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Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
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Feb 23, 12

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Read from February 21 to 22, 2012

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Despite the fact that my Freshman year was nothing like Kelsey's, this book had me laughing and reminiscing the entire time I was reading it. Kelsey and her friends definitely go through some dramatic times, but Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters is a great example of really going out of your comfort zone to find yourself in high school. It was a quick, enjoyable read and I can't wait to see what Zeitlin comes up with next!

Kelsey and her friends are all pretty hilarious, but Kelsey really takes the cake. She's witty, snarky, ballsy, and pretty confident for a high school Freshman. Despite the bullies, embarrassing pictures, bff drama, and Typical Adolescent behavior, she doesn't get too down on herself and she doesn't take herself too seriously. I absolutely loved reading from Kelsey's POV just because she had such a (dare I say it again) HILARIOUS idea of life. She spent so much time having fun and making fun of herself that I wanted to be her friend!! Her friends are all pretty great too, Typical Adolescents, and I almost wish I had a group of friends like that in high school.

Zeitlin really knows how to get in the mind of a teenager, that's for sure. Her writing style is fantastic, and she manages to convey the thoughts and feelings that high school teens have and show. While all of the characters have pretty selfish tendencies, it's understandable because they're teens! The girls fight, make up, break up with boyfriends, go to parties, and just have a good time their first year of high school, which I think all teens should do! I also really liked that Zeitlin incorporated Kelsey's parents into the story somewhat. I feel like a lot of YA nowadays sort of leaves the parents out of the mix while the kids just go crazy and have a good time, which is completely unrealistic.

Overall, I enjoyed every minute of this book. It's funny, imaginative, ballsy, and (although a little over the top) pretty accurate. I know that maybe I didn't have the same experiences Kelsey did in high school, but I know plenty of people who did! Honestly, I wish someone had handed me this book before I started my Freshman year, I think it would have helped me break out of my shell a lot sooner! I definitely recommend this one to anyone and everyone! It's cute, funny, witty, and a great read!
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Hayley Do you like it? I'm also reading it now...

Anna I really like it!

Hayley Then we have different opinions! :P

Anna HAHA!!! You don't like it??

Hayley meh, no not really! It's not bad... What's so "Unnatural" about it?? :/

Anna LOL I don't know, I think it was really funny though!!

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