Confessions of a High School Disaster…by Emma Chastain

Posted November 7, 2018 by Karen in Books, Mini Review, Reviews /

Confessions of a High School Disaster…by Emma ChastainChloe Snow's Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster Series: Chloe Snow's Diary #1
Also in this series: The Year of Living Awkwardly: Sophomore Year

by: Emma Chastain
Published by:Simon Pulse on March 7, 2017
Genres:Young Adult
Format: Mobi (Kindle file) Netgalley
Source: Publisher (via Netgalley)
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In the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary, a lovably flawed high school student chronicles her life as she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.

I’m Chloe Winter, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.

On the plus side, I got the lead in the musical!

On the down side…

1. I’m a kissing virgin (so so so embarrassing). 2. My best friend, Hannah, is driving me insane. 3. I think I’m in love with Mac Brody, the most popular senior guy, whose girlfriend is so beautiful she doesn’t even need eyeliner. 4. My dad won’t stop asking me if I’m okay. 5. Oh, and my mom moved to Mexico to work on her novel. But it’s fine—she’ll be back soon. She said so.

Mom tells me everything is copy. So I’m writing down all the horrible things that happen to me in this diary.

This is the worst year of my life so far, unless maybe it’s the best.

*I received this book for free from the Publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Confessions of a High School Disaster is the first installment of the Chloe Snow series. I read the second installment first and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and read ‘Confessions of a High School Disaster’.

In this book Chloe is just about to start high school. Her immaturity definitely shows through in this book. This makes sense as she is just at the beginning of both high school and her parents divorce. The combination of these two things definitely would push Chloe to concentrate on more important things than basic teenage stuff ( i.e. being a kissing virgin).

I think divorce is an important topic for YA to tackle as its something many teens must work through and I think COAHSD did it well. One of the most eye-opening aspects for me was Chloe was how her opinion of her mother’s actions changed throughout the story. In the beginning Chloe made excuses for her mother’s actions. Later on she realized that her father is the one who stayed and her mother was the irresponsible one. I also really enjoyed Chloe’s relationship with her dog. I love YA stories that include pets. I also loved that this relationship helped Chloe work through her parents divorce and her mothers abandonment.

While I didn’t enjoy this installment as much as the first one, I am glad I read it as it fills in the blanks for me. I plan on reading the rest of the series and am excited to see what happens in Chloe’s junior year.

About Emma Chastain

Emma Chastain is a graduate of Barnard College and the creative writing MFA program at Boston University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.


About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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2 responses to “Confessions of a High School Disaster…by Emma Chastain

  1. I am such a fan of this series. I thought Chloe was a really well crafted character. I loved her voice and thought she grew so much over the course of this book. I am so excited about the third book.