Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin


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…


Publication date: March 1st 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

The Elliott Review:

This book is filled with authentic experiences and emotions that any young girl entering her freshman year might feel and shows a realistic yet optimistic side to things. Kelsey struggles with a lot of the issues that young girls might go through in that situation. Since entering high school, so many things have changed for her and so many new pressures exist to threaten her dream of becoming something special this year.

Through trial and error, Kelsey finds out what works for her in the realm of friends and boys and parents. She gets herself into some sticky situations but usually finds her way out of them in short order, learning something in the process.

This book is one that any teens or adolescents will be extremely interested to read! I know that it's going to be very popular when I place it on my classroom bookshelf! My eighth graders will devour this one!

Young Adult Notes:

Deals with issues of sex, drug and alcohol use and abuse. Some language, etc.

Source: Thanks to Anne for providing a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review.


  1. I've been seeing a lot of good things said abotu this one and it sounds really great I have to pick it up. Great review Jessi!

  2. This one caught my eye at the local bookstore. It seemed like a good read, but a bit too girly for me. I could be wrong, and maybe I'll give it a read someday because the style and the story does intrigue me.