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Bri Meets Books

Children's and YA literature reviews.

Waiting on Wednesday is an event started and hosted by Breaking the Spine. Every Wednesday, you spotlight the releases you’re awaiting.

My first W.O.W. is Claire Zulkey’s An Off Year. I first read about this release in an interview with the editor by Lauren B Jorkman at the Class of 2K9 blog. Looking it up brought me to the author’s website, the hilarious Zulkey.com.

Cecily has always done everything as she was supposed to: taken the right classes, gotten the right grades, applied to the right colleges. But after a lifetime of following the rules, she surprises everyone by arriving for her freshman year of college . . . and turning around. There are infinite possibilities for Cecily’s unexpected gap year. She could volunteer, or travel around the world—but, for now, Cecily is content to do absolutely nothing. What follows is a year of snarkily observed self-doubt and selfdiscovery during which Cecily must ask herself, for the first time, what does she really want to do with her life?

September 22, 2009

As somebody who has absolutely been there in that gap between high school and college (and went to college anyhow for a frustrating couple of years), I can totally relate. Plus I’ll read anything with the word “snarkily” in the description. Also, that cover just catches your eye immediately.

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