7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes by Amber Kizer

74%

13 Critic Reviews

Atypical chick-lit fare that deserves to stand beside McCafferty, Cabot and Rennison.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Okay, so here's the deal: there are books about volcanoes erupting and meteorites hitting Earth and plane crashes where the survivors have to eat people—those are extraordinary crises.

That's not what this book is about. I'm more the ordinary catastrophe type. This second semester of my sophomore year, there are basically 7 KINDS OF ORDINARY CATASTROPHES: high school, boys, heartbreak, family, job, friends, and the future.

Well, I guess everyone's life is full of ordinary catastrophes. These are mine. Hi, I'm Gert Garibaldi. Welcome to my crazy life.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Amber Kizer

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AMBER KIZER lives in the Seattle area on a veritable Noah's Ark, with a pair of dogs, a pair of cats, fifteen pairs of chickens, and uncounted pairs of shoes-without the big boat and only some of the rain. For more information about Amber, check out www.AmberKizer.com.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for 7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes
All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Nov 15 2011

Atypical chick-lit fare that deserves to stand beside McCafferty, Cabot and Rennison.

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Story Snoops on Oct 01 2011

Snarky, compulsively readable, and laugh out loud funny, 7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes is a great choice for older teen girls.

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Kiss the Book

Below average
Reviewed by Stephanie on Jul 18 2011

Gert’s brain/the book is so frantically busy that I felt like I had caught a communicable form of ADHD. Speaking of communicable, the sex talk in this book was a bit off for me.

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Book Passion for Life

Good
Reviewed by Donna on Mar 24 2011

Overall, a fun read. One I really enjoyed. I would totally recommend this for a summer read.

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Book Trends

Good
Reviewed by Margo Nauert on Sep 05 2011

Seven Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes is a hysterical look at adolescence that teenage girls will stay up all night reading.

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Galley Smith

Below average
on May 16 2011

All in all this one just wasn’t my cup of tea. I can, however, see where young girls will like it for Gert’s unique style. I suspect they might connect with some of the situations as well.

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A Story Untold

Good
Reviewed by Giota on Mar 18 2011

I truly believe that 7 Kinds... is a hidden gem that everyone has to discover and sink their teeth into!

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Bibliophile Support Group

Good
Reviewed by Angie L on Aug 22 2011

This is a wholly enjoyable and charming contemporary novel to lighten the mood between the darker paranormal books or more bitter-than-sweet stories .

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Christi the Teen Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Christi on Apr 05 2011

The characters in this story are incredible, and I so wanted to be a part of their group.

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Princess Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Tasha Nicole on Sep 10 2011

Most teenagers can relate to it, which I think makes it easier to understand.

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Library Lounge Lizard

Good
Reviewed by Darcy on May 13 2011

I can't imagine a teenage girl out there who wouldn't want Gert for a friend and they will enjoy her snarky-yet-likable personality.

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Not on Shelf

Good
Reviewed by Maya on Oct 06 2011

Gert Garibaldi's rants and raves are both brilliant and hilarious. Her energy is contagious.

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Kat in Books

Good
Reviewed by Kat on Mar 08 2011

If there is another semester of Gert in the works, I'd love to read about it!

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