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7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes (Gert Garibaldi's Rants and Raves #2)

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Okay, so here's the deal: there are books about volcanoes erupting and meteorites hitting Earth and plane crashes where the survivors have to eat people—those are extraordinary crises.

That's not what this book is about. I'm more the ordinary catastrophe type. This second semester of my sophomore year, there are basically 7 KINDS OF ORDINARY CATASTROPHES: high school, boys
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Hardcover, 295 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Posted on: http://bookpassionforlife.blogspot.com/

7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes is written by author Amber Kizer. I've been a massive fan of Amber's work since I read Meridian and 7 Kinds did not disappoint.

This story follows Gert, a sixteen year old girl who narrates her day to day problems of her life and.... boy, does she have a few problems.

To be honest before I started this book, I hadn't even heard of it. I don't know why I've never heard of it because its a MUST read for the summer o
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AtenRa
Mar 18, 2011 AtenRa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't think of a single reason why this book is not been talked about and reviewed throughout the blogoverse, therefore falling off the radar. I truly believe that 7 Kinds... is a hidden gem that everyone has to discover and sink their teeth into!

7 Kinds... is about a 16 year old, Gert, who narrates the everyday problems of her teenage life, all the while trying to make some sense out of the craziness that is boys, friends and family.
I found myself relating to Gert on many occasions. Not so mu
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VampireAngelSadist
May 21, 2012 VampireAngelSadist rated it it was amazing
Holy. Shit.
This book was fricking amazing, possibly the funniest I've read all year. i was probably high for the beginning of the book, because I have no idea how I found it boring. From Gert's (Yes the main character's name is Gert. Amazing right?) witty comments to interesting opinions, I was just hooked. She was funny and thoughtful and everything I think a protagonist should have. She wasn't a Mary Sue, Gert had doubts about herself and others, she cared about her friends and was basically,
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Tracy
Jul 14, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing
After reading One Butt Cheek at a Time I was instantly hooked as a Gert Garibaldi fan. I often tell people that Gert could be to today's generation of girls what Margaret (from Judy Blume's famous tale) was to my generation.

I believe this to be even more true having read the latest installment and I think every teenage girl struggling with all that teenagedom throws at you, should read.

From the simple everyday things like Mom's terrible cooking and how you feel when your best friend spends more
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Kat
Mar 04, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc, 2011

Gert is probably the first to admit that she's a bit of a spaz. Maybe that's why I could relate to her so well? Her narrative voice is super quirky and hilarious and she likes to go on semi-wild tangents which usually had me giggling. I brought it with me to the beach and it was a perfect, lighter beach read. I kept interrupting my friends to read parts of it which is usually the sign of a good book.

My favourite parts of the book were things that I never thought I'd like hearing about - soccer
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Jenny W.
Dec 13, 2012 Jenny W. rated it really liked it
Seven Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes
By: Amber Kizer
Realistic Fiction
304 Pages

Are there times where everything just seems so messed up? Well welcome to Gert's life. Gert is like any other teenage girl. She faces many problems and has to overcome them. Some are not as big of a deal but others just seem hopeless. Adding to Gert's list of problems, is being in high school. But, there is more. High school, boys, heartbreak, family, job, friends, and the future. These are all seven of the terrible c
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Adriana
Aug 20, 2008 Adriana rated it really liked it
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Mehsi
I found this book a few weeks ago when I was shopping. Sadly I didn't find out it was a second book until I got home.

But apparently that is no problem. While I was reading, I never felt that I missed something, everything just flows ok, and enough is explained.

This book is really hilarious, I would call this the American equivalent to Tallulah or Georgia Nicolson (both by Louise Rennison).
It has the same kind of format and the same silliness.

I would really recommend it to everyone. :)

One thing
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Megalion
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it liked it
Gert's story continues in this book and the prevailing theme is sexual awakening and sexual peer pressure. I refer to awakening as the process of figuring out what you do and do not like and resolving the larger questions of hetero and homo sexuality. Figuring out what is touted as "normal" really is "normal" or a myth.

