AN Off Year
By Claire Zulkey
(Dutton Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780525421597, 224pp.)
Publication Date: September 3, 2009
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Cecily has always done everything as she was supposed to: taken the right classes, gotten the right grades, applied to the right colleges. But after a lifetime of following the rules, she surprises everyone by arriving for her freshman year of college . . . and turning around. There are infinite possibilities for Cecily's unexpected gap year. She could volunteer, or travel around the world - but, for now, Cecily is content to do absolutely nothing. What follows is a year of snarkily observed self-doubt and selfdiscovery during which Cecily must ask herself, for the first time, what does she really want to do with her life?
Claire Zulkey is a humorist and journalist who has written for the Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post, and many other newspapers and magazines. Ms. Zulkey lives in Chicago, Illinois.
"For students and families tangled in the complex and often stressful process of transitioning from high school to college, Zulkey's novel provides comfort and advice, with a healthy dose of humor." -Elizabeth McArdle, College Advising Dean