I’m participating today in "Waiting On" Wednesday. It is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and its purpose is to spotlight eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.
I go through reading phases. Or it may be more accurate to call them ‘periods,’ because they can last several years at a time. High school was my classics period, college & grad school were my fantasy and sci-fi years. For the past several it’s been young adult plus fantasy, but recently I’ve found some really great contemporary YA to throw in with that. Not to mention middle grade, which I count as my best decision in the past months. In any case, this week’s WoW pick is my attempt to keep the streak of great contemporary YA going. Meredith Zeitlin’s debut novel looks like fun, awkward, and cute all rolled into one awesome package, and I can’t wait to read it. Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters releases from G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin) on March 1, 2012.
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…
What books are you waiting on?