Confessions of a High School Disaster
I’m Chloe Snow, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.
1. I’m a kissing virgin (so so so embarrassing).
2. My best friend, Hannah, is driving me insane.
This goes straight to my mental list of feel-good high school diary books that are my go-to when I'm feeling down. Chloe Snow belongs right up there among Georgia Nicholson, Emma Nash, Ruby Oliver and Jessica Darling. Tatiana made a highly convenient and aptly-named bookshelf so we can ...more
So, I requested this because I saw the comparison to Bridget Jones's Diary. To me, that means semi-adult topics and a 17-18 year old MC.
Nope. This girl was 14. She was 14 and talking about being a spinster because her bff had a boyfriend. She talked about "dying to give a hand job" and how she was going to marry a senior and have his football babies because he talked to her in the hall. She was getting drunk and putting herself in stupid situations. She's horrible to her best ...more
I am going to add and extra 0.5 stars every time I read and like this book. I liked it A LOT this time around, so up to 3.5 now. I was a little unfair in my earlier assessment. Clearly, I enjoy almost every Bridget Jones-alike, even better when it's in a diary format. This was a nice balance of fun, dumb and family drama.
I am struggling to point out anything special or new about this story. It certainly doesn't cover any new ground thematically or stylistically - ...more
It's a year of Chloe Snow's daily journal entries as her mother moves to Mexico, she enters high school, and she deals with surprises in all of her relationships. This girl is the funniest girl I've ever read. She's almost like an more-adult Eloise. She's so honest and smart. I couldn't wait to see what she was going to say next.
All of the characters are well-drawn. I kept wanting to Google them, ...more
** Just a fair warning, this review is more of a rant - perhaps directed more at aspects of society itself than the book - but consider yourself warned **
I really wanted to like this book. I really, really really wanted to like this book. It had all the makings of a perfect story, a cute maybe romance, told in the form of diary/journal entries, with a promising ...more
This book is for anyone who has fallen hard for the wrong person. This is for anyone who has drifted away from their best friend. This is for anyone who ...more
** I received an advanced readers copy from Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
Just when I thought that perhaps I'd had my fill of YA, along came Confessions of a High School Disaster. I've always enjoyed YA but lately I have felt like the genre has been letting me down. Either the story is too far fetched or just too cute to be relatable. Confessions of a High School Disaster was none of ...more
This is the type of book that baffles me because I really enjoyed it even though it has a lot of elements that normally frustrate me. Chloe isn’t always the most likable character and she makes a lot of very poor decisions—but she’s only 14 and, more importantly, she actually reads like a 14-year-old. So, I found myself giving her a lot more leeway than I usually would. She’s very young and naive, but she so wants to ...more
This book is just so damned fun to read. Among the things Chastain nails are theater kid culture, teen boredom, ...more
This is a weird one to review. The main character is slap worthy, but I think a lot of it has to do based on her age-she’s on the younger side of YA at 14/15 years old.
It’s not that I don’t mind YA books with younger protagonists (though, I generally avoid them because I can’t handle a younger protagonist’s usual severe immaturity) but in Chloe’s case what bothered me is that while she was so young, she got herself involved in some very adult situations.
I mean, ...more
Chloe Snow's story was told through an entry in her diary every day - it all begins just before freshman year of high school, Chloe Snow has high hopes, new year new school, she has expectations to live up too one of which to have her first ...more
What the book does so well is show how, in the space of a year (in Chloe's case), or a chapter, or even a paragraph, your fortunes as a teen can rise and fall, and further, how a single new thought can spin your perspective around, leaving you feeling great or terrible (I was so dazzled by Chloe's melodramatic/self-deprecating/hopeful/sweet/selfish/hilarious pattern of ...more
So, yeah, I read Sophomore year before this book, but you know what? I think I love Chloe even more, because I know how much she grows from this book to the next.
Her freshmen year was really tough. Thank goodness she found a friend in new student, Tris. He's the best, and a great and loyal person to have by your side. I think Chastain hit on those major life changes many teens experience, when they make that move from middle school to high school. Learning a new school and all ...more
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Confessions of a High School Disaster is the first installment of the Chloe Snow series. I read the second installment first and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and read 'Confessions of a High School Disaster'.
In this book Chloe is just about to start high...more
I had to make six trips to my room to move all Mom's clothes in there.
If I had to describe her style in two words, I'd say SCARVES GALORE. Picture a g*psy yoga teacher, and then add more bangles than you thought, and that's Mom.
Can you not with the racial slurs used in a way that normalizes them?
Also, my ARC had a scene where Chloe's crush Mac slapped her on the butt and she said"I guess now I've been sexually harassed. And I liked it." This was originally the breaking point for me that ...more
I love books with short chapters (as they are easy and quick to read) and this was set in diary style and I loved it.
I may be outside the ‘normal’ age for young adult books but I still enjoy reading them and this one kept me wanting to read more!
Chloe Snow was a great character and we follow her teenage antics through her first year of high school, with some hilarious outcomes.
I now have ...more
If you're looking for a novel about high school and all its perils, over the top reactions, and heightened emotions then Confessions of a High School Disaster is for you.
This novel is told in diary format, which makes identifying with the main ...more
At first, I was a little worried about picking up a book written in journal entries after just finishing another book written in the same ...more
I started having the feeling of another YA written in diary format trying to be funny. In fact, the beginning reminded me too much of "Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging", which I read earlier this year and with which I couldn't connected at all. And then...
First, the story. Chloe has a mom away from home and a high school life beginning at the same time. She doesn't understand what is up with her parents and she's scared of school. Still, ...more
Hannah is her best friend and Hannah also makes friends with Zac who is in a band and Tris from the school's drama production group. Just before starting high school though she meets Mac by the local pool but finds out online he has a girlfriend, Sienna.
As she ...more