So, letâ€™s say youâ€™re fourteen years old and you live in New York City.
(Well, technically you live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which is very close to and almost just like Manhattanâ€¦ except not.) Youâ€™d think your life would be like a glamorous TV show, right? And yet...
You donâ€™t have a checking account, much less a personal Black American Express Card. No fake ID, either â€“ not that youâ€™d pass for 21 in a million years even if you did. The only couture in your closet is a Halloween costume your mom made out of an old laundry bag when you were eleven. Youâ€™ve never been to a club, or had a drink served in a martini glass or, frankly, done anything really NYC-ish at all.
You definitely donâ€™t have any secret powers, or friends who are vampires, or magical weapons stored in your parentsâ€™ basement. Youâ€™re about as normal and totally boring as a human being living in the most exciting city on the planet could possibly be.
In other words? Youâ€™re me: Kelsey Finkelstein.
But donâ€™t despair, peopleâ€”Iâ€™m starting high school in less than a week! This is going to be the year that I live up to all of my untapped potentialâ€”finally.
I have to sayâ€¦ Iâ€™m feeling almost optimistic.
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters was published by G. P. Putnamâ€™s Sons on March 1, 2012.