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The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year

(Chloe Snow's Diary #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  389 ratings  ·  82 reviews
High school student Chloe Snow chronicles another year in her life while she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in her diary.

It’s Chloe Snow’s sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated.

Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year, after an audition so disastrous she runs off the stage in tears, she’
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading The Year of Living Awkwardly on 6/27/18 and finished it on 6/30/18. This book is an excellent read! I enjoy high school reads a lot, especially when books are upbeat and easy going like this one. It has humor and a diverse of characters exploring who they are and how they perceive themselves. The mean girl Reese is tolerable. I like her smart mean under the guise of being nice rather than being outwardly wicked mean. For this, I can understand how Chloe feels being on the recei ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read in a day! These are just hitting my sweet spot. Emma Nash, Georgia Nicholson, Ruby Oliver, meet your soul sister- Chloe Snow.
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I was asked to describe The Year of Living Awkwardly in three words, I would say: delightful, amusing, and honest.

When I started this book, I was immediately captured by Chloe's voice. Chloe clearly came across as a 15-year-old teen, and I found her musings, observations, frustrations, and fears very believable. I fell in love with her. I was happy, when she was happy, and sad, when she was sad. I raged with her, hurt with her, and even swooned with her. There were so many times I wanted to r
Karen • The Book Return
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it

Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return Blog
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


"The point of the musical is that Nellie's racism is disgusting and that you can be a cute, fun girl everyone considers so nice and still have this snake coiled in your heart. "

"It's like Tris let go of his trapeze and he's falling through the air, waiting for Roy to catch him, but Roy

Brianna Westervelt
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Chloe Snow is no longer a high school disaster, I can say that much. At least in my opinion.

After how quickly I devoured this sophomore year installment, I'm amazed at how brief my thoughts were about her freshman year diary:

"Sequel suggestion: fast-forward a few years and let's see Chloe in her first year of COLLEGE.

Now that would be fascinating."

While I do suggest quite the fast-forward above, I was THRILLED to discover Chloe Snow's sophomore year diary.

When you actually make the transition f
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
BEWARE: If you read this, you will fall into the Chloe Snow vortex in which you can't stop reading all of her awkward & embarrassing & endearing thoughts. ...more
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Reread update 7.2.19:
While senior year might not happen, I picked this back up before reading junior year.
Which I'm starting right now. :)

I'm pretty in love with this series. There aren't any more books listed here yet, but I am sincerely hoping for Chloe's junior and senior years. This series is filling the void of not having any more Jessica Darling diaries to look forward to.

Full review to come.
Resch Reads
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
*Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*

So last year, the first book in this series came out...and it was a hot mess. I wasn't a fan at all but when Simon & Schuster reached out to me to review the second book, I was hesitant. I wanted to see not only if Emma's writing improved but if Chloe improved as a person because she was extremely self-centered and narcissistic in the first book. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book was a delight. I enjoyed watching Chloe evolve an
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh so much fun. While I didn’t love it as much as the first I still enjoyed it very much. The story went by a lot faster than the first and loved the drama that happened. I also still appreciated the separate parents shown here since I felt it is so well done.
4/5 Stars
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I just get SUPER into high school contemporary romance/comedies and this was definitely one of them. I loved Chloe and Grady and Tris and just all of them. ALL OF THEM. Except Reese of course, but you're not supposed to love her. Unless you love to hate her, maybe.

It's a fun story told sort of in diary form. Chloe is starting sophomore year of high school, her parents are getting a divorce, her love life is a disaster, her friend group is gaining and losing members and having rivalries
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yallwest-2018
A common theme for my reviews lately: I expected to hate this book. I thought it was going to be incredibly shallow and vapid with nothing substantial. Only boy-craziness.

Which it was, but it was great. It’s one of the few times the mindset seemed somewhat authentic. Yes, it’s a hormonal time and everyone is obsessed with sex as teenagers. The difference with this book, and what made it good, was that the characters never act like their relationships are destined or something. Yes, they’re firs
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain is about a girl named Chloe who is a teenager who falls in love with a guy named Grady. There is a lot of suspense and tragedies that will definitely catch your attention.

I strongly recommend you to read this book if you like reading about teenage love stories. They both like each other but they realize their feelings for each other at the wrong time. She later becomes lonely because her enemy steals her best friend but soon she finds happiness aroun
Jessica C Writes
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Just like the first one, this book was just ok. Nothing special about it. The main character, Chloe, acts like she’s in middle school, not high school, so that was really frustrating.

Also, the story was so predictable and there was a lot of girl on girl hate. There’s a lot that I would have liked to be different in this one, but what can I do?

