Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters 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…

My Review:

This is an amazing, sweet, and funny story.  I loved the characters and the story, and I read it quickly so I could find out more about Kelsey's freshman year.


Kelsey is a funny protagonist.  She is excited to start her freshman year, and she is planning on it being amazing.  She doesn't know then how many hilarious problems will happen during that year.  At the beginning, she manages to get an enemy, Julie, a junior who is captain of the soccer team.  Julie gets Kelsey placed in a position she doesn't want, goalie.  Meanwhile, horrible pictures of her are making their way into the school newspaper.  When it is time for the school musical, Kelsey decides to audition.  For the audition, she sings Defying octave lower than it was written.  This lands her a role as a bearded man.  She has a few problems with the beard during one of her performances.

Kelsey's friends are great characters.  At the beginning of the book, her best friends are Em, JoJo, and Cass.  A new girl named Lexi moves to the school.  Kelsey doesn't like Lexi because she is the cousin of Kelsey's old soccer rival, Jemma, who moved away.  Em tells Kelsey that Lexi is nice, and Kelsey and Lexi end up becoming good friends.  Some of the friends get into fights.  Kelsey gets mad at Cass when Cass goes out with Kelsey's longtime crush.  Em gets mad at Kelsey because Lexi finds out about Kelsey's first kiss before Em does.  In the end, these friends all solve these problems and are friends again.

Kelsey has some experiences with guys that are both positive and negative in this book.  At the beginning, she has a huge crush on Jordan Rothman.  After he starts going out with Cass, he turns out to be a jerk since he cheats on Cass.  Then there's this boy at school who is her not-so-secret admirer, named Keith.  He asks her to go see a band, and that's when she has her first kiss.  It is not a good first kiss.  Then, she kisses a guy named Sam at a party.  When she won't let him feel her up, he calls her a prude, and she gets upset and leaves the party.  The guy who she probably has an actual relationship with is Ben, the school newspaper photographer.  He is a funny and sweet junior boy. 

If you like cute YA contemporary, read this book.


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