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April Sinclair just wants what any normal thirteen-year-old would want: to disown her parents and obnoxious little sisters; to escape to summer camp ASAP with her two best friends, Billy and Brynn; and to make a good impression on Matt Parker, the hot new boy next door.Unfortunately, Matt witnesses April's utter humiliation at her birthday party. Then Billy kisses her. JusApril Sinclair just wants what any normal thirteen-year-old would want: to disown her parents and obnoxious little sisters; to escape to summer camp ASAP with her two best friends, Billy and Brynn; and to make a good impression on Matt Parker, the hot new boy next door.Unfortunately, Matt witnesses April's utter humiliation at her birthday party. Then Billy kisses her. Just as April is trying to figure things out, her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. A summer of babysitting her sisters and "re-bonding" with her family isn't how she imagined life as a teenager. And it certainly won t help her straighten out her feelings about Billy or Matt. Is there any silver lining to a road trip in The Clunker with her family of misfits?...

Title : Can You Say Catastrophe?
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ISBN : 9781467709255
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Can You Say Catastrophe? Reviews

  • Safa
    2019-03-11 16:07

    I thought this book was really good, and I liked it especially because it had a lot of stuff to do with middle-school and drama, (all that sorts of stuff, I'm in middle-school too.)The thing I liked the most about this book is that April found a way to make a better life for herself by being a little more open-minded and that she found someone to talk to, (her dad, that she didn't expect to talk to before,) and explained everything, and learned from her mistakes+the advice her dad gave her.

  • Adriana
    2019-02-28 11:01

    This was a quick and fun read. I can understand all that April was feeling and dealt with. At that age everything is embarrassing. The different formatting of journal writing was nice. I'm surprised that things didn't end up differently for her and her love life. Could have had some more drama there to add more to the story.

  • Kalson A
    2019-03-13 10:03

    I thought this book was a very good start to the series. it makes you want to read the whole series.

  • The Library Lady
    2019-02-27 13:02

    Thirteen year old girl acts like a 13 year girl, complete with boy confusion, being embarrassed by her parents, her little sisters and everything else in her life. Goes on a trip with her family and gets over most of the family stuff. Comes home and works out the boy issue.Nothing new here, unless you're a girl of this age who hasn't read a thousand similar books.Except perhaps for some talk about her "boobs" that may offend the sort of prudish adults who flinched a few years back at the word "scrotum". And even that here reminds me of reading Are You There God? It's Me, Margaretback in the 70s....

  • Bernadette
    2019-03-02 09:19

    Just finished my first book for #cramthon

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-02-24 12:21

    Can You Say Catastrophe is the first book in the new The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair book series by Laurie Friedman. It is scheduled for release on October 1 2013. The story begins with the morning of April Sinclair's birthday and follows the spring and summer of her year. April wants the same things most tweens and teens want, to spend more time with her friends and less with her family, to be treated like an adult. While April tries to figure out ways to overcome embarrassing situations, her first kisses, changing friendships, and just what being thirteen really means all of her summer plans are changed and she is forced to take a road trip with the family rather than enjoying camp with her two best friends. Can anything good come from being trapped in an RV with her family for two weeks?Can You Say Catastrophe reads like the diary of a thirteen year old, and captures the feelings that most of us have at that age. April wants to be seen as grown up, but is not quite sure what that means or how she should go about making that happen. Like most, she is embarrassed and annoyed by her family while wanting to be seen as 'cool' by her friends and class mates. Adding the drama of a first crush and first kisses only makes the process of figuring out her place in the world and what she really wants that much harder for April. Readers that do not remember the feelings of absolutely everything being critical might be annoyed with the moments that seem over the top, however those that still remember well the insecurity and uncertainty of the big childhood transitions can see the truths of how we felt at the time. I think readers of age with April will be able to see that their fears are not unique to them, that they are far from alone in their questions and concerns, and that regardless of how absolutely horrible something might seem at the moment, it does get better.I think that Can You Say Catastrophe is a realistic look at the emotional roller coaster that being thirteen involves. I think middle grade students will relate to the story and hopefully feel reassured about their own lives in the reading. I think parents with children approaching this age or firmly in its grasps might want to read this book as well, to remember what they felt like at that age, and to help relate to the changes and questions their own children might be facing.

