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An Off Year by Claire Zulkey
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Nov 22, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: abandonment, anxiety, families, alcohol, friendship, school, values
Read in November, 2009

Indulged Cecily changes her mind about college before entering her dorm room at Kenyon. She returns to live at home with her professor dad and her sister who just graduated from college and is having her own issues. Cecily isn't sure why she balked at moving forward. She does nothing for quite a while until her dad forces her to see a counselor. Cecily's mother left the family to pursue her own interests when the children were young, and has a casual phone relationship with them.
I found Cecily's self-centeredness and lethargy annoying. Sure, take a year off to figure out what's going on in your head. But why not do volunteer work or find a paying job (other than at your dad's office!)? I'm not sure exactly what she learned in her off year or what the author wanted to say with this book.

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