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Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes

(Frazzled #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Abbie Wu is FRAZZLED as she navigates locker thieves, diabolical cats, and other hazards of middle school.

This is the second book in a New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that NPR's All Things Considered called "hilarious"!

Things are looking up for Abbie Wu: this year she’ll run for class president and get a brand-new shiny locker. Until—she doesn’t…

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Published September 26th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was great! It's been a few years since I read the first book, but it was so easy to fall back into Abbie Wu's life and to see all the high jinks she gets up to. This one had a focus on being flexible in situations that aren't going your way and learning to work together with someone you're unsure of. If I'm being honest, I feel like these books deserve just as much hype as books like the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series. If you're looking for books in that lane, I highly recommend checking out ...more
Abbie Wu is back and stressing again, but about new and different things. A new addition to the family (a cat who appears to have it in for Abbie), a new locker partner, and a science partner for a major science project. There’s so much, no, too much change all at once for Abbie, and how she deals with all this is amusing and helps her accept that not all change is bad.
Jaime Arkin
As the mother of a reluctant reader, you can just imagine how incredibly happy it makes me when we actually argue about who gets to read a book first… and that’s been the case with the Frazzled books from Booki Vivat. It also helps that he’s starting middle school this year!

In the second Frazzled book, Abbie Wu has so much going on! A new family member in the form of a cat, an unexpected locker partner… and a complicated assignment for her science class!

I love that Vivat makes the issues that
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very cute. I think I liked this more than the first one
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, middle-school
A cute little story... I enjoyed it quite a bit.

4 stars

Happy Reading!
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Love the cover. Tis book is so funny and my grand kids will love it! It reminds me of the Wimpy Kid books or the James Patterson books like this.
Middle school just got a bit more exciting for Abbie! More frazzling, dazzling, and cats!

I am so happy I have a chance to read this one, I just loved the first book and have been excited for the second book since I saw the announcement on Twitter!

In this one we have locker thieves, cats and them being diabolical, new friends, inventions, and of course Abbie being frazzled a lot!

Abbie's life was appearing to be on the rise, but then stuff happens and she is doing all she can to not just curl up i
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I actually enjoyed this one more than the first one. Not sure why, maybe because Abbie doesn't break any rules in this one, she's just struggling to cope with the pressures and stresses of middle school. In this book, Abbie is trying to cope with some new challenges in her life: a pet cat at home that doesn't seem to like her, sharing a locker that should have been hers with a new girl that she knows little about. And on top of that she has to partner up with the new girl in science on a major p ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Vivat's illustrations are absurdly adorable, and they're an excellent complement to the text, sometimes simply showing what's been described but sometimes making a joke about it, adding something new you'd miss without the picture.

In Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes, Abbie Wu considers running for class president like she decided to at the end of book one, but then she realizes that a position mostly requiring public speaking might not be ideal for an anxious girl like her. Instead,
Luke Reynolds
I’m surprised I enjoyed this more than the first book. But after leaving behind Abbie’s world for a year, it felt so good to come back and embrace her anxieties about middle school and see her make a new friend, attempt a science project, and realize life is all about how you see it. It was inspiration and really hit me hard, especially since my middle school/junior high days are over and I’m set to be a college student in August. EEK! That definitely makes me frazzled.

Also, the doodles are stil
BookChic Club
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book- it's funny, relatable and so true of middle school life. I read it pretty much in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Vivat does a wonderful job with the added drawings as well throughout the book, which add a humorous layer to this fantastic story. I'm sure kids will devour this series up! ...more
Eva Najeh
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, own
that was so hilarious,
I felt I was the mean character, cause my life just worked like hers!
ant way, LOVED IT.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t miss being in middle school.
Making new friends that help you be a better or even the best version of yourself though? That’s always welcome!
Sarah E.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't my favorite middle grade series but it is one I enjoy a lot. It's adorable and I think relatable to that age group. The illustrations are really cute. ...more
Melanie Dulaney
My "reluctant reader" library patrons will be excited to see this second installment in Vivat's Frazzled series, but I am not as thrilled with the mostly pictures, light on text, and even lighter on character and plot development title. Abbie Wu is a sixth grader dealing with all sorts of normal middle school aged woes--locker problems, partner projects in Science, a cat loved but everyone in the family but her, and even some middle child issues--but there just isn't anything truly memorable abo ...more

