The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year by Emma Chastain (Book Review ft. Amazon Affiliate Link)

 

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High school student Chloe Snow chronicles another year in her life while she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in her diary.

It’s Chloe Snow’s sophomore year of high school, and life has only grown more complicated.

Last year, Chloe was the star of the musical. This year, after an audition so disastrous she runs off the stage in tears, she’s cast as a lowly member of the ensemble. Will she be able to make it through the show knowing everyone’s either pitying her or reveling in her downfall?

Chloe’s best friend, Hannah, is no help: she’s been sucked into the orbit of Lex, the velvet-gloved, iron-fisted ruler of the sophomore class. Chloe’s dad is busy falling in love with Miss Murphy, and Chloe is no longer speaking to her mother, who is sending her increasingly desperate and unhinged emails from Mexico. As her parents’ divorce negotiations unravel, a custody battle looms.

If only Chloe could talk to Grady about it: his parents are divorced, and he’s easy to talk to. Or he was, until he declared his love for Chloe, and she turned him down because despite all her rational brain cells she can’t seem to get over Mac, and then Grady promptly started going out with Lex.

As the performance of the show approaches, Chloe must find a way to navigate all the messy elements of her life and make it through to the end of the year.

(This post does contain an Amazon affiliate link, if you do purchase the book through my link I do make a small commission off of it.)

Chloe Snow is back and not better than ever, her life is still falling apart and she can’t figure out how to stop it from crumbling all around her. Her strong relationship with her dad is one of the only constant things in her life until her dad starts dating her English teacher and is paying more attention to her. Her mom is using her as a pawn in a custody battle and her best friend has been stolen by her arch-enemy. So yeah, Sophomore year isn’t that much better than freshman year.

Chloe Snow is your average high school girl, she wants a boyfriend, to have lots of friends, get a good part in the school musical and leave high school unharmed. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Chloe is fun, rude, sassy, and a normal teenage girl. Her friends are normal teenagers and they all stick together, except when they dont. They experience heartbreak, what it feels like to be included by the popular crowd and falling in love over and over again.

Her ex-fling thing comes back to town, messing with her head and making it clear to her that she doesn’t like him anymore. Chloe bonds with Miss Murphy and learns more about what she really wants.

I loved this book! I love Chloe and her friends, its laugh-out-loud funny and made me want to pull out all my old journals from when I was in high school and read about my friends and our antics while I was in high school.

I high recommend this to anyone looking for a light and funny contemporary read!

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