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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Please Don't Kill The Freshman : A Memoir by Zoe Trope

Please Don't Kill The Freshman is unlike anything I have ever read, which is why it is one of my favorite books. As soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down.

The book is a collection of rants and rambles by the author, who was only 14 when her book was published by a small press. It is separated into diary entries, therefore making it a pretty fast read.

The book seems to lack consistency, and at most points really doesn't make sense. The author's friends and family are the main characters, and she gives them eccentric nicknames like Linux Shoe, (her gay best friend who is also her love interest, even if it is unrequited) and Curry (fellow high school freshman who rebels against society and occasionally dresses in drag because of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.)

The actual content of the book screams angsty teenager, and is basically the whiny thoughts of a young girl who uses large words where they don't make sense just so she can sound poetic. However, teens will love it because of how relatable it is. Zoe's ranting will draw you in and make you want to continue reading about her life.

All in all, I would give it an 7 out of 10! A fun and interesting read that stands out from most other young adult books.

Note: You can follow Zoe Trope and her now adult rants on her website!

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