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7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes Hardcover – April 5, 2011

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Grade 8–10—Brainy and brassy Gert Garibaldi, high school sophomore, is still navigating the ups and downs of life in this sequel to One Butt Cheek at a Time (Delacorte, 2007). Punctuated with frank rants (some more crass than others), the narrative proves her to be a witty, intelligent, and insecure teen trying to figure out who she is (while getting it all on paper). Along the way she feels the pressure of SATs and SEX, though she's more ready for one than the other. Dumped by a boyfriend whose (lack of) kissing skills leaves Gert questioning her sexuality, she supports her closest friends, Clarice and Maggie, and, of course, the sometimes-neglectful-but-still-best-friend Adam, whose romance with Tim struggles under the weight of unsupportive parents and homophobic classmates. Gert gets hired (peddling doughnuts sounded easy) and tired (running around for the new soccer team, attempting to catch crush Lucas's eye). In the midst of a family crisis, she rises to the occasion, demonstrating growth and a responsible side. With her snarkiness and verve (but with more depth and less nonsense), Gert will appeal to older fans of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson (HarperCollins). Sexual situations, creative swearing, and underage drinking are included. Reading the earlier title isn't necessary but new readers might be compelled to do so. The ending suggests a third installment, and fans of the first two books will likely clamor for it.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
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Praise for One Butt Cheek at a Time:

“Readers will be cheering [Gert] along as she learns to follow her instincts instead of her illusions. A shot in the arm of an otherwise tiresomely formulaic genre.”—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734325
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,789,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a horrible book. I was shocked that its recommended for kids/teens.
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By pete on January 18, 2016
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I've read all of her published work since; love them all. I enjoy the topics and the writing. Very happy to have on my shelf for my kids to read when they get older.
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