This could really make or break someone in high school. But also during this time she finds out who her true friends are and also she finds out that she is not the only one having a rough year. During my high school years you really find out who your true friends are. I thought that these friends are just going to be around until the friends you are going to be friends with for the rest of your life come around. Boy was I wrong. I am still best friends with the same girls that I have been friends with since freshman year. They understand me and they get everything that I am about. That is a true friendship and this is how Kelsey and her friends are. This book was so good that I could not put it down. Now I am not going to lie it took me awhile to read it just because my life has been crazy lately. But this book helped me laugh during the rough times I have been having lately in my laugh. And that is what makes a book great!
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life has not been quite as amazing, so far, as fourteen-year-old Kelsey Finkelstein would have liked. With the start of her freshman year of high school, however, Kelsey endeavors to change that. No longer will she let her parents, her annoying little sister, or the annoying quirks of life in general get in her away. Kelsey is thinking positively and has decided that this year is going to be a good one.As she, along with her best friends wild and crazy Jojo, theatrically inclined Cass, and the quiet and reserved (at least around everyone else) Em, start the new year it looks like things just might be taking a turn for the better - if not great. Kelsey's rival on the soccer team has moved cross-country, finally giving Kelsey a shot at standing out on the team - and possibly at the girl's former boyfriend.Quickly enough, though, it becomes clear that things aren't quite as sunny as Kelsey thought they were. An upperclassmen is ready to make Kelsey's quest for soccer stardom much more difficult than she imagined. And a pesky school newspaper photographer seems to be waiting around every corner, ready to capture unflattering photos of Kelsey.Will Kelsey's resolve be enough to make freshman year a great one or will the new school keep coming up with new trouble for Kelsey, her friends, and maybe even her friendships?Sometimes I'm wary of YA books with younger main characters because they can seem juvenile or harder for me to relate to than the older YA characters, I'm so happy I read this one (when asked), though. While Kelsey is just fourteen, Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters, does a great job of both making the characters seem their ages so that readers of the same or similar age can relate to them and it also reminds older readers of what it was like being that age (without coming across as someone older and wiser).Zeitlin's book reminded me a lot of ninth grade and the way you do have to feel certain things out - both with starting high school and also with the way friendships change.My freshman year was definitely not as dramatic as Kelsey's but I really enjoyed the way the girls' relationships with each other changed throughout the book and how different characters affected each of them (and their friendships, too). I thought it was really true to how things are at that age.While I do know that teens drink - ninth grade and younger, too - I wasn't a huge fan of all the drinking in Freshman Year. It was more of a personal thing, but I'm not sure it was all necessary (not everyone drinks -which true was shows, but sometimes it's nice to read a YA novel without it or with it downplayed).Meredith Zeitlin did a fantastic job , especially considering this is her first novel, capturing what a really tricky time in life (freshman year) is like extremely well and with incredible humor to boot*. Her characters were lovable and their friendship was great. Each of the girls is unique and has their own personality that shines through and though they're all different, you'd probably want to be friends with almost all of the girls in this book (with the exception of one and you'll know who after you read the book!).
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a fresh, fun and hilarious book. Kelsey Finkelstein, I wish I went to hight school with you! You made me laugh, yell, roll my eyes, and snicker at your antics and your dry wit. I know teenagers can be self centered, but sometimes you are a little over the top, nevertheless, I loved your story. You are a frustrating character- I loved you one minute and wanted to slap you the next!As a reader, I was able to identify with bits and pieces of each character. Meredith Zeitlin does an amazing job with the story. It's been quite a while since I was reading a book and yelling at the characters!Honestly, I hated high school. I have to say, it's been many, many years since I went through that unpleasant chapter of my life, but I think I may have enjoyed it if I'd had a buddy like Kelsey.This is a quick, easy read. I hope to read more about Kelsey and her trials and tribulations as she goes through life.
