Monday, July 18, 2011

Seven kinds of ordinary catastrophes by Amber Kizer –OPTIONAL

Kizer, Amber Seven kinds of ordinary catastrophes, 304 pgs. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011. $11.89. Language-PG13 (lots of sex talk); Violence-G; Sexual Content-PG13).
Gert is a high school sophomore with a lot on her mind, and she doesn’t hold back from telling the reader her every thought, idea, and detail. She is dumped by a guy she might not have actually liked in the first place. In fact his awful kissing makes her question her own sexual orientation. She has three best friends, and their lives can be drama at times. Gert also joins the soccer team to get closer to a crush. All while coping with her family, her schoolwork, and the day to day of growing up. Basically a snippet from the normal life of a normal teen.
A second book in a series, this book easily functions as a stand alone. Gert’s brain/the book is so frantically busy that I felt like I had caught a communicable form of ADHD. Speaking of communicable, the sex talk in this book was a bit off for me. It wasn’t the normal teenage sex on the brain kind of stuff, it went just one step beyond that. I would say for public libraries only, but overall the book was a fairly typical everyday life teen book, (no moral lessons, no life lessons, no scary plot twists) so if you need one of those, this is your option.
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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