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Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She's smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she's stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Pete Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She's smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she's stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Peter, her first true crush. So, life doesn't go just the way she hopes. Join Margot on a journey through the beginning of ninth grade - a time when your reputation is determined by the most trivial of matters, including where you eat, how many friends you have, and - most notably - who you kiss.


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Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She's smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she's stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Pete Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She's smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she's stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Peter, her first true crush. So, life doesn't go just the way she hopes. Join Margot on a journey through the beginning of ninth grade - a time when your reputation is determined by the most trivial of matters, including where you eat, how many friends you have, and - most notably - who you kiss.

53 review for Freshman Fourteen

  1. 4 out of 5

    SheReads

    Ahhhh ... the teenage years. High school is not an easy time and you couldn't pay me to go back. Margot is your average freshman girl except that she has spent years being tormented for no reason. She isn't your typical nerd that would get picked one. She could be seen as a theater dork but all the cool kids are in theater as well. That's why Margot doesn't trust it when a popular girl and her crush both start to hang out with her. Add on to that- the schools biggest nerd likes her and has a mot Ahhhh ... the teenage years. High school is not an easy time and you couldn't pay me to go back. Margot is your average freshman girl except that she has spent years being tormented for no reason. She isn't your typical nerd that would get picked one. She could be seen as a theater dork but all the cool kids are in theater as well. That's why Margot doesn't trust it when a popular girl and her crush both start to hang out with her. Add on to that- the schools biggest nerd likes her and has a mother who is constantly trying to push them together- to the delight of the school bully. A lot of the characters in this book seem almost like caricatures but I don't think it would work any other way. We see everything from the eyes of a 14 year old girl so its all dramatized to that effect. Ms. Rodgers perfectly captures her main character. I could feel the insecurities and that feeling in high school that everything is the end of the world. Add in a set of nosy, sometimes pushy parents, and a host of embarrassing events and you've got a very life like story. In the end, I was rooting for a certain relationship. That didn't happen but I didn't feel ripped off either. I understood why it ended like it did. Margot came out looking like a much stronger person with brighter high school years ahead of her and I think that was the point of the whole story. Very well done!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Veda Stamps

    Enjoyable teen novel. YA is always so much fun to read and Beth Rodgers "Freshman Fourteen" does not disappoint. She places the reader right smack into the mind of an average teenage girl. The story begins with the main character, Margot transitioning from middle school to high school. This book is a nice read for young adults who are trying to gain their independence from "hovering" parents while trying to find their place in the world. Rodgers manages to create a realistic world that focuses on Enjoyable teen novel. YA is always so much fun to read and Beth Rodgers "Freshman Fourteen" does not disappoint. She places the reader right smack into the mind of an average teenage girl. The story begins with the main character, Margot transitioning from middle school to high school. This book is a nice read for young adults who are trying to gain their independence from "hovering" parents while trying to find their place in the world. Rodgers manages to create a realistic world that focuses on the most important things many teens care about....peer issues and the opposite sex. I will say I was not a fan of Walter's (a guy who likes Margot) borderline stalker behavior... and Margot's responses to him throughout the story but Readers will identify with this character as everyone knows a Walter. Enjoyable read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Hodges

    Ah, high school, when social interaction became all-important and every look, glance, word and thought was to be second-guessed, mulled over, amplified and overthought. I really connected with Margot; I just wanted to pull her out of the book and give her a big comforting hug! The characters were well-written and engaging, and getting into the mind of the neurotic Margot made me feel like I was fourteen again. A great read for anyone of that age.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim Terry

    Loved it! I’m not normally a reader of YA-oriented stories, but I must have been in just the right mood to appreciate this book. As I read Freshman Fourteen, I relived all of my own teen angst which the the author communicates so effectively in the character dynamics. At times, Margot’s struggles had me shaking my head, but I love how it all falls neatly in place at the end!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I won this book through goodreads give away program and all in all I think it was a cute ..though slightly irritating at times read. I am biased though because I am a little bit too old for this book. Anyway, onward. Premise: The storyline here is very relate-able for a younger audience, especially for young girls struggling through high school or junior high school. I remember my school days clearly and I was in the shoes of Margot, though I never really desired to be popular the way she did. I I won this book through goodreads give away program and all in all I think it was a cute ..though slightly irritating at times read. I am biased though because I am a little bit too old for this book. Anyway, onward. Premise: The storyline here is very relate-able for a younger audience, especially for young girls struggling through high school or junior high school. I remember my school days clearly and I was in the shoes of Margot, though I never really desired to be popular the way she did. I do know what its like to be bullied and in that aspect i could relate to this plot a lot. Writing: The writing was okay. I just really wish I did not have to read through the repetitive, rambling thoughts of Margot All. THE. TIME. I get it girl. You are the most pessimistic girl ever! Other then that, I also got confused with the dialogue a little. It needed more dialogue tags of the "said" variety. Characters: The main character is relate-able....but very hard to like at times. I think this was due to the writing but I wanted to smack her more then once. I did really desire for her to change by the end of the story. I wanted to see her get stronger, I really did. As for the other characters, my favorite was probably Cassie. She was so sweet and kind, and I related to her a lot more then Margot actually. She seemed so real. I liked the side characters a lot. For most of them I wanted Margot to realize she was surrounded by such great friends. One more note....I did not like how parents were portrayed. Yes it was through Margot's perspective, but that's no reason to make them act like ACTUAL idiots. Humor: There was too much angst for humor! D: unless you find Walter's flop ups funny. Journey: It was okay. This book DID evoke emotions in me, and any book that does that is good to me. =) I was very satisfied with the ending and all in all, flaws and everything else I enjoyed it. I hope Beth Rodgers writes more books and grows as a author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Peterson