I did receive an ARC & final copy of this book to review, so thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing those.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't know if my teen years were too short or not fun enough or just plain too long ago, but it's ridiculous how much I'm enjoying these books! ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How I missed Chloe Snow! Another year full of funny, awkward moments, sobbing in the bathroom (Chastain gets this SO RIGHT), and heartfelt moments that bring you straight back to your teenage years. I loved every word, every sentiment.
Brooke Chase
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I needed to have a book read for class. I bravely walk into the library and say I'm in a hurry can you grab me a book that you recommend. She gave me this book. I would never pick this book out on my own as I'm a dystopian kind of girl, but it was actually pretty good not GOOD but good. ...more
Lindsay C
I thought the author in this book did a very good job of adding descriptive details. My favorite character was Chloe Snow (the main character). She is my favorite character because she is always doing and trying different things. My least favorite character is Mac because he tried starting new drama with Chloe when he came home from college. My favorite event was when the school play tryouts took place and everyone expected Chloe to get the lead role because her dad was dating the director, this ...more
The Blonde Bookworm
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The Year of Living Awkwardly was a cute high school drama, filled with ups, downs, and plenty of angst to keep you turning page after page. I wish I would have picked it up over the summer because it would have been a great beach read. It was a little more juvenile than I was expecting, but it was still a really cute and fun read. It definitely brought back memories of my high school days! The characters were fun and pretty believable, but I felt like there were just a ton of cliches and not a w ...more
Lauren R.
PLEASE let there be a junior year book next. Please. I loved the first story even though Chloe definitely had some (natural/normal) flaws and immaturity to work through. I rooted for her so much in both stories. I absolutely LOVE her voice and her realness. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA book that feels more real. The diary format helps but the overall voice in the story is so natural. I remember feeling so many of the same emotions throughout my early high school years. So yes please, keep e ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was contacted by Simon & Schuster to review this book when a spot on their blog tour came up – I was so excited I can’t even begin to describe it! I’d seen a few reactions and reviews for this book and was overall pretty eager to get stuck in! Though I was aware it was a second book in a series where I hadn’t read the first, so I was a little concerned I might be lost for the first part of the book at least. Tha
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This sharp follow up to CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH SCHOOL DISASTER was so much fun (the pages literally flew by, I had no idea what was happening), the characters are developing beautifully and realistically, and the voices are delicious and perfect.

"I was wearing a striped sweater I thought looked pretty cute, but as soon as I saw Reese, I realized I looked like someone's dorky nephew. She had on gray leather pants with ankle zippers and a sheer white shirt over a black bra with crisscrossing strap
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars

Much better than the first book. Chloe is a touch wiser and not making such obviously awful choices. She’s a bit more of a victim this time so she’s trying to figure out what to do to survive the family/friend/boyfriend drama. That’s much more relatable than trying to root for freshman Chloe and her destructive behavior. This time, it’s about not going with her gut, big family changes and a mean girl who’s about to (indirectly) take over her life.

There’s an interesting att
Kayla Plutzer
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, romance
Chloe Snow is back and not better than ever, her life is still falling apart and she can’t figure out how to stop it from crumbling all around her. Her strong relationship with her dad is one of the only constant things in her life until her dad starts dating her English teacher and is paying more attention to her. Her mom is using her as a pawn in a custody battle and her best friend has been stolen by her arch-enemy. So yeah, Sophomore year isn’t that much better than freshman year.

Chloe Snow
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Highschool
Recommended to Milan by: Library
The Year of Living Awkwardly, written by Emma Chastain, is a fast-paced and fun ride. This book is told in first-person point of view following Chloe Snow expressing herself in a diary format, Chloe is like any regular teenage girl . The Year of Living Awkwardly has humor and diversity of characters exploring who they are and how they perceive themselves. '' I think the hardest thing about being a teenager is dealing with other teenagers, criticism and the ridicule, the gossip & rumors''- Bever ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Chloe has a fun voice and sense of humor that takes me back to my teenage years, back when everything was supposed to be simple, but wasn’t because of teenage awkwardness.

This book reads just like a diary entry. Many of the entires are short and filled with thoughts as they come to Chloe. While there are consistent themes, like family, friendship, and romance, there are also many smaller subplots following Chloe’s journey into sophomore year, and they get resolved at different times. This is gre
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!!!

I love love love Chloe Snow so much- her personality, her writing and her boy drama!!! I love how she's so unapologetically herself because it is her diary, after all. She writes down thoughts that we all have come across but may have never been brave enough to say them out loud. Her phobia of driving is such a realistic issue that I never see written in most novels.

Also, Tristan is the best. He's the perfect friend and I love how we get a peek into his romantic life as well! I lo
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chloe Snow is having a rough year. Her mother is living in Mexico, her dad is dating her teacher, and her crush is dating the most popular girl in her grade.
This was a cute light-hearted book. It reminded me of Drama Unsung by Jennifer Jamelli, which I also read around finals week in December around three years ago. Seriously, I love high shool books like this, sure the drama can feel fake and exaggerated, but the emotions feel real. It also helped that when I was in high school, my [majority wh
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Year of Living Awkwardly the second book in this series, but I have not read the first one. I will tell you that I loved this book without having read the first one so I'm sure its even better if you have read the first one. This could easily be read as stand alone book as well. I loved how realistic Chloe was. Her voice was awkward, frustrated, sad, and happy at times. She went through all the feelings and emotion
Charming and funny!
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year by Emma Chastain!
Chloe shares her daily experiences through diary entries. She lives with her single father after her mother left them. Chloe's mother went to Mexico with her much younger boyfriend. Needless to say, Chloe is angry at her mother. Chloe and her co-worker Grady have an entertaining relationship. Once school starts, so does the worrying and the
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Star: This series was one of my favorite book. This book is just so good and interesting!!! And I love love Chloe's characters! And it's fun story told sort of in diary form.

Star: The another star for this book was it made me smile while reading this book. I felt
Pathetic for Chloe because in her first year of highschool, her parents are getting a divorce, her friend group is gaining and losing members and she be kind of lonely and her dad was dating her favorite teacher.

Wish: I wish I can read
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