Abbie Wu is a refreshing main character that sprinkles bits of truth here and there about the struggles of middle school years while managing to keep the book interesting and funny.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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Abby has decided that Murphy's Law is absolutely true. Just when she thought middle school would be somewhat okay (After Frazzled), everything starts to go wrong. Her sister Clara's cat, Felix, is out to get her, she has to come up with an idea for Invention Convention, and her locker has been taken over by a LOCKER THIEF. Luckily, just about the time that Abby is going to lose it right in the school hallway, the other person using her locker shows up. And
Sara Strand
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you have a kid who doesn't really enjoy reading, especially chapter books, because it feels daunting, I am a big fan of graphic novels and books like this that are similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid or The Dork Diaries books, there isn't a lot of text and it's broken up by illustrations. It makes for a fast read (as an adult, I got through all 207 pages in an hour). It has characters and a story line that a lot of kids will relate to: the struggles of middle school, sharing a locker, trying to m ...more
Beth Rodgers
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes' by Booki Vivat is an adorable, illustrated story that not only proves a fast read, but also a truly enjoyable one. From the accurate and telling illustrations, to main character Abbie Wu's questioning and uncertain attitude about life in general, Vivat has crafted a story that anyone in middle school and beyond can relate to as they consider their own experiences.

Even though the story would have read well without the illustrations, they ar
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Booki Vivat's amazing doodles are back! I absolutely loved Frazzled, and I think I might even love this one more. Main character Abbie Wu has grown into herself a teensy bit more (she's still in sixth grade, after all--middle school!), so she's still anxious and dramatic, but that's tempered with some cautious optimism.

The adventures in this book are so fun and lively, dramatizing the everyday--a new cat
Jordan Cerenzio
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this sequel and I think younger readers will enjoy it as well but I don't think it has quite the same impact as the first. This one is very quick and short and didn't go very deep into any of the issues it covered. But I'm still excited for this one to come out and to be able to see the entire finished copy. My daughter loved the first one and I have no doubt that she'll love this one too. I like how it continues to deal with Abby's social issues and turns her inner thoughts int ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first Frazzled, but this one did not live up to it, for me at least. Maybe it's because as a former science teacher I've grown weary of the stereotype of the "Mad Scientist" teacher. Maybe it's because I've been through too many Invention Conventions. This one was not as original as the first. Granted, I listened to the audiobook on the first one, which was very well done; perhaps I would have enjoyed this more that way. Once again, this is a somewhat shorter book, which cou ...more
Carol Lance
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am sharing a book review by one of my students who had to do a review in exchange for the book.

Frazzled Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes is a very good book, in fact, I couldn't stop reading it was that good. This book is very detailed in feelings, Abbie Wu is the main character. Her best friends are Maxine and Logan and Abbie finds a new one, but I won't tell you who it is!!!

I highly recommend it to people around my age. I really enjoyed this book, I hope you do too!


I love this series so far and I don't understand the low ratings because the book doesn't conform to other books. This children's librarian totally disagrees with the dismissive idea that graphic novels can't be good books or that they're just for reluctant readers. There's a book for everyone! *steps off soapbox*

Booki Vivat's doodles convey Abbie Wu's life as a middle schooler perfectly and my middle school self would've loved feeling represented in a book. Not only is this character Asian Amer
Ms. Garr
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Grade 4 and up; even though this series focuses on protagonist Abbie Wu’s travails through middle school, the lower reading level and illustration-heavy style make it accessible for both younger readers and older reluctant readers. In this entry, Abbie struggles to go with the flow: she and a new girl at school have to share a locker, the family’s new pet cat makes her life miserable at home, she must give a presentation in front of the whole school at an Invention Convention. Abbie is neurotic ...more
L. Chase
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Adorable, hilarious, clever, and fun. I may have even liked this sequel better than the first book. The evil cat who is clearly planning to ruin Abbie's life was an especially delightful addition to the story. And unperturbed Jess was the perfect foil character to Abbie.

Like in the first book, Abbie's character is constantly frazzled in a way that creates funny situations and imaginative illustrations. Vivat's portrayal of middle school is so relatable. I found myself laughing out loud a lot. Th
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abbie definitely has anxiety and worries about a lot of things and especially has catastrophic thinking that everything WILL go wrong eventually but she makes friends with a new person and Jess’s way of thinking being hopefully And optimistic and determined that things WILL work out helps her change her perspective a bit and embrace change!

The overthinking and everything is doom and gloom does need to be addressed because I am sure kids reading this can relate but they should know they CAN get
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun story about Abby who is looking forward to a new school year. She has lots of plans and determination. Unfortunately, she feels the universe has it out for her. Things start to go wrong from the first minute. Everything is a catastrophe. She has a locker thief, a diabolical cat, and a science project that she has to build. Through of this, Abby stays upbeat and determined to succeed.

Great story for those students who like humor, a positive main character, and lots of illustrations.

Thanks to
Leah Burns
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