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Confessions of a High School Disaster

(Chloe Snow's Diary #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  917 ratings  ·  190 reviews
In the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary, a lovably flawed high school student chronicles her life as she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.

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.
352 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Emily May
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish I'd read this book after Furious Thing, not before, because it is exactly the kind of warm, silly, sweet goodness I need right now. Oh well, luckily for me there are two sequels to go get lost in!

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
DNF on page 185

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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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 -
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book loves its characters, and you will love them too. Except Chloe's mom. That bitch.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emma Chastain's A Year in the Life of Chloe Snow was the most enjoyable book I've read in years.

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,
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

** 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
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in deep love with this book. Chloe Snow, high school freshman/disaster, captured my heart on page one. Chloe comes alive on the pages of her diary and tells her story with honesty and humor and wit. I smiled and laughed out loud so much while reading this book that my face hurt. Chloe's reactions are so very real. Oh, Chloe Snow.

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
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review can be found at

** 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
Nicole Hewitt
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Confessions of a High School Disaster takes shape around the life of Chloe Snow, whose daily journal entries catalogue the defining moments of high school (ratio of moments, awkward to graceful: 10:1). Chloe's life is no exception to the universal wackiness of freshman year: she juggles schoolwork with boys, friend dynamics with DMs, a mom who moves to Mexico with sweaty auditions for the school play. Emma nails Chloe's voice, and it was a DELIGHT to find out that she got writing inspo from her ...more
Jan 28, 2017 added it
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This was really fun and cute! I don't read much YA with younger protags but when I do, I especially love the diary format, which I think Chastain pulls off really well here. I love the complicate parental relationships, the sexual and romantic curiosity, the changing just felt really true in a great way.
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious and charming and I enjoyed every page. Chloe is, for me, a perfect funny contemp narrator: delightfully (lightly) bitchy, sharply observant in ways that felt both deeply, wonderfully specific and true to the character and her age, and possessing the kind of shoulders-back confidence I would've killed for as a kid and loooved living vicariously through on the page.

This book is just so damned fun to read. Among the things Chastain nails are theater kid culture, teen boredom,
The pitch comp to Bridget Jones is dumb, since this is a book that will appeal tremendously to middle school/freshman in high school readers as a diary. And that's about it. It's a pitch-perfect 14-year-old white girl from the suburbs voice, and while it does nothing new or novel or even interesting, it's the sort of slice-of-life read a lot of those younger teen/older tween readers will like. I've read reviews of people scandalized there's talk of sex and hand jobs but, like, have you spent ...more
Amanda Searcy
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chloe Snow is so real. The voice is right on the money. You can't help but fall in love with her as she navigates all that comes with starting high school: growing apart from old friends, boyfriends, being the bottom of the pack, struggles with her parents. Teens will find a sympathetic (and funny) friend in this book.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than I initially thought it would be. There were some funny bits, an awesome, sweet, supportive Dad that reminded me a lot of my own (you can never have enough of those in YA lit), friends that really cared and a likable main character (even when she was loyal to her shitty mom or becoming attached to a total douche.) The characters were well fleshed out. My favorite was the Dad though. So often in YA the parents are easily forgettable but I loved him. ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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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,
Would you believe me if I told you I've never read Bridget's Jones's Diary - I've only watched them. Would you believe me when I say I don't really read diaries in fiction much - that aside I feel Chloe Snow has certainly changed my tune on this - I LOVED IT!

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
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review Confessions of a High School Disaster: Chloe Snow's Diary by Emma Chastain! Chloe is nervous about starting high school and is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants. Her freshman year turns out to be nothing like she imagined and so much bigger than she could have guessed it would be. Through the year, Chloe has crushes, makes friends and learns how to grow ...more
Abby Decker
May 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved every second inside Chloe's world - what a delightful novel, absolutely littered with brilliantly funny writing :)

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
Brianna Westervelt
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sequel suggestion: fast-forward a few years and let's see Chloe in her first year of COLLEGE.

Now that would be fascinating.
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
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I received this book for free from the Publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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

Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Page 21:

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
Chris Myers
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chloe writes in her diary most days and tells her story of her freshman year. This is definitely a young read and does a great job voicing a 14-year-old. She likes a senior, and though he has a girlfriend, he shamelessly flirts with her. She has two close friends, one boy and one fairly religious girl. When she gets a boyfriend, Chloe spends more time with her close guy friend. She's definitely young and has all those insecurities and curiosities of her age. While she goes on her quest for her ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this book in my tbr pile for quite a while now and I’m so glad that I finally decided to read it.
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
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Confessions of a High School Disaster is a decent novel. It ultimately fails because of its lack of diversity and inability to contribute anything meaningful to important conversations. This novel could have been most interesting had it been more diverse.

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
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, arc
Confessions of a High School Disaster is a book I easily got lost in. I became completely curious by Chloe and her journey through freshman year. She's a strong and confident main character even when she thinks she isn't being confident. At times, I saw myself in Chloe's character from her confidence, strong-headed behaviour, adventurousness and her naivety.

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
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story betrayed my expectation in the best way.

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,
Eve beinguniquebooks
Chloe is starting high school but is typically unsure of whether she'll fit in, wear the right clothes and not never have her first kiss meanwhile, her mum is an author and is away for months to come working on her newest book to come.

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
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