Snarky, compulsively readable, and laugh out loud funny, 7 Kinds of Ordinary Catastrophes is a great choice for older teen girls. Subject matter is mature and racy, though often hilarious, and definitely most appropriate for those no younger than high school. Typical teen behavior including unchaperoned wild parties, and underage drinking to the point of vomiting take place. Main character Gert, however, sticks to Mountain Dew. Language is graphic, and many lengthy and descriptive conversations about sex or sexual issues take place. Teens engage in sex and oral sex, and sexuality in general is contemplated on many levels. A homosexual relationship is public and accepted for the most part, though fear of being bullied or not being accepted is an issue. Gert's father suffers a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery, which changes their family dynamic a bit, but really brings this close family even closer together. