The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year
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’ ...more
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 ...more
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"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...more
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 ...more
Full review to come.
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 evolv ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Chloe Snow: Mitt trassliga andra år lever upp till sin titel på alla sätt och vis. Även nu efter andra boken älskar jag att läsa Chloes dagbok, och boken känns verkligen trovärdig och äkta, och bjuder på alltifrån skratt till oro till tårar, på ett enkelt men välgjort sätt. Jag ser fram emot att läsa ännu mer om Chloe, för jag älskar verkligen hur Chastain tagit den klassiska ungdomsboken och adderat en smula extra röra och lite mer k ...more
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. ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The first book was bad, but this one was worse. Nothing happens for the whole book with her and Grady. They just talk a little. She doesn’t even get an important role in the school play. She’s just a chorus kid. Her parents aren’t even divorced yet. All of a sudden at the end, Grady and Chloe are a couple? That all happened really fast. It was boring for the whole book until the end where she confesses her love. Not the best book.
It got an extra star just cuz ...more