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Chastain, Emma. The Year of Living Awkwardly, Sophomore Year: Chloe Snow's Diary, Book 2.

Chastain, Emma. The Year of Living Awkwardly, Sophomore Year: Chloe Snow's Diary, Book 2. Simon Pulse, July 2018. 384p. $18.99. 978-1-481-48878-5.

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High school can be a minefield for teen girls, and for many, sophomore year is the worst. For Chloe Snow, everything in her life is just off. Her mom has run away to Mexico; her dad is dating her English teacher; the mean girls have invaded her sacred pool space; her former boyfriend keeps messing with her heart; and a gangly freshman might want to be her new boyfriend. It is a lot for a girl to wrap her head around while trying not to be embarrassed all the time. As her sophomore year progresses, Chloe learns she cannot keep avoiding the issues that bother her the most, that things will not simply resolve themselves on their own. In learning these lessons, Chloe gains confidence and voice.

While The Year of Living Awkwardly is the second book in the Chloe Snow series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Teens reading this novel will thoroughly understand Chloe's angst, fears, and insecurities. Readers will be left wondering what will be in store for Chloe during her junior year.

--Charla Hollingsworth.

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Author:Hollingsworth, Charla
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Book review
Date:Aug 1, 2018
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