PaigeB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** So i got this book as part of DAC ARC Tours and it was really good. I wasn't sure what it was going to be like at first but i'm glad i ended up signing up because it was very entertaining. The characters and the plot i loved so much! and after reading this i can't wait to read more from the author! Now some of the characters really pissed me (One in particular) and some of them i just got a kick out of. My favorite kind of books are the ones where i'm able to laugh smile and feel sad at differen...moreSo i got this book as part of DAC ARC Tours and it was really good. I wasn't sure what it was going to be like at first but i'm glad i ended up signing up because it was very entertaining. The characters and the plot i loved so much! and after reading this i can't wait to read more from the author! Now some of the characters really pissed me (One in particular) and some of them i just got a kick out of. My favorite kind of books are the ones where i'm able to laugh smile and feel sad at different points and Meredith Zeitlin but that in this book beautifully. Part of me wishes i read this book last year because i was a freshman myself last year and for some reason i feel like i would of enjoyed the book that much more if i had. But don't get me wrong i'm not complaining! Kelsey was definitely a great character and i could picture her being a real person. You know how you read those books and you find a character and you just can't picture them ever living? Yeah that was definitely not the case in this book. Kelsey was definitely a person in my eyes. She was just starting High School, had a major crush on a popular guy, was bullied by some busy eye browed girl, and betrayed by one of her best friends. Sounds a lot like High School doesn't it? I loved all of Kelsey's friends they reminded me so much of mine. Even Cassidy reminded me of one of my old friends because something similar happened. It wasn't as bad but very similar. I love when you can relate your life a little to the book your reading its always cool. Em which was basically Kelsey's best friend was awesome she was always there for Kelsey even when she was dealing with her own problems. Jojo I really liked her i'm not sure if it's because she came out in the book but i just feel like she was awesome. I'm glad that she ended up coming out to her friends because nobody should have to hide something like that. You are who you are and if your friends and family don't accept that then they were crappy in the first place. Lexi when she came i was a tiny bit afraid because i didn't know if she was going to be just like her cousin or not but i'm so so glad that she wasn't because that would've been a nightmare. Lastly Cassidy, This girl was obviously the one i was taking about above. I liked her then i hated her then i liked her again. I was so angry when i found out she was dating Jordan. I mean come on now its girl code! You don't date the guy your best friend has been drooling over for years it's just not right. Then when she proceeded to say you can't call dibbs on a guy? You most certainly can! Haha i just thought i might add that. But in the end i'mm glad they became friends again. Now the boys i know it's sort of a sticky subject first there's of course Jordan the douche. Which i knew they weren't going to be together in the first place which is why i wasn't surprised when he ended up with Cassidy. Next up Keith he seemed like a sweet guy and when he kissed Kelsey at the concert and she stopped him and basically called him out on not knowing how to kiss i felt so so bad for him! Sam? Yuck i felt bad for Kelsey on that one. Josh isn't even worth talking about and then theres Ben. When he first came into the picture i just had this feeling that it was going to be them two together i mean who cares if he's two years older they were sweet together and they flirted like crazy so they obviously liked each other and thats all that matters
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My freshmen year in high school....I can totally relate to every aspect of this book. A new girl, starting at a new school, friends and of course boy drama. I really like the feel of this book. It took to my heart right away and I could not put it down.What I enjoyed most about this book is the great characters. Kelsey is a freshmen. Bent on setting a name for herself, Kelsey is determine to do things a certain way. I loved Kelsey. She reminded me of me when I was young. Over dramatic, heart-broken , embarrassing moments, anyone can relate to this girl. I loved that Kelsey feels real. She's not perfect. She just a girl in this world trying desperately to find her place.I really loved the plot line. It was simple yet a wonderful journey to walk in. To see Kelsey grow with every mistake made her such a better person. Yes, she got all teenageary and cried, got attitude, but who wouldn't? I like that her character feels real. She captured the voice a teenage girl beautifully.Freshmen Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is a cute coming of age book. Ms. Zeitlin has a way of writing everyday situations that everyone can relate to and enjoy.
TValeros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.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.
