Things I Can't Explain by Mitchell Kriegman

A complete re-imagining of Clarissa Explains it All as 20-something Clarissa tries to navigate the unemployment line, mompreneurs and the collision of two people in love.

She was a smart, snappy, light-hearted girl who knew it all at fourteen. Now a woman in her late twenties, her searching blue eyes are more serious, but mostly amused by the people around her. The gap-toothed smile that made her seem younger than she really was is gone, but she still lightens up the room. Her unpredictable wardrobe rocks just like when she was a kid, but her fashion sense has evolved and it makes men and women turn their heads.

After leaving high school early, Clarissa interned at the Daily Post while attending night school. At the ripe old age of twenty- two she had it made – her own journalism beat (fashion, gender politics and crime), an affordable apartment in FiDi and a livable wage. She was so totally ahead of the game. Ah, those were the days! All three of them. Remember the Stock Market Crash of 08? Remember when people actually bought newspapers?

All of Clarissa’s charming obsessions, charts, graphs, and superstitions have survived into adulthood, but they’ve evolved into an ever-greater need to claw the world back under control. Her mid-twenties crisis has left her with a whole set of things she can’t explain: an ex-boyfriend turned stalker, her parents’ divorce, a micro relationship with the cute coffee guy, java addiction, “To-Flue Glue,” and then there’s Sam. Where’s Sam anyway?

Things I Can't Explain is about knowing it all in your teens and then feeling like you know nothing in your twenties.

Release Date: November 10, 2015
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli


Things I Can't Explain was such a fun read!  I loved this both light-hearted and introspective book.

I was a fan of Clarissa Explains It All growing up, so I was super excited to "meet" Clarissa in her twenties. This Clarissa is even more fun, smart, and spunky than I remember.  I loved her narrative voice: she made me laugh so much.  And I loved her outlook on life even more.  She's droll without being dry, and sarcastic without being cynical.  Overall, she's hopefully optimistic, and a great friend.  

Speaking of friends, I enjoyed Clarissa's relationships so much.  I think they may have been my favorite aspect of the story.  Especially her topsy-turvy love life, which always had me guessing.  

Things I Can't Explain ends well, but there was definitely some unresolved conflict there.  I really can't wait for the next book in the Clarissa series! 

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