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FRESHMAN YEAR AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Another goofy, sweet teenage girl pratfalls through her first year of high school in this winsome, if predictable debut.Kelsey Finkelstein may live in New York City, but her life is far from that of Gossip Girl. Instead of high-stakes social politics and steamy hook-ups, Kelsey's life consists of evading the nosy clutches of her interfering mother while trying to maintain strong ties with her ... Read full review

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Fourteen-year-old Brooklynite Kelsey Finkelstein is just about to embark on her high school debut and dreams about all the good things in store. This year will be different: she will be the soccer ... Read full review

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Zeitlin 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.  

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