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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters

Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters - Meredith Zeitlin Contemporary YA books can be fun to read even when you’re not a young adult anymore. The problem with many of those books is they’re hard to relate to. I’ve noticed a trend of books that focuses on the ‘wealthy’ kids. Most people don’t come from very well off families. Both of parents have to work. We don’t have credit cards. We have to shop at some less than desirable stores. You get the picture but that’s normal for many, many people.Freshman Year emphasizes that point of normalcy and therefore Kelsey is very easy to relate to. Zeitlin makes Kelsey “every girl” without going the Twilight route and making her nondescript. In many respects, I knew exactly how Kelsey felt because I too had been there. Trying to figure out how to make your mark a few days before freshman year begins? Oh yeah, I definitely had that conversation with my friends. Mom buying you a hideous piece of clothing that she thinks is “cute”? Check. Acting like a bumbling idiot in front of your new classmates? Double check. If you aren’t able to identify with Kelsey just a little bit, you probably aren’t being honest with your self.Kelsey is a fabulous protagonist. She keeps going and trying to make things better. No matter how much crap life dumped on her, she kept going because things have to get better eventually, right? I know I would have probably given up and turned into a hermit if all that happened to me.Freshman Year is absolutely hilarious. It’s also one of those books that only hilarious because it’s not you living through the embarrassment. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed while reading. The author was able to capture Kelsey’s voice perfectly. She absolutely sounded like a 14 year old girl. I know I had friends that sounded just like her. It really didn’t feel like an adult trying to speak like how she thinks a 14 year old would (or should) sound.The bottom line? It’s a hilarious story and perfect for brightening your day. Highly recommended.*Received from author in exchange for an honest review