  • duchesskenni
    2019-03-18 09:19

    A Mostly Authentic and Original Portrayal of a Teenage Girl Hampered by Underdeveloped Characters and a Rushed Plot Let me just start off by saying that reading this book made me interested in reading the author's other works. I really loved how the main character, April, is written. I can relate a lot of her behaviors and thoughts to myself when I was 13. I kind of felt that in the end, some of the things that made her endearing were down played to bring about the resolution. Nevertheless, I found April to be an entertaining narrator, a 13 year old possessing a ridiculous amount of self-importance, but mostly due to the fact that she is a girl entering the strange world of teenagers.My main issues with this book was that I felt that there were too many plot holes and insufficient character development. There were quite a few hilarious and cringe-inducing moments sprinkled throughout the book, such as (view spoiler)[her younger sister outing her crush on the new neighbor... in front of the new neighbor and April's bright idea to send her young sisters to Winn-Dixie alone(hide spoiler)], which allowed for some interesting situations and surprising resolutions. However, while I was able to connect with April's character, I felt the other characters were very one-dimensional, especially April's one of April's best friends, Brynn, and the hot neighbor, Matt.Mostly, I was left with a lot of questions...(view spoiler)[What was the point of Matt's character? How was April's father able to afford to take the family to Florida in an RV and to Disney World AND the Keys when he had just opened a restaurant? Does Brynn really like Billy? (hide spoiler)] But mostly will there be another book about April?I think with a more concise plot and better development of secondary characters, the story of April should be continued and/or revised. I will definitely check out the other books this author has written.(review for NetGalley)

  • Fatima-zahra Jamaleddine
    2019-03-12 09:00

    May 9th 2015April hates her life because she has many problems in her life. “Can you say Catastrophe” by Laurie Friedman. In the few paragraphs I’ll write about the plot, theme and characters. The themes are catastrophe and craziness. The characters are April and her mother. The book takes place in April’s house and in her school.April Sinclair has many problems in her life. The first theme is catastrophe because April thinks of her life as a catastrophe. ”The party was so much worse than I could ever imagined. It was the most embarrassing day of my entire life” (Friedman 1). The second theme is craziness because April’s family always humiliate her. To conclude, April thinks that her life is miserable.There are many characters in this novel. April is the major character. In the novel, April always talks about her family and her life. Another major character is her mother, Flora. “But ever since I “went preteen” (mom’s word not mine) it’s like she ate some bad fish and hasn’t been the same since” (Friedman 6). Therefore, there are many characters that are being introduced.There aren’t many places where the story takes place. The first major setting was in her house. April’s party took place in her house. Another major place is in school. It is in school because April has a diary and writes whatever happened that day. Therefore, there story doesn’t take place in many places.April faces many obstacles in her life. Paragraph one mostly talks about the themes which are craziness (family) and catastrophe (life). In the second paragraph I talk about the major character, April Sinclair and her mother, Flora. In the last body paragraph I talked about the setting which is in her school and her house where April did her birthday party. The author wants to send a message in the novel, that is to be grateful because some people have many problems in life.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-02-27 09:00

    Arlene and Ilene Kelly might have two different birthdays, but they are definitely identical twins, born just before and just after midnight on two consecutive June days. In this book, the girls take care of ferrets, fool new classmates into believing they're actually triplets, accidentally upset their neighbors during trick-or-treat and endure their first separation when one must spend the night in the hospital. Through it all, the two and only Kelly twins prove there is no better friend than a sister.Johanna Hurwitz has made a long career out of writing compelling stories about the day-to-day lives of realistic kids. This book explores that unique friendship that can only exist between identical twins in a way that affirms the joy of twinhood for readers who are part of such a relationship, and that satisfies the natural curiosity all kids have about twins. Each chapter focuses on a different episode in the girls' lives, and for the most part, each little storyline is resolved within that same chapter. This is great for beginning readers who might see a chapter book as a challenge. Chapters are short enough to read in one sitting, and each chapter has its own individual payoff. Kids won't make it to the end of a chapter, only to find they have to read another before they find out what happens.The Two and Only Kelly Twins is most likely to appeal to girls in Pre-K to second grade who like realistic stories about family and friends. Whether the reader is a twin or not, she can learn a lot about sibling support and cooperation from Arlene and Ilene, who don't always do the right thing, but nearly always take good care of each other. Recommend The Two and Only Kelly Twins to fans of Ling and Ting Not Exactly the Same and to readers who have enjoyed similar realistic fiction chapter books by Claudia Mills and Andrew Clements.

