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We bought it for the 17-year-old daughter of a friend, and she totally enjoyed it.
I loved the honesty with which Zulkey allowed her characters to discuss the college experience, and I especially loved the sense of humor that was present throughout.
I know that some people might have problems reading a story about a girl that really doesn't do anything for a year but for me it was so honest and real.
I read this in one day. Enjoyed it from start to finish. Zulkey created a true person in the protagonist Cecily -- a protagonist I frequently wanted to throttle, to be sure --... Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. M. Sienko
We bought it for the 17-year-old daughter of a friend, and she totally enjoyed it. Well written and fun for those who aren't even remotely close to being teenagers any longer. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stan Delahoyde
the book was a little lame, but readable until I got the the statement that the main character's father wanted her to choose a school that "didn't cost and arm and a leg". Hello! Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Andi
Cecily Powell is very spoiled. She backs out of college right after receiving her dorm keys, and her father is all right with that. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Ann Logue
With Cecily, Zulkey does an excellent job of capturing the awe, aimlessness, fears, and social anxiety of being a teenager. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Rachel Kramer Bussel
"An Off Year" truly captures the frame of mind we all experienced between high school and college, no matter how long it took to decide what to do with one's life. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by Chi Gal