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7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes

By: Amber Kizer

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In sassy, rant-prone Gert Garibaldi’s world, there are seven kinds of “ordinary catastrophes”: high school, boys, heartbreak, family, jobs, friends, and the future.  And, unfortunately for her, the second semester of her sophomore year is filled with one of every flavor.  Boys, in particular, have been weighing heavy on her mind, and Gert is struggling with an endless stream of insecurities.  Is she a bad kisser?  Should she be worried that her boyfriend is a bad kisser?  Should she have sex? Are her friends having sex?  But when an unexpected family emergency strikes, and ordinary and extraordinary catastrophes arise, Gert will have to reassess her life—and start living it for herself, rather than the people around her.