Book Review Confessions of a High School Disaster

Book review of Confessions of a High School Disaster

Book: Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain

I was delighted to receive an Advance Reader's Copy of this novel as part of a YA Blogger promotion from Simon & Schuster Canada. All opinions are my own, and I was not additionally compensated for this post beyond the complementary novel.


Chloe Snow is a regular high school freshman dealing with all of the trials that come with being a teenager. Being a teenager in the modern world brings about its own set of challenges relating to peer pressure, social media and challenging parents. Throughout the novel Chloe’s life changes in unexpected ways that many teenagers can relate to family issues, discovering one’s own sexuality and friendship quarrels.


This was a very enjoyable realistic fiction read. It is written in diary format which makes the reader feel like they are listening to a friend discuss their daily life. I know that my students enjoy reading books in alternative formats. I liked the author’s writing style – it sounded like an authentic teenage voice.

My only concern is the emphasis on the main character’s sexual discovery throughout the novel. This content would be more suited to a high school classroom library than my personal middle school classroom library. The book would interest female students in Grade 9 or 10, due to the content, writing style and teenage “chick lit” genre. 

I found this novel available for purchase online through Amazon or Chapters/Indigo.

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