Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters is the funniest book I've read in more than a year! Seriously, at some point I choked because I was laughing so hard. My friends would tell you that almost never happens. I don't know what it was about this book that was just so funny.
I think it was Kelsey. I love her. She's dramatic, and unsure, and gosh she makes a ton of mistakes. She grows though. She doesn't take herself too seriously and she's really a nice girl. She's kind of the life of the party. Stuff (usually some crazy, hilarious stuff) happens around her. I adored reading in her perspective. She's a freshman in high school so there's a lot of times she just felt really new or unsure about something and you could tell. I guess I liked the fact that overall she was strong, but she did have vulnerabilities.
What I also liked was how I could relate to the story. I'm a sophomore, and so I could understand a lot of the stuff Kelsey was going through (though my school is much smaller, has way less activities, and is much easier). I really enjoyed the memories that resurfaced last year, since my freshman year was a blast. Like when Kelsey talked about acting all mature because you're not kids anymore, I could remember having that same convo with my friends. The story wasn't 100% real, but it was entertaining and relatable. There were so many scenes and scenarios I completely understood like dealing with your parents, friends, and putting yourself out there. That's definitely one of the strengths. There's a lot in this book and (yes, I'm resorting to clichés) it has something for everyone.
The pacing of the book is excellent. Every single page is funny and I read some parts out loud because I adored the voice in the writing. Kelsey's life is never boring. Something is always happening, be it boy troubles, friend troubles, or even annoying little sister troubles. This made me finish the book really fast. The story is about Kelsey's freshman year so it covers a lot, but that doesn't mean there are endless pages of useless scenes. There are main events and the story kind of focuses on them.
Overall, I am so happy to have gotten this book to review. I wasn't sure it would be my style, but I loved it. It was so entertaining and I'm definitely going to recommend my school library buys a copy, and share this book to my friends. 4 awesome stars,