“It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Keith–well his eyes are sort of uneven.”
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Isn’t it great when books contain quotes that make you giggle? The leave you laughing for no good reason long after you’ve left that page? Â That’s how I feel about Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters! I read the book a few years ago and LOVED IT! Since I had a high school freshman at home, Zeitlin’s characters made me laugh when my own freshman made me want to scream!
Poor Kelsey Finkelstein is a piece of work. Â She’s a good friend, but if anything strange or stupid is going to happen, it will happen to her. Â And Kelsey takes it pretty good naturedly, which is rare, considering high school is so difficult. All the drama!
So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I won an audible.com download of Freshman Year in a contest! You might be a rereader like me and given the heavy book I’d just finished (review to come later) and I needed something light and fun. Â The great thing about this download is that the author herself is the reader! I think it’s great when the author narrates the book because she wrote the book and knows where the inflections should be. Â Neil Gaiman is a good example of this good phenomena.
Meredith Zeitlin is another. Â Meredith wrote the book and she embodies the teenage angst of Kelsey. Â I’m silently wondering if Kelsey might have been Zeitlin’s Â teenage alter ego. Â She’s great.
Freshman Year is a young adult book, but could be read by 13 yr olds. Â The language is mild compared to other YA books I’ve read. Â Because Kelsey is Jewish and someone comes out during the story this bookÂ qualifies for The Diversity Challenge!
Did I mention I’m so GLAD i’m not entering high school again?