AmieG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 (summary courtesy of Goodreads).Kelsey just really wants her first year of high school to be the year; the year she shines on the soccer team, the year her crush finally realizes she¿s alive and the year that everything will change for the better. She is determined to make her dreams come true. But first she has to contend with her mom¿well-meaning but clueless and constantly embarrassing, a junior who seems to have put Kelsey at the top of her ¿people I love to hate¿ list, a newspaper photographer with a knack for taking the wrong picture and the changing dynamics of her long-time group of friends. Maneuvering her way through the first year of high school may be more difficult than Kelsey ever imagined. Once in a while, a book comes along that makes you smile and leaves you with a good feeling deep in your soul. Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters is that book. I fell in love with this book almost immediately. Kelsey Finkelstein is the perfect teenager; she is bitingly sarcastic, funny and absolutely convinced that everything is about her. Zeitlin is able to completely grasp the concept of an awkward teenager making her way in the world and she accurately portrays exactly what a fourteen-year-old high school student is thinking and feeling. Because of Zeitlin¿s outstanding writing, the reader can practically hear what Kelsey¿s mom refers to as ¿Typical Adolescent Behavior¿ coming through the pages. It¿s been awhile since a book actually made me laugh out loud, but Freshman Year did just that. I am pretty sure the lady in the car next to me who saw me laughing hysterically while I waited for my son to get out of school thought I had recently escaped the insane asylum. No, that was just me enjoying the heck out of this book! Kelsey Finkelstein just might be my new hero. She spouts some of the best one-liners I¿ve ever read. Two of my favorites: ¿Well, isn¿t that the cherry on my sundae¿ and ¿Goody gumdrops. Pardon my elbows as I shove to the front of the line for that choice opportunity.¿ Kelsey is perhaps one of the most dynamic characters I¿ve read in a long time in a young adult novel. She actually learns from her mistakes and obviously grows as a person throughout the course of the novel. She¿s not stagnant and unchanging; she makes mistakes, figures out what she did wrong and tries to make it better. The dynamic of Kelsey¿s group of friends, Em, Cass and JoJo, is also played out very well. Zeitlin manages to show the reader what a real group of girls in high school is like as friends. They argue, they disagree and they sometimes do stupid things to each other, but in the end, the real friendships shine through.Perhaps my favorite thing about this book is that Zeitlin doesn¿t pull any punches or try to sugar-coat the high school experience. Guess what? Sometimes crappy things happen to good people who have the best intentions. Sometimes things work out for the best and sometimes they don¿t. Life isn¿t an episode of iCarly or Victorious, it¿s not always fixed in half an hour. Zeitlin gives the reader a chance to
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Do Not, I repeat, Do Not drink or eat while reading this book. You are subject to snorting your beverage out of your nose or needing the Heimlich maneuver. This is a laugh out loud, rolling on the floor, pee in your pants funny book. For those of you that worry about what others will think of you if you laugh in public, read it at home. I was literally choking and crying I was laughing so hard. So you've been warned.Now that that's done, this is a hard review to write. I want to tell all the funny parts! But I won't do that to you or Kelsey. Kelsey's plan for freshman year is to be the new best Kelsey she can be. She's finally going to be left wing on the JV soccer team. She's going to get a boyfriend, not Keith Mayhew, the guy that's been following her around forever. She's going after Jordan Rothman, her crush "since birth." Of course, she does have to worry about his girlfriend of three years, the same girl that always beats her out at the position of left wing, but good things happen on the first day of school, this same girl Jemma, the bane of every girl's existence has moved!! To Arizona! So things are looking up, sort of. Except Kelsey might have ticked off the wrong girl at tryouts. And Jemma's cousin moves to town! And these unflattering pictures of her keep showing up in the school paper. But through all this, she has her besties, Em, Cassidy, and JoJo. Maybe.Kelsey's voice tells the story and her voice is strong and sarcastic and trying to figure things out. She is the best teen voice I've read. She reasons things out, she's strong, she takes the bad things, looks at them and then tries her best to take them with a grain of salt. Even the most mortifying things. She's always able to laugh at herself. Even at the worst of times. And the ability to laugh at herself gets her through a really tough year. From being kicked in the back, to being stabbed in the back, Kelsey uses her friends to help her and her sense of humor to handle everything thrown at her. Kelsey also has a mom and dad that are present in her life. Her mom especially who is up on the Typical Adolescent Behavior and is always passing her behavior off as such. But she's super supportive of her kids and when Kelsey needs her, her mom is there for her. Still makes her do her chores, but listens when she needs someone to cry to and unload on. And she has a little sister who is typical as a little sister, annoying and always busting in the door when her friends are there in her room. (Probably read her diary, too!)The writing is witty and has a lot of dialogue. Good dialogue. Whether it's internal or