  • Chrissy
    2019-03-21 09:57

    Life is hard when you're thirteen years old, and no one is more aware of this fact than April Sinclair. Humiliated by her younger sister in front of the hot new guy on whom she *might* have a huge crush, April feels like things most definitely could NOT any worse. But then she learns that her best guy friend may have feelings for her, and of course her parents have decided that THIS will be the summer that she is forced to ditch camp with her buddies in favor of family time. How can April possibly have a good summer when her friends and the guy who might love her are away having fun without her, while the guy she might love thinks she is a complete and utter dork?Cute, fun, adorable, and a bit over the top at times CAN YOU SAY CATASTROPHE reads like a diary from the heart and soul of a real live thirteen year old monster -- I mean, girl, of course. Woe is April -- life is horrible!! -- although, those of us who are years beyond this point may feel a little irritated at her extreme emotional reactions to the tiniest things -- but that WAS part of being thirteen years old, I suppose ... right?This was a quick read that I finished in a single sitting, quite easily at that too. I'm sure a younger, pre-teen version of myself would have identified readily with April and would be eager to learn what happens next with both of the young men in April's life. But, I can't deny that my older self feels like she's already heard it all before. I'll save this one for the kids, I think.

  • Moon Shine Art Spot ~ Lisa
    2019-03-22 15:21

    Wow. This poor 13 year old has the worse family in the world. NOT. BUT don't we all think our embarrassing situations are going to be the end of the world at 13. Who kissed who, who kissed her, what did it mean, are we still best friends if we kissed. Laurie Friedman does an awesome job of portraying 13 year old April's overly dramatic, worry filled daily life with embarrassing family, boy / friend problems, first kisses, confusion, little sisters, living in FARAWAY, AL. I loved the name of the time bring raised in AL myself.April's character is exactly what I recall about being 13 and EVERYTHING was a big, embarrassing deal aka a catastrophe! April writes her daily thoughts and horrors of growing up normal - journal style and has the usual hilarious embarrassments and confusions of growing up and discovering what it means to be confused, worry to much, freak out about family & friends. Did my toe touching this guys mean anything, did he notice, do I want it to mean anything, do I like him, does he like me, do I want him to like me????? I really liked this story and it actually took me down memory lane to when I was 13 & did not even realize how great (& easy) life was.Excellent character and lesson in what is important and how things have a way of working out even if it is one Catastrophe after another.This book was provided free of charge to obtain an honest review.

  • Samma
    2019-03-17 15:08

    I picked this up because a fellow librarian was in a quandary over where to put in her library. I hadn't read it, so I decided to pick it up to see if my suggestion was valid. While April is 13, she is -just- 13. Still a little immature, still not really sure what her place in the world is. She is very much every-girl in the sense that she (mostly) doesn't really like her family (all they do is embarrass her after all). But, her sisters are just...too much. I'm pretty sure I'd be filled with the same kind of rage April seems to have if my siblings had pulled some of these shenanigans on me at 13.Also, the story moves QUICKLY. Starting in April on not-at-all-ironically April's birthday, we are sped through May (with no mention of May's actual birthday?) and then June (again, with no mention of June's actual birthday...) where things are dull, and then they leave for the road trip from hell, and then suddenly everything is OK for awhile...but then they go home again and let's have a heart-to-heart with Love Doctor Dad because -that- isn't mortifying...So...yeah. I don't know. It was fine, but I'm not impressed enough to pick up another book in the series. Good for a reluctant reader or someone who wants a real quick, slice-of-life story.

