Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin

Book Title: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
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Publisher: (Imprint of )
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Format: eBook
Dates Read: January 23 to 27, 2012
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Kelsey Finkelstein is fourteen and FRUSTRATED. Every time she tries to live up to her awesome potential, her plans are foiled – by her impossible parents, her annoying little sister, and life in general. But with her first day of high school coming up, Kelsey is positive that things are going to change. Enlisting the help of her three best friends — sweet and quiet Em, theatrical Cass, and wild JoJo — Kelsey gets ready to rebrand herself and make the kind of mark she knows is her destiny.

Things start out great - her arch-nemesis has moved across the country, giving Kelsey the perfect opportunity to stand out on the soccer team and finally catch the eye of her long-time crush. But soon enough, an evil junior’s thirst for revenge, a mysterious photographer, and a series of other catastrophes make it clear that just because KELSEY has a plan for greatness… it doesn’t mean the rest of the world is in on it.

Kelsey’s hilarious commentary throughout her disastrous freshman year will have you laughing out loud—while being thankful that you’re not in her shoes, of course…

When I read the synopsis of Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters I had been interested, but it seemed very cheesy so it wasn’t high on my list. Boy, was I wrong.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is just pure amazingness. It’s so real and honest that it is easy to connect to the story and to the protagonist Kelsey. High school is so overwhelming sometimes with all the things you have to deal with and the struggles you go through. While you feel so bad for Kelsey since all this stuff is thrown at her, you realize that you went through just as much and things all worked out and made you stronger.

I love how fast-paced Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters was. Zeitlin did an amazing job with keeping the story flowing without having a bunch of irrelevant fillers just to make the story longer or transition from one thing to another. There are so many books where there is a lot of pointless things throughout that are unnecessary because they don’t matter to the story.

This is a must read for anyone in high school, getting ready to start, or even someone out of high school because it shows that it really isn’t that bad. In the end, those things make you who you are and are learning experiences. I was so connected to everything in Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters and felt so sad saying goodbye to Kelsey and the other characters. Meredith Zeitlin is definitely my new favorite author and I can’t wait to read more from her.