Young Adult Contemporary
Expected Publication: March 1st, 2012 by Putnam
Source: Publisher *for review*
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…
Kelsey Finkelstein has stolen my heart away! Now this is the kind of character I love to read about. She’s sarcastic, enthusiastic, and absolutely hilarious! I spent so much time laughing when reading this book and at one point it took me ten minutes to read 3 pages because I was laughing so hard. I love that feeling! And when I finished I was ready to pick it up and start it all over again and I very rarely feel that way even when I do love a book. Kelsey might overreact about some things but her ability to accept the inevitable is astounding. She ends up taking it in stride and I loved that about her. It seemed one thing after another happened to her and the embarrassing things she goes through has you thinking that she’s just going to give up and walk away, but no way! That is definitely not her style. She follows through with everything she starts.
Now Kelsey is not only a fabulous character in her personality but she felt real to me. The things she thinks and does (as well as the other characters in the book) just feels real. We know that teens drink and there’s some drinking involved but it’s actually mostly responsible drinking. I mean, she’s not all getting drunk and running around the city or doing stupid things. I was actually okay with how it played out, it all worked and felt right to me.
This book has a touch of romance and it’s definitely very sweet but it’s really only a touch and not much of anything until the end. I thought it was great because we actually have a chance for some real build up and never really know if things would ever go anywhere. The tension was unbelievable and perfect and although I wanted to see more it really was perfect.
This is a light hearted and fun book but it has real teen issues. These are things that normal everyday teens deal with. Friendship, romance, parties, school activities, family, it’s all real stuff. No one’s dying, no one has an eating disorder or is suicidal. But even though it has no big issues, these are Kelsey’s issues and we see them as she sees them and they are still things she has to deal with. And I absolutely loved how this book went. How the author made things that may seem boring and mundane absolutely captivating. She blew me away and I am very eager for more from Meredith Zeitlin, this is one of the funnest (and funniest) books I’ve ever read! I very highly recommend you pick it up!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way. I read the ARC version of the book and the final version may have slight changes.