Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense
By Corinne Mucha
Published by Zest Books, 2011
112 pages (paperback)
Annie has just started high school and she’s a mess. Her older brother has told her that her freshman year will strongly affect the rest of her life, and if that’s true her future is looking grim: She’s a loser at sports, is jealous of everyone, and has totally fallen in love with her best friend’s older brother. When she gets cast as a moaning, hunched-over old lady in the school play, she starts to forget about the rest of her life. Now she just wants to make it through freshman year. (from barnesandnoble.com)
It’s almost time for UMS 8th graders to be 9th graders!!! Don’t worry, most of you will be just fine, but if you want a bit of perspective, go ahead and pick up this book. Sure, this graphic novel about freshman year was pretty predictable (do all books about freshmen have a school musical/play?), but it was light-hearted and enjoyable.
I think what I liked best was that the illustrations weren’t that great. I mean, they are MUCH better than what I could do, but the people were shaped awkwardly… kind of like how freshman year is often awkward.
This book does give some good advice when it comes to starting a new grade or a new school… be open to meeting new people, trying new things, and having new experiences. You never know what might happen if you do.