Synopses & Reviews
A laugh-out-loud high school adventure set in Greece, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot
High school sophomore Zona Lowell has lived in New York City her whole life, and plans to follow in the footsteps of her renowned-journalist father. But when he announces theyre moving to Athens for six months so he can work on an important new story, she's devastated he must have an ulterior motive. See, when Zona's mother married an American, her huge Greek family cut off contact. But Zona never knew her mom, and now shes supposed to uproot her entire life and meet possibly hostile relatives on their turf? Thanks... but no thanks.
In the vein of Anna and the French Kiss, Zona navigates a series of hilarious escapades, eye-opening revelations, and unexpected reunions in a foreign countryall while documenting the trip through one-of-a-kind commentary.
[A] fresh, genuinely funny picture of an earnest yet hapless teen . . .(BCCB)
"[A] solidly enjoyable read sprinkled with laughs, puzzles, a few groans, some oh-I-get-it nods, and generally good geeky fun throughout."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
Rave Reviews for The Symptoms of My Insanity
“Its a generous book, overstocked with characters and dialogue, and it should succeed in putting any readers problem into a wider, and funnier, perspective.”—Booklist
“[A] realistic debut . . . What could be tragic events for Izzy are tempered by her self-deprecating humor, plenty of female support and a chance for real romance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rafs writing style is light and funny yet grounded in the often painful sensibilities of teenagers.”—VOYA
“Readers will likely appreciate a refreshing upheaval of mean-girl stereotypes.”—Publishers Weekly
“Run like the dickens . . . and order this bad boy right now!”—MTVs Hollywood Crush Blog
This hilarious novel chronicles Scott's freshman year, as he decides that high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual. Here Scott records his first year of bullies, romance, honors, classes, and brotherhood.
Starting high school is never easy. Seniors take your lunch money. Girls youve known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable. And you can never get enough sleep. Could there be a worse time for Scotts mother to announce shes pregnant? Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling. Meanwhile, hes trying his best to capture the attention of Julia, the freshman goddess. In the process, Scott manages to become involved in nearly everything the school has to offer. So while he tries to find his place in the confusing world of high school, win Julias heart, and keep his sanity, Scott will be recording all the details for his siblingsand yourenjoyment.
Starting high school is never easy. Seniors take your lunch money. Girls you’ve known forever are suddenly beautiful and unattainable.The guys you grew up with are drifting away.And you can never get enough sleep. Could there be a worse time for Scott’s mother to announce she’s pregnant? Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips for his new sibling. Scott’s chronicle of his first year of bullies, romance, honors classes, and brotherhood is both laugh-out-loud funny and touchingly wise.
About the Author
Mindy Raf ( www.mindyraf.com) is a writer, comedienne, and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. She has written for CollegeHumor, VH1, TNT, The Daily Comedy Network, and was a contributor to the "My Parents Were Awesome" anthology. She has been invited to perform at the Women in Comedy Festival, SketchFestNYC, and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, where she was named a "stellar surprise" by The Portland Mercury.