out loud, it's crisp and laced with attitude. The chapters flow together and the book is spread out over the school year. I like that not too much time was spent on any one part of the year. I absolutely connected with Kelsey. I was experiencing every trauma and triumph with her. I was thinking right along with her trying to figure things out. I am so hoping that this is going to be a series because this was such a great book! It has something a little extra that a lot of books in this genre don't. It hits on the peer pressure and what girls think all the other girls think other girls are doing. Kelsey gets into a difficult situation and she's afraid of being the only girl in her grade not doing what the other girls are doing. There are really good lessons about all of that in the novel, but it doesn't feel like a lesson at all.Okay so if I had a rating system, I'd give it a ten. The writing is easy and fun. The main character is well developed and she knows what to expect from each friend. The secondary characters might have been developed a little more, but really, they were perfect just as they were. The plot was unique. I mean, the play scene, I could not have imagined it if I had tried! The dialogue was engaging and fun. I wouldn't change a thing in the novel.This is for the freshman and up as it does mention sex and there is teen drinking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and wonderfully written! :)
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Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Are you looking to add a little hilarity to your life? Then run to the bookstore and pick up Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters because it will have you LOL-ing like there’s no tomorrow. I mean, I was sitting all alone, laughing uncontrollably at certain points. Kelsey Finkelstein’s sense of humor and the crazy things that happen to her will make you laugh like that. Most of us remember what our freshman year of high school was like: overwhelming, exciting, and a time to start over and reinvent ourselves. That’s what Kelsey wants to do, but her big plan to make her mark at high school spirals out of control. Bad things ensue and Kelsey winds up hating her life on the soccer team, fighting with one of her besties, and being crazy over all the wrong boys. The wonderful thing about Meredith Zeitlin’s writing is that it’s honest. Kelsey’s voice screams I AM A TEENAGE GIRL. *Note: big, bold letters were absolutely necessary* She’s funny and blunt and sarcastic. She gets overly frustrated with her mom, is boy-crazy, and completely oblivious to some way obvious things. But that’s the thing about teenagers – they act exactly like that. Every emotion is heightened and every experience is 1000x more emotional than it really is. Zeitlin gets that and writes that incredibly well. The supporting characters all feel real too. Em, JoJo, Cass, Lexi, even the evil Julie Nelson all have personality. It’s quite easy to get caught up in the lives of these kids and find yourself spending a few hours flying through the book, unable to put it down. I know I did. Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is fun, fresh, and full of delightfully witty humor. It’s the perfect read for any day and something anyone who has gone to high school can relate to. Meredith Zeitlin took me by surprise and will surely be an author to look out for in the future!
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BookStacksOnDeck More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this! Kelsey is about to start high school as a freshman and she's hoping to stand out and make it her year. She has big hopes on getting a good position on the school's soccer team and maybe going for that guy she's been crushing on forever. Of course, things don't always go as planned, but especially not in Kelsey's case... a lot of the time. Kelsey and her three best friends - Em, JoJo, and Cass - are hilarious! I loved the banter between them all and Kelsey's train of thought as the narrator had me laughing my ass off. Even the short interactions with her annoying little sister were cracking me up. I loved Kelsey's sarcasm, neurosis, and resiliency. It was super-easy to relate to her. I also loved JoJo who was quick-witted, funny, and easy-going. I kinda wished I was part of the BFF crew! I loved the awkward situations and seeing how Kelsey was going to bounce back from them. Definitely go pick up a copy of this book! You'll love it.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
The story around Kelsey Finkelstein is obviously set in high-school, a beloved scenery of mine. And just like other high-school stories FRESHMAN YEAR & OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS has the enormous conflict potential of a bunch of growing up, hormonal kids. It’s just like in real life, because Kelsey expects her new school year to be epic and what does she get? An epic fail! There are a few very funny things happening to Kelsey and I totally felt with her. The chase after her crush keeps her mind occupied and Meredith Zeitlin doesn’t make it that easy for her to find Mr. Right. I would have wished for a profound romance between Kelsey and Mr. Right as I call him, but there simply wasn’t enough time for one to develop, because the story concentrates on the failures of Kelsey’s freshman year in the first place. One of Kelsey’s goals is to score her preferred position on the soccer team and I can tell you that much... it won’t be easy for her to play a successful season. Some people in the story are exactly who you think they are, others are not. Many moments of FRESHMAN YEAR & OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS are about the bonds of friendship between the four girls, Kelsey, Cassidy, JoJo