  • Amber Aslakson
    2019-02-22 10:03

    I thought this book was written for the most part perfectly for the middle grades. I thought the character April was very realistic for a teen. I think that young teens would enjoy the the "being in love" portions and understand the trouble with parents. In working with young teens I hear the same lines April uses on a regular basis out of their mouths. They often feel embarrassed by their parents like April did. The author seemed to capture the troubles and trials of a teenager quite well. I was glad to see that she also made a point of April learning to be able to turn a situation around from her original thoughts. The book had some kissing in it, but remained from it being overly saturated or inappropriate. There were a few things in the book that make me uncomfortable recommending it to a middle school student that included her being upset about the size of her chest and her siblings taking naked pictures of her with her cell phone. While these things may be causes of concerns in some teens' lives, I felt it was a little much for a book I would recommend to a semi young reader. I am interested in seeing how the following books turn out in this series.I received this book free in return for my honest review.

  • Marissa
    2019-02-22 12:06

    Can You Say Catastrophe? Laurie B. Friedman About two months ago I finished the book Can You Say Catastrophe? . In the book there Is a girl named April. She lives in the town of Faraway, She has two best friends Billy and Bryn, Two little sisters, and her dad just opened a new restaurant. Something can’t possibly go wrong right? The story starts at April’s birthday party. Everything was going well until her younger sister blirted out that she liked Matt the next door neighbor. April gets extremely mad at her. April was humiliated. After that April keeps on getting in trouble from yelling at her sisters. So instead of going to camp April and her family are going on a R.V trip to re-bond. At first April thought it was the end of the world, but it got better towards the end. In the end April’s life starts going back to normal.,Turns out it wasn’t the end of the world after all. I would recommend this book if you like drama, humor, or adventure. I give this book a 6.5 stars out of ten, because I thought it could have been more descriptive. Overall it was a pretty good book.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-01 11:09

    Thirteen-year-old April Sinclair has to be one of the most self-absorbed characters I've encountered in a book in a long time. But then again, she is thirteen, and perhaps many of us acted and thought just like her when we were that age. After her friend Billy kisses her, she becomes confused about her feelings toward him as well as her feelings about her other best friend Brynn, not to mention her feelings about Matt, a boy on whom she has a crush. After she behaves rudely to various family members and treats her sisters disrespectfully, her parents refuse to allow her to go to summer camp. Instead, they leave their Alabama home for a road trip to Florida. Not surprisingly, good things come from the vacation, and April is no longer assailed by self-doubts once her friends return from camp. Although April was quite annoying and the resolution of the family issues too smooth for me, many middle grade readers will relate to all the drama described within this book's pages.

  • S Farneth
    2019-02-25 13:55

    The story reads like a diary penned by a 13 year old girl. Friedman captured the attitude and sarcasm of April toward her siblings, parents and friends. April believes that now that she is 13 and a teenager she should have more privileges and respect from her parents. Obvious arguments ensue and it is the dialogue between them that make the story so believable that it is written by a 13 year old.Her parents use the summer and a family trip to rebuild the bond that they once had with her. What starts out as a nightmare for April, spending 2 weeks in an RV with her family, turns out to be just the thing she needed to reconnect with her parents and her sisters and get her mind off her own problems.Returning from the trip with a new attitude, a clearer head and a little advice from her father, April is able to solve all her personal problems and return to her happy self.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-24 10:58

    April Sinclair is having a rough time. Her mother insists that she and her sisters May and June dress alike at April's thirteenth birthday party. One of her sisters tells the new neighbor boy that April thinks he's "hot". April's nose is funny, her butt's too small, and one boob is bigger than the other. Can things get any worse? You bet they can! As April and her family and friends try to find their way through April's new teenage issues, sometimes things are laugh-out-loud funny or cringe-worthy. At other times, you can't help but feel sorry for April as she struggles with growing up. A quick read with a solid story about the pitfalls and joys of being thirteen. A good read for grades 7 and up.

  • Jenna.davidson
    2019-03-04 12:19

    Ok well where do I start this book is a lot of things . If you like to read surprising things then this book is for you . Like the title , Can You Say Catastrophe . I think this book is ok but don't get me wrong you might like it more then I do so befor I lose your intrist let me tell you a little about this book . April is the main character and she has two annoying little sisters that she doesn't adore at all . As she goes through her day really bad and not pleasing things happen like for real . I don't really want to go to much in detail so if you think this book is for you then I think that this is a good book for you .

