Please Don't Kill the Freshman: A Memoir
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It's a diary. Its a confession that being a teenager is difficult, and something I think that many adults seem to forget. We teenagers think life is so difficult that no one can comprehend it, except for other teenagers. And for most of my generation's parents, they tend to write us off as complaining little children who don't know what we're talking about.
This book, I think, is one of those things that let ...more
Probably my favorite book, and that's not just a "I just finished this book and omg" thing, because I read this two years ago and have basically been reading it since then, but yeah so I just read it all the way through again and, yup, it's still my favorite. Everyone else who tries to write about being fourteen can't because they forget ...more
Zoe Trope (ovviamente pseudonimo) quando scrive ha quattordici, quindici anni. E' l'era di Bush e dell'11 Settembre 2001.
Cosa significa essere adolescenti del XXI secolo? Ci sono milioni di persone che ci hanno scritto su e hanno cercato di rispondere. Lei, no.
"Scusate se ho quindici anni" non è una provocazione, non è Melissa P., non è J.T. LeRoy, non è un memoriale
But, it's funny how your perspective changes once you get older, once you learn who the "anonymous" author is and that she wrote about some of your very good friends and said some very untrue things about them.
Zoe Trope (pseudonym, first name is really Zoe, last name is different but I'll grant her the privacy of keeping her anonymity) graduated the same year as many of my friends at a local Oregon high school. She was writing t ...more
At first, I had really high hopes because I often like anything high school (consider where I still spend all my weekdays) and the fact Trope used hilarious nicknames instead of people's actual names. However, this stopped amusing me when it got confusing.
There were som ...more
I quite liked it, actually. The blurb on the back promised that I'd identify with the author/narrator, and indeed I did. Zoe Trope is a curious mix of the exceptional and the ordinary. Highly intelligent and amazingly sophisticated ...more
You can either appreciate the raw juiciness of a teenage girl's diary and looking through her complex eyes at an ordinary life and see the beauty of how she cam describe the smallest thing and how much these things can mean to a young person...
Or you can be distracted by the rawness, you can be appalled at the foul language, at the lack of organization.
Personally I found the book beautiful and empowering especially as a high school student myse ...more
Anyway, it gets awfully confusing. Zoe trope uses false nicknames rather than the characters' true names, and new ones are added ...more
On the one hand, it was interesting and kept me addicted to it for five days in which I couldn't read anything else but this book. There is no doubt that this book is a well-written, powerful memoir. But...
On the other hand, it was a ranting diary of an angry high schooler. And it is true that, having just come out of
Most of the time, when I read a memoir, I feel guilty like I'm reading someone's diary, or I feel in awe of whatever great thing the author had done with his life. This one was different because instead of awe or guilt, I felt reassured.
I went to school in Mississippi and had always been considered somewhat of a par ...more
This is the real diary of Zoe Trope, a high schooler struggling with the monotony of school and falling in love among other things. There are many semi-confusing rants in the diary, and Zoe seems to love using sexual references (dick, cunt, fuck, some odd fantasies.)
I'll probably need to read the book a second time around to fully confirm my feeli ...more
She graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a Bachelors in Art History and completed her Masters in Library Science in 2010. Zoe is a reference librari ...more