Author: Meredith Zeitlin
Released: March 1, 2012 (debut novel)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Public library
Goodreads Summary: 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…
This book is written in first-person from Kelsey’s point-of-view, and you can clearly and immediately hear her Typical Adolescent voice calling from the pages. Kelsey’s whole world is soooo unfair — her mother is always in her business (she feels), her little sister gets everything she wants (according to Kelsey), and everyone else has is so much better than her (she thinks).
I love the relationship that she has with her best friends. Even when times were difficult, and they didn’t see eye-to-eye, you could still tell that they all truly cared for and loved one another. Cassidy made me agitated for a while, but I was fine by the end of the novel 🙂
There were quite a few instances when I literally laughed out loud. Poor Kelsey couldn’t seem to catch a break sometimes, and her reactions were just priceless. With her wit and self-deprecating humor, she reminds me of Georgia Nicolson from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Lousie Rennison.
I think the thing that I enjoyed most was that I could look back on my own high school experience and remember feeling all of the emotions that Kelsey felt. When some of my freshmen next school year read it, I’m hoping that they will see a little of themselves in Kelsey’s story and know that they’re not alone.