Review/Blog Tour: Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain
In the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary, a lovably flawed high school student chronicles her life as she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.
I’m Chloe Snow, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.
1. I’m a kissing virgin (so so so embarrassing).
2. My best friend, Hannah, is driving me insane.
3. I think I’m in love with Mac Brody, senior football star, whose girlfriend is so beautiful she doesn’t even need eyeliner.
4. My dad won’t stop asking me if I’m okay.
5. Oh, and my mom moved to Mexico to work on her novel. But it’s fine—she’ll be back soon. She said so.
Mom says the only thing sadder than remembering is forgetting, so I’m going to write down everything that happens to me in this diary. That way, even when I’m ninety, I’ll remember how awkward and horrible and exciting it is to be in high school.
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A journal based novel is such an interesting and unique idea for the young adult market! Chloe is truly the definition of a disaster, Emma’s writing draws you in, even if it is only to yell Chloe for being a hot mess. Chloe is only 14 years old; however, I felt that a lot of the topics discussed reached way beyond her 14 years and it would have been better suited to someone in the 16-17 age range. She frequently talks about hand jobs, how horny she is, how she is going to be a spinster since she is 14 and doesn’t have a boyfriend, it is all very over-dramatic. So while Emma flawlessly captures the teenage mind, she also captures how annoying, selfish, and obnoxious teenagers are.
You also see the aspect of friendship playing a huge role in this book, which is a challenge I think a lot of young adults face. Do your friendships grow as you grow into your own person or do you just drift apart? I felt like Chloe’s story was a little too dramatic and over-the-top at times, I wished the parental drama would have been left alone, it just created this chaotic story line where Chloe was being pulled in multiple directions. This resulted in me having unanswered questions by the time I closed the last page. So while I didn’t fall in-love with this story, I think this is a solid debut novel.
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