'The Year of Living Awkwardly' Is The Perfect Back-To-School Read

'The Year of Living Awkwardly' Is The Perfect Back-To-School Read

Our favorite high school disaster starts sophomore year.

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"The Year of Living Awkwardly" is the second book in the Chloe Snow's Diary series by Emma Chastain. The first book, "Confessions of A High School Disaster" follows Chloe Snow, a Massachusetts teen, through her freshman year of high school, and this book picks up right where the last one stopped, with Chloe working at the pool during the summer.

At her job, Chloe gets to know incoming freshman Grady, who has a crush on her. However, she is wary of dating a freshman because she's worried about what the people at school will think. It's not until they get back to school that she realizes she actually likes him back, but it's too late, as he is already dating the most popular and low-key meanest girl in her grade.

Chloe's mom, who has been living in Mexico for the past year, is trying to win a custody agreement to have her stay in Mexico for part of the year and attempts to manipulate Chloe through email into agreeing. Meanwhile, Chloe's dad is dating her English teacher/drama club director, and she has to deal with having another woman in the house that isn't her mom after a year of it being just her and her dad.

Fuckboy Mac Brody returns from college, revealing that he broke up with his girlfriend, with intentions to hook up with Chloe. Since Chloe had wished to be with him all last year, while he played around with her even though he had a girlfriend, she decides to give him a chance since Grady is already dating someone anyway. Ultimately, Chloe feels cheap and ashamed to be hooking up with Mac and tells him it's over because she deserves something more serious.

Chloe also has to deal with her best friend Hannah becoming friends with the same mean girl that is dating Grady, and Hannah not believing Chloe about her being mean. Her other best friend Tristan is heartbroken because his college boyfriend didn't want to keep up a long distance relationship, but agrees to go out with Elliot, a nice boy that's in drama club with him, Chloe, and Hannah, that visibly likes Tristan more than he likes Elliot.

After a subpar audition, Chloe is dismayed to find out that she's going to be part of the ensemble in their spring musical, "South Pacific," after playing Maria in "The Sound of Music" last year. She decides not to quit because she'd miss her friends too much if she did. Chloe additionally thinks, during a warm-up exercise backstage before opening night, that being in the ensemble has led her to get to know a lot of the people in the cast, and now she actually cares a lot more about the other people doing the energy circle with her, as opposed to last year when she only interacted with the other leads.

I would highly recommend this book; Chloe is a very relatable character that goes through emotions we can all understand and has experiences that are very familiar to any reader.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

SEE ALSO: Signs You Suffer From Post-Cheerleading Depression

18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Why ASU's Loss Last Saturday Is Actually Pretty Impressive

Statistically, it was painful to watch, but the matchup was actually amazing.

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I must admit, ASU's loss against the San Diego State Aztecs did sting as the performance as a whole for the Sun Devil's was anything short of satisfactory. The defense was unable to stop any sort of run-game against SDSU and the pass coverage was virtually nonexistent. The offense encountered some great problems as well, as their rushing yards were completely obliterated in the second half and their passing yards were sub-par compared to previous games played.

I'll get you why it was impressive later, but first, we need to talk about the stats...

If we take a look at the statistics given by ESPN, we can see the differences. The main factor I'd like to point out is the discrepancy between the total rushing yards versus the total passing yards between each team. Manny Wilkins threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns that night for ASU, while Ryan Agnew threw for 129 yards and 1 touchdown for SDSU. The Sun Devils also topped SDSU in receiving yards as well, with Frank Darby receiving for 127 yards for ASU while Ethan Dedeux received for only 30 yards that night for SDSU. The only thing the Aztecs countered ASU in was in rushing yards, as Eno Benjamin carried for only 21 yards versus a whopping 138 yards and 1 touchdown for Juwan Washington for SDSU. At the end of the night, the Aztecs not only won, but lead in the most key elements of the game being 1st downs, possession, and total yards.

ASU's defense clearly needs improvement in stopping the run game, especially when taking on heavy rushing teams later in the season like Stanford, Washington, and Utah.

This game was impressive though, in my opinion, because after all the frustration and problems ASU had throughout the game, they still managed to make it a close game. I mean if you gave me those stats and didn't show me the score (or touchdowns stats of course), then I would've assumed SDSU would've won by such a greater margin. Despite playing as poorly as ASU did, it is noteworthy that they kept a game a nail-biter until the very last play. Other Pac-12 teams should definitely take notes that even if the Sun Devils look down and out they still keep playing and never give up, and I think that the hiring of Coach Herm Edwards had a lot to do with that and the culture that he and his coaching staff have implemented.

The next game the Sun Devils will take on the Washington Huskies who are currently ranked 11th in the AP Top 25. It's unsure what ASU will be able to do against Washington since they are a very heavy rushing team and can also implement a dangerous pass-game. This will be the first conference game for ASU, so from here on out the games start mattering more and all we can do as fans is offer our support strong for the team through win, loss, or draw.

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