A valuable book for those reasons yet the story didn't engage me. Primarily because Gert herself is conflicted in an pressure related event and from the first book, I would have
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Rhiannon
Apr 13, 2015 Rhiannon rated it it was ok
This book started off really awkward and uninviting. I found it hard to get into the main character's way of thinking, which made it hard to get into the book. However, I did somewhat get used to it by the end. I found this book lacked a real plot. It left me wondering what the real conflict was and how the book was able to conclude it. There was no substance or form. The whole book just seemed like overhearing some girls gossiping in the school hallway. There were a few little bits that striked ...more
Theresa
Dec 26, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
As always, it seems- three and a half. Fun for sure, and I could even mostly follow it without having read the earlier book (which now I'll probably read). I feel like if I'd read the earlier book, I'd be able to tell the difference a little more between the two best friends- they probably have better separate personalities, at least I hope so. I loved Gert's awkward relationship with Stephen because I think it shows some great true-to-life moments. And I thought her parents were too cliche, but ...more
Erin
Oct 21, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya
I enjoyed this book, though it is quite fluffy. Still, the main character encounters various pitfalls of being a modern teenager and handles them all with aplomb--the writing is fast and easy. I thought it odd that for a book that includes a lot of sex (finally! YA that goes there!), her exclamation of choices is the stupid "buttocks!"

Also in many cases the text throws something out as if the reader knows what it is, when it hasn't been mentioned at all previously. There was a lot of "I guess if
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Jessica
May 21, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
Yay. Finally finihed this book. I got this book for free from a goodreads giveaway and had exams and 'stuff' so i didn't have ime to read it sooner. But anyway :) it was really good. Unfortunately I didn't read the first book so I didn't really get what was going on sometimes. Btw, what;s "tangent:sorry" ? I liked the Who am I? essay. The plot was altogether pretty good but it didn't catch my attention until near the end. I liked all of the characters though, and the writing was good. :P
Lynne
Apr 04, 2011 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title has changed since I read the ARC but I hope nothing else. I enjoyed Gert so much more in this second book and was able to really get to know her friends and family. A great laugh-out-loud teenage story that will ring true with many. Gert is maturing and her take on life, love, and friends make her much more likable in this story. Can't wait to see what kinds of mischief she gets into when she travels!
Samantha
Dec 11, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I feel like it covered quite a few interesting topics that adults don't want to admit teens deal with- such as boys wanting to set sex dates (seriously, teach your children better), how friends with benefits doesn't necessarily turn into a real relationship later on (TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN!), getting dumped for not putting out, and just the general (but hilarious) things that teens wonder about sex, relationships, and school.
StorySnoops
Sep 06, 2011 StorySnoops rated it really liked it
Snarky, compulsively readable, and laugh out loud funny, 7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes is a great choice for older teen girls. Subject matter is mature and racy, though often hilarious, and definitely most appropriate for those no younger than high school. Typical teen behavior... (click for full review http://www.storysnoops.com/detail.php...)
Sheila
Aug 28, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing
I love Gert Girabaldi. She is a scream! More adventures of her in high school. She's a sophmore. This is a tough year. Her first break-up. Her dad has a heart attack. She's going places also. Funny but some tears.
Zannah
May 30, 2011 Zannah rated it really liked it
This book was super funny and sweet. I really enjoyed reading it and actually laughed out loud at times. Gert reminds me of myself sometimes, and a lot of the times of my best friend. It's a good, lighthearted, funny read.
Jennifer
Apr 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I love how she takes everyday situations and uses humor and sarcasm to really amplify how unique life situations can be. Very engaging.
Emily W
Jan 27, 2014 Emily W rated it it was ok
This book was too all over the place in terms of plot. I felt like it was trying to be funny but just wasn't realistic.
Wendy
May 02, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it
I love Gert/Amber's sense of humor, it is very much like my own. I about died on page 173, could not stop laughing. Very sweet and fun book.
Kate
Kate rated it it was ok
Aug 04, 2011
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May 04, 2011
Kyley
Kyley rated it it was ok
Aug 30, 2011
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Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Megan
May 28, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
Awesome. Now I need to go back and read "One Butt Cheek at a Time."
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