Author: Emma Chastain
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
**Edited: Apparently the book is now scheduled to come out April 20, 2017**
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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.
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
I love reading books that occur in or around a high school. Since I graduated last year, I still feel that I am able to relate to the storyline a bit better than others. As we have all been teenagers before, we know that entering high school for the first time can seem a bit daunting.
The overall main characters seem a bit dramatic, but I didn’t expect anything less. When transitioning from grade school to high school, it is a hard switch, being able to balance friends, school, and family. The result from this is drama, which is always a coping mechanism for teenagers (and sometimes adults). Along with this drama, there are evident teenager things that happen throughout the book, including falling in love, making enemies and friends, as well as losing friends, even becoming close or distant with family members.
My favourite part about this book was the little quirks that the author included with the main character, Chloe Snow. Some of these being:
- Benedict Cumberbatch Shrine, because, let’s all be honest with ourselves, I know that we all have one
- Chloe’s addiction to books, and proving that there is nothing wrong with it
- The little fact about Canada and how we have Roulette Doritos
- The noise of a click-clack of a person typing on a phone angers her (much like myself)
As I often found in a school, which is present throughout this story, is that everyone at school tends to wear a mask, which covers who they are and what is really occurring in their lives outside of school. By doing this, the outcomes of what happens when you keep this bottled up for too long often results in an outburst of anger, frustration and the feeling of losing one’s self.
In the end, I love the story that this tells. Much like many of the other books that I have reviewed in relation to high school, the portrayal of the setting is very realistic. The cliche groups that are in every school, and being able to find yourself is what is meant to happen in high school (for most). I highly recommend this book for anyone that is looking for a fictional, yet a real-life book about the troubles and consequences that everyone has as they grow older.