    If you are looking for something fun, dramatic, fresh, and clean, Freshman Fourteen is a good choice for you. Following Margot on her journey from middle school to high school, I got to relive all of the wonderful and not-so-wonderful moments of my own transition. Margot's parents are very involved with her life - they seem to be having trouble letting go of their little girl. As a parent, I get that. I also remember how that felt as a teen. Margot makes everything unintentionally hilarious - an If you are looking for something fun, dramatic, fresh, and clean, Freshman Fourteen is a good choice for you. Following Margot on her journey from middle school to high school, I got to relive all of the wonderful and not-so-wonderful moments of my own transition. Margot's parents are very involved with her life - they seem to be having trouble letting go of their little girl. As a parent, I get that. I also remember how that felt as a teen. Margot makes everything unintentionally hilarious - and yet relatable. By mixing a third person narrative with Margot's journal entries, Beth Rogers creates a "see all" perspective for the readers. We get to know Margot inside and out. I laughed - I snorted - I rolled my eyes. Oh, Margot! However, being somewhat of an outsider myself, I really sympathized with her. High school is rough - especially so when you are picked on. When things suddenly start to go right, suspicion is always there lurking. Insecurity rears its ugly head. This is where Rogers exceeds - bringing the reader into Margot's feelings and mindset. It's not easy being a 14 year old girl! Facing peer pressure, attractions, finding friends, and finding your place are all portrayed and done well. These are important things to keep talking about. I recommend this book for 7th graders on up. From there, you're preparing for the transition, going through it, or have already accomplished it so the book is very relatable. The ending is positive, promising, and encouraging. It will leave many readers feeling satisfied, even if all of your hopes for Margot aren't quite fulfilled.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Rose

    Angst. Cover to cover angst. If you can handle that, it's an okay read. But up to nine pages at a time of Margot agonising over stuff was not for me. The ending felt rushed in proportion to the rest of the book, and there were several character responses and choices that were simply not plausible. The plot was fairly straightforward, the writing was good, the pace slow. Characterization was generally very good, except as noted at the end, although I have to highlight Walter's mother Kelly Gribbl Angst. Cover to cover angst. If you can handle that, it's an okay read. But up to nine pages at a time of Margot agonising over stuff was not for me. The ending felt rushed in proportion to the rest of the book, and there were several character responses and choices that were simply not plausible. The plot was fairly straightforward, the writing was good, the pace slow. Characterization was generally very good, except as noted at the end, although I have to highlight Walter's mother Kelly Gribble (awfully funny, and I fully intend both words), Max (caricature), and Walter. Walter, because the extent of how Margot's perception changes is excessive. I was and am unable to believe that the Walter at start of the book could become the Walter of, say, the last quarter or so. Margot is painfully real and very well drawn, except for the excessive agonising over everything. Yes, fourteen year-olds do - but it doesn't necessarily make good reading. One thing that I thought was excellent was the parental embarrassments: Beth Rodgers did this brilliantly throughout. As a YA romance read it was sort of okay (I didn't enjoy the ending, or did I say that already?), as a sort of pre-coming-of-age novel it was flawed but quite good.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Howarth

