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**Recommended for 14+
In a Nutshell: High school hijinks (with a double side of heart 'n' hormones!) | This hilarious diary-format account of a year in a 14 year-old girl’s life is a madcap, modern day mash-up of Louise Rennison, Jacqueline Wilson and a teenage Bridget Jones.
Chloe Snow (an emotional pendulum, by all accounts) is about to start ninth grade when her flighty mom leaves their suburban home to work on her novel in Mexico. Feeling somewhat abandoned, Chloe throws herself into realising her dream of actually kissing someone for the first time, and into performing in her high school musical. There are countless moments that will make readers LOL (the moment Chloe brazenly pops her kissing cherry is comedy gold), but it’s not all larks and laughs. Chloe really misses her mom, and her world kind-of caves in when she realises what’s really going on with her parents, alongside dealing with vicious trolls, and having her heart messed about with.
Packed with witty one-liners and oodles of embarrassing episodes, this entertaining cry-with-laughter-cringe-fest is a delicious dessert of a read. ~ Joanne Owen
Basically all I did in junior high was text, straighten my hair, add to my Benedict Cumberbatch shrine, and worry about how to be more popular. Thinking about it makes me cringe. I want to be different in high school. Like a new person. And I want to make out with someone. It's so humiliating that I'm a kissing virgin at this advanced age. The longer I go un-smooched, the more freakish I feel. If I graduate high school without being kissed, I'll be too embarrassed to kiss anyone during college, and then I'll most likely die without ever even getting to second base.
Something has to change fast. This I vow: I will kiss a guy before New Year's Eve. (Or maybe it'll happen ON New Year's Eve?) OK, this I vow: I will kiss a guy before New Year's Day. Vow TAKEN.
Fourteen-year-old Chloe Snow is about to start ninth grade when her brilliant, beautiful, artistic mum announces she can't create great art in suburban Massachusetts, and goes to Mexico to work on her novel. Bewildered at being left behind with only her (socially awkward) dad as company, Chloe throws herself into a series of new pursuits, including auditioning for the school a cappella group, making new friends, and landing the lead in the school musical. In the course of these adventures, she attracts the attention of Mac Brody, the cuter half of THE Senior Couple, and Bernadette Sanz, the school's Meanest Senior Girl.
And then things begin to go pretty seriously wrong. Can Chloe recover from a gigantic mess of her own creation? And will her mum's Eat, Pray, Love-fest EVER end? Told in 365 diary entries, one for each day of the most seminal year of Chloe's life so far, this laugh-out-loud novel is peppered with texts, lists, emails and tweets, making it a modern take on the classic teen coming-of-age story.
|Publication date:||20th April 2017|
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Humorous, Romance / Relationship Stories|
Emma Chastain is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Creative Writing Program at Boston University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.More About Emma Chastain