[Read now] Freshman Year Other Unnatural Disasters Freshman Year Other Unnatural Disasters Meredith Zeitlin ebooks | Download PDF | *ePub | DOC | audiobook #1199365 in Books 2013-03-07 2013-03-07Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.25 x .75 x 5.50l, .55 #File Name: 0142424218288 pages | File size: 78.Mb Meredith Zeitlin : Freshman Year Other Unnatural Disasters before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Freshman Year Other Unnatural Disasters: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Charming and funnyBy Donna GReasons why you should read debut author Meredith Zeitlin's totally charming and funny book, FRESHMAN YEAR AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS:THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESTThe main character, Kelsey Finkelstein, is the real deal. She is the essence of a high school freshman -- optimistic, funny, self-absorbed, prone to crushing on boys, and straddling the
line between still being a middle school kid and venturing into full-on scary/awesome teenagerdom.HELLO, REAL WORLDAdmittedly, Kelsey's cooler than I was as a freshman (parties didn't exist to me til at least junior year, and there certainly weren't any boys who wanted to kiss me), but her life is pretty average. Normal family (loving and a little quirky and oftentimes annoying), great group of friends, decent social life, everyday problems --- but FRESHMAN YEAR makes those things interesting and fun and oh-so-relatable.BOYS, BOYS, BOYSWith all the epic epicness of OMG instalove in upper YA, it was a breath of fresh air to read about a girl with a hardcore crush (on an undeserving jerk, FYI) but who is not blind to the buffet o' boys that the world offers her. She has romantic interactions (both positive and negative, to varying degrees) with FOUR separate guys in this book... and NONE are portrayed as the be-all, end-all to her world.THE BENEFITS OF FRIENDSMy favorite, favorite part of FRESHMAN YEAR was Kelsey's group of friends. First off, the ups and downs of their relationship far overshadowed any boy drama in the book (for this alone, I want to hug Meredith Zeitlin). They're unique without being stereotypically quirky, and I loved the realistic, ever-changing dynamic of the girls as they grew up and apart and together again. Plus, how they argued and got mad at each other was hilariously spot-on with how girls fight in high school.THIS GIRL'S GOT PROBLEMSRemember when you were fourteen, and your biggest problems were that your crush wasn't crushing back and there was a mean girl on your soccer team and your mom made you buy dorky clothes and your little sister was driving you crazy? Yeah, Kelsey has those. Plus, she's dealing with issues like how far she wants to go with boys, how to let her best friend know that it's ok if she's a lesbian, and how to handle alcohol at a party. All of this is included with humor and depth and no preachy message (or judgment) whatsoever.SUM IT UP, ALREADY!In conclusion, Kelsey rocks. FRESHMAN YEAR is funny and breezy with subtle depth --- and it's exactly what I'd recommend to a 12-to-14-year-old girl who's outgrown middle grade novels and wants something she can relate to. For the rest of us, it's just a good time! And for Meg Cabot fans, it's like THE PRINCESS DIARIES without the whole princess thing.This review was originally posted on [...]0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. A Great ReadBy B. RosenblumI would preface this review by saying this is generally not the genre of literature that I usually read. However, a friend of mine suggested I read it because I shared a common last name with one of the characters in the book, and boy am I happy I did. I started Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters on sunday afternoon and finished it by early monday morning. The writing and characters are addictive and once you start reading the book it is hard to put down. The author expertly draws you into the world of her characters and you quickly find yourself rooting for the protagonist Kelsey, whether it is when she is fighting with her friends, arguing with her mom, being pested by her sister, or wistfully hoping that something happens to make her life more exciting. I think that all readers can relate to fights with their best friends, awkard teenage moments and wishing there life was just a bit more fabulous. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a nice fun read.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Great read for YA and Adults alike!By Lucas Van EngenZeitlin dives thoroughly into the mind and world of the thirteen year-old Kelsey. She is hilariously self-centered (as any YA ought to be) and yet entirely lovable at the same time. I found myself thinking like a thirteen year old whenever I closed the book to leave the subway. One of the things I found enchanting about this book is what it must be like to grow up in Brooklyn. I know what it's like to live here as an adult, but what's that childhood like? I found myself enthralled with this little girl's obstacles, her ups and downs. If that's not enough, Zeitlin has a sharp edged humor that just kicks my ass. Two thumbs up and five stars. So far this year isn't going the way she planned but it is undeniably memorable. Kelsey Finkelstein is starting her freshman year of high school and she's determined to begin with a clean slate. Her arch-nemesis moved away this summer, finally giving her the chance to stand out on the soccer team and possibly catch the eye of her long-time crush. But things don't go as smoothly as Kelsey hopes and she finds herself navigating a series of increasingly hilarious situations. From mortifying pictures in the school paper to an unconventional lead role in the musical, all while avoiding her soccer captain's bad temper, Kelsey has her work cut out for her if she's going to survive freshman year. Freshman Year Other Unnatural Disastersis a lighter but still accomplished look into adolescent female friendship ... Love triangles, unfortunate photographs, soccer bullies and a mother who thinks she understands Typical Adolescent Behavior are just some of the obstacles [Kelsey Finkelstein] runs across in this sitcom-paced, laugh-out-loud book."NPRZeitlin offers a story that encompasses all the horrors and thrills of starting high school ... A hilarious look at freshman year, this story serves to prep the incoming for the best and the worst high school has to offer.BooklistKelsey is a funny, likable heroine who experiences realistic school and relationship problems that any teenage girl will be able to relate to[an] enjoyable diversion.Kirkus sReaders will enjoy this humorous story where friendship, family, and self-acceptance are much more important than plans for greatness. This coming-of-age novel will not only entertain but also educate those transitioning into high school. It is a quick read bound to appeal to a female audience.VOYAAs the humorous mishaps mount in this laugh-out-loud coming-of-age novel, Kelsey gains insight and perspective through introspection and dialogue with friends. The values of good friendships are further evidenced in the honesty Kelsey and Cass show when they reconcile. In a sweet reversal, Kelsey finds that one of her
many disasters has introduced her to a new guy who is, indeed, worth the wait.School Library JournalCute and sassy, open-minded and truthful, Kelsey Finkelstein will be your new best friend.E. Lockhart, author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksMeredith Zeitlin accurately portrays the rocky road of starting high school with humor and heart. Kelsey's character is realistic and believable, navigating disaster after disaster with strength and her trademark wry commentary. Friends, foes, drama, and loveFreshman Yearis full of it!Erin Dionne, author ofModels Dont Eat Chocolate CookiesWhen I was transitioning into high school I would have been better off had I readFreshman Year Other Unnatural Disasters.Kelsey and I would definitely have been friends.Kristen Schaal, comedian featured onThe Daily ShowandFlight of the Conchords variousAbout the AuthorMeredith Zeitlin is a writer and voice-over artist who lives in Brooklyn with two adorable feline roommates. She also writes a column for Ladygunn Magazine, changes her hair color every few months, and has many fancy pairs of spectacles.In case you're wondering whether any of Kelsey's experiences are based on Meredith's own, the answer is NO WAY. When she was fourteen, Meredith looked and behaved perfectly at all times, was never in a single embarrassing situation, and always rode to school on her very own unicorn.