    Margot Maples is your typical teenager: insecure, shy. It's the first year of high school and all she wants to be is popular. She'd even settle for not being picked on as much as she was in middle school. From the beginning, Beth Rogers does an amazing job of getting inside the teenage mind. There were many times where I was thrown back to my teen years, remembering feeling exactly the same way. While I found Margot to be very relatable, the supporting characters seemed a little exaggerated. (Wi Margot Maples is your typical teenager: insecure, shy. It's the first year of high school and all she wants to be is popular. She'd even settle for not being picked on as much as she was in middle school. From the beginning, Beth Rogers does an amazing job of getting inside the teenage mind. There were many times where I was thrown back to my teen years, remembering feeling exactly the same way. While I found Margot to be very relatable, the supporting characters seemed a little exaggerated. (With the exception of Peter, Ashley, and Cassie) Perhaps this was done of purpose seeing as we're in Margot's mind for most of the story, and she perceived the Gribbles and her parents to be OTT most of the time. The ending was a surprise, but I have to say I wasn't really a fan of it. I don't want to give spoilers so it's hard for me to say why, but I was rooting for Margot to get what she wanted the entire book, but was disappointed that she changed her mind after she got it. (Then again, sounds like a typical teenager to me.) I would highly recommend this book to those who are going through the beginning of high school, or preteens. Parents who are looking for a very clean book for their child to read, this would be perfect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a fairly quick read. It wasn't necessarily my favorite, but I could see where a person between 7th and 9th grade would enjoy it. I really believe I am too old for this particular book, although I do love children's and YA books, this one just made me roll my eyes and be like...omg kids! Anyway, I didn't think the dialogue was necessarily accurate of what young teens these days would actually say, and the main character wa I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a fairly quick read. It wasn't necessarily my favorite, but I could see where a person between 7th and 9th grade would enjoy it. I really believe I am too old for this particular book, although I do love children's and YA books, this one just made me roll my eyes and be like...omg kids! Anyway, I didn't think the dialogue was necessarily accurate of what young teens these days would actually say, and the main character was a bit corny and I couldn't relate to her...but then again I was into sports and popular back in highschool, so I was nothing like her. I will probably pass this book on to my niece, because I really think she will enjoy it and relate to it more than me. I do think it was well written for the most part though, and it deals with issues i'm sure young people face these days.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Got this book through a goodreads giveaway. Took me a while to get around to reading it because of its cover. Yes, books are judged by their cover and this one reminded me of a community college course catalogue. at first I thought freshman fourteen referred to the 14 pounds you gain your first year of college. The character and situations reminded me of me in high school. I was the self conscious nerd who doubted others actions but even i got annoyed with some of the journal entries. I also had Got this book through a goodreads giveaway. Took me a while to get around to reading it because of its cover. Yes, books are judged by their cover and this one reminded me of a community college course catalogue. at first I thought freshman fourteen referred to the 14 pounds you gain your first year of college. The character and situations reminded me of me in high school. I was the self conscious nerd who doubted others actions but even i got annoyed with some of the journal entries. I also had to choose and like any 14 year old girl I made a choice at the end. I love YA and The book has potential but ultimately the end felt forced and rushed which is why My 14 and 31 year old self both give it two stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Barrett

    I found this novel to be a very well written and enjoyable read. We follow the main character, Margot, as she tries to navigate her way through the first year at high school and all the insecurities that go with that time in a person's life. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to - in fact, most of the time I felt like the main character could have been me at that age. The reason for the four star rating however was that the way the ending was delivered disappointed me. It felt r I found this novel to be a very well written and enjoyable read. We follow the main character, Margot, as she tries to navigate her way through the first year at high school and all the insecurities that go with that time in a person's life. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to - in fact, most of the time I felt like the main character could have been me at that age. The reason for the four star rating however was that the way the ending was delivered disappointed me. It felt rushed and totally opposite to what the main character wanted for 90% of the novel. It just didn't hit the spot for me, although I'm sure others will love it. Even so, I will be recommending this for my children to read and I don't expect them to be so picky as me with the ending.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Actual ranking 4.5 Freshman Fourteen takes you back to your freshman year in high school. You know, that awkward transition from being king of the playground to a lowly nobody. And all you want to do is fit in. That's what Margot wants… to fit in. Without giving away too many details, I will say that there are a few twist and turns that deviates from the norm. Overall, this book is an enjoyable read that I can see young people being drawn to. When you walk away from a story feeling good, you know Actual ranking 4.5 Freshman Fourteen takes you back to your freshman year in high school. You know, that awkward transition from being king of the playground to a lowly nobody. And all you want to do is fit in. That's what Margot wants… to fit in. Without giving away too many details, I will say that there are a few twist and turns that deviates from the norm. Overall, this book is an enjoyable read that I can see young people being drawn to. When you walk away from a story feeling good, you know the author did well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Iva

    Freshman Fourteen was a great read! The moment I started reading this book I felt like I had traveled back in time to my high school days. The main character, Margot, deals with awkwardness with boys, who’s who in the popular crowd, and friendships. Ms. Rodgers does an excellent job exploring some deeper themes in this novel. I really enjoyed her writing style and her ability to paint a vivid picture of each character. Plus, there was a very interesting twist at the end!

  14. 4 out of 5

    RACHEL

    Starting high school is tough especially when you are far from popular and a target of those who are. “Freshman Fourteen” follows Margot through the tough first few months of high school navigating new buildings, crushes, finding friends, avoiding bullies, and more. A fun read. My copy was a gift from Goodreads First Reads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Hendricks

    I really enjoyed this book. Beth accurately portrayed the awkwardness and the uncertainty that comes with being a freshman in high school and having something unexpected happen which makes the journey even more difficult. I particularly liked the climax of the book in which she did something which i completely did not expect. I won't ruin it, but this is definitely worth a read. I really enjoyed this book. Beth accurately portrayed the awkwardness and the uncertainty that comes with being a freshman in high school and having something unexpected happen which makes the journey even more difficult. I particularly liked the climax of the book in which she did something which i completely did not expect. I won't ruin it, but this is definitely worth a read.

  16. 5 out of 5

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