and Emily. All four are very different characters and throughout the story we learn more about Kelsey’s friends and their lives, too. FRESHMAN YEAR & OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS is about first experiences in love and sex for all of them. Of course there needs to be a family that Kelsey is embarrassed and annoyed of. They dare to ruin her social life in school and even her private life thanks to hideous outfit suggestions and a little star of a sister. This story is about lessons to learn and Kelsey’s really doing a good job to keep up with every social obstacle thrown in her way. Get into Kelsey’s head, she’s fun! THE VERDICT I give it 3,5/5 stars. The story offers typical freshman year elements like a prom, a school play, high-school parties, annoying siblings, a bubbling mix of teenage hormones and the crazy incidents resulting from them. And the story is totally riddled with these hilarious, embarrassing, pitiful incidents. I was entertained, but I didn’t feel a very deep connection to the characters. I think there should be a sequel to Kelsey’s story so we could get to know the characters some more and be part of a more detailed view on the blooming romances.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Oh Kelsey, Kelsey, Kelsey. Try as she might to make these great plans about her freshman year of high school, she just keeps getting knocked down again and again. Just when she thinks one thing is pulling through, pffft there is goes down the drain. However, this story is a great reminder that when you are so focused on one thing, the thing that’s staring you in the face can often be overlooked. This story has the best relationships and at times the worst betrayals, but it is definitely about friendship and making it through everything together…eventually. The moments that Kelsey is clueless have a great payoff in the end and there was a bit of a twist to the story that I never expected. Kudos to Zeitlin for that bit, it made me a very happy reader. This story is full of laughs and some heartbreak for Kelsey and I think that everyone can relate to some part of her life. And the things that I can’t relate to are ones that I am grateful for. This would make a great read for anyone entering (or in) high school and anyone that still remembers what it was like to be thrown into that foreign land! Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
My freshmen year in high school....I can totally relate to every aspect of this book. A new girl, starting at a new school, friends and of course boy drama. I really like the feel of this book. It took to my heart right away and I could not put it down. What I enjoyed most about this book is the great characters. Kelsey is a freshmen. Bent on setting a name for herself, Kelsey is determine to do things a certain way. I loved Kelsey. She reminded me of me when I was young. Over dramatic, heart-broken , embarrassing moments, anyone can relate to this girl. I loved that Kelsey feels real. She's not perfect. She just a girl in this world trying desperately to find her place. I really loved the plot line. It was simple yet a wonderful journey to walk in. To see Kelsey grow with every mistake made her such a better person. Yes, she got all teenageary and cried, got attitude, but who wouldn't? I like that her character feels real. She captured the voice a teenage girl beautifully. Freshmen Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is a cute coming of age book. Ms. Zeitlin has a way of writing everyday situations that everyone can relate to and enjoy.
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
thereaderbee More than 1 year ago
In Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters, we follow new Freshman Kelsey Finkelstein through her first year of high school. All Kelsey wants is to make her mark and to have a really great first year. Unfortunately for Kelsey, things do not work out exactly as she has planned them to. I really love Kelsey’s character. She kept me in stitches with all the mishaps that happen on her first year of high school. I can totally sympathize with her on some of the things that happened; as I definitely remember my freshman year all too well. Her best friends; Cass, JoJo and Em were all wonderfully well thought out characters as well! I really enjoyed the relationships that these four girls had. All of the ‘disasters’ that poor Kelsey went through definitely make the book a hilarious read. From her first kiss, to being back-stabbed by her best friend over a boy, to a school play gone wrong; it all adds up to some really funny situations. Add in some pretty emotional teenage drama, a great storyline and it all comes together into a really fun read. The only part in the book that I had an issue with was all the underage drinking. Call me a prude, but I am not a fan of drinking at all. And being a mom of a 13 year old, I would definitely not want my daughter drinking at that age. I understand that all kids experiment, and that’s ok, but I just felt that it went a little overboard. I do, however, think that the author sent out a good message about the other issues that teen’s face; sex, drugs, homosexuality, etc. (Please keep in mind that this is just me, and I know many people will not feel this way!) Overall, this book is definitely one of the funniest books I’ve read so far this year. The teenage drama and the fun characters definitely kept me hooked. I am definitely looking forward to reading more work by this author in the future. This really was a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next year haha XD
ramon15 More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I just finished freshman year. So I was like a book about freshman year I have to read it so I got it.