  • Yapha
    2019-02-28 12:01

    Everything starts to go wrong when April turns 13. She has to share a ridiculously themed birthday party with her younger sisters May & June (really), who constantly make her life miserable. Everything her parents do is just wrong and designed to humiliate her. Things with her best friend Billy and the cute new boy next door start getting tricky. All she can do is countdown the days until she can go away to summer camp. What else could possibly go wrong? Quite a bit as it turns out. April's summer is not at all what she expected it to be. This book is spot on for middle school girls, dealing with changes in their bodies, their friends, and themselves. Recommended for grades 5-8.

  • Carly
    2019-03-12 09:16

    I was irritated with the main character for nearly the entire book. Written as journal entries from a 13-year-old girl, the voice was perfect. But I couldn't stand the girl. She was whiny and complained all the time, and I just wanted to smack her. Maybe it would appeal more to a younger reader, but honestly, I wouldn't give this book to my daughter to read for fear she might emulate some of this character's less-than-stellar traits. She does redeem herself somewhat at the end of the book, but not enough for me to like her.

  • Annab
    2019-03-02 08:02

    OMG! This book is like realllllyyy amazing! I really love these types of books. This book has a little bit of romance. This book is basically about this girl April, does not like her life. She has an odd family and her body isn't the way she wants. Then later the romance kicks in. April really wants to go to this camp and has waited for forever, when she makes a mistake and her parent's does not let her go. If you want to learn more about April and her life, read the book! You will not regret it! BTW, I recommend this to girls because wellll its girlyyy :D

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-11 11:19

    The main character is overly dramatic which is typical for a middle school person but was annoying as an adult reader. I also wonder if kids who have actual problems in their lives like poverty, family illness, death of a loved one, substance abuse and the like would also find her super annoying. An innocent middle class girl would enjoy this book. There were some funny moments. My favorite was when a raw egg white was subtly compared to semen. I read this book in an hour so there's that.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-03-04 13:15

    What I wanted: Funny, light romance for my readers who like the Darling "Crush" series.What Didn't Work for Me: April is the most slap-worthy character I've read lately. Yes, many teenagers whine about their parents, family, and friends, but April takes this too a new level of annoying, cringeworthy whining. That said, I will probably buy this one, especially since it is a series, like The Clique, or Dork Diaries. Doesn't mean I have to like it personally.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-11 08:12

    This is well written and often humorous but the middle school girl angst really got on my nerves after awhile. I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to a girl currently caught up in first kisses, prayers for boobs and all of that but it left me aching for a more mature book - which is really saying something considering the amount of children's books I read that don't give me that sensation.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-21 14:07

    It's a great read--for 6th through 8th graders. I felt the book just whizzed by the whole family vacation, and yes I know, it was written through her words, but it seemed like she became the "old April" way too quick after the Disney incident. Too young for high schoolers, but junior highers will like it.

  • Anya Lasagna
    2019-02-23 12:05

    As a 13 year old girl, I approve that the things in this book is most embarrassing and life scarring. Things were over exaggerated, which made it funnier, and the whole friend thing I totally get. But, other than that, it did have a plot and I enjoyed reading it. :) I had to put the book down a few times thinking "this poor, poor girl." It was pretty funny, I thought :)

  • Karen
    2019-03-14 10:11

    Um... I'm not sure if I was this whiny, self-absorbed, clueless, obnoxious, entitled, etc. at thirteen. If I was, I'm am so glad it was never committed to paper. As far as the "lessons" of the book go, I would have preferred a more gradual learning curve over that sudden overnight one.

  • Kari
    2019-02-23 12:01

    This was a quick book to read and I think it hit on the 13-year-old girl and the attitude she has in middle school, but she was annoying. I have to deal with the attitude all day long, so I didn't love reading about it as well. I do think young girls would relate to this book well.

  • JennE
    2019-03-04 13:21

    Thirteen year old is consumed with three "b's"... Boys, boobs and best friends. Complaining, selfish behavior is suddenly transformed on a family vacation. This may be the first book in this series, but if there are more, I won't be reading them.

  • Aishah
    2019-02-25 12:09

    I like her writing style but the ending is just boring, it was not interesting.