An Off Year (Hardcover)

By Claire Zulkey

Dutton Books, 9780525421597, 213pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2009

List Price: 17.99*
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Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List

“As first-year college student Cecily Powell approaches her dorm room, she suddenly decides that she's not going to school. Cecily and her bewildered father head back home, where she must face family and friends and decide what comes next. A witty coming-of-age story that realistically illustrates the sometimes traumatic transition from high school to college.”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX
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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?

About the Author

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.

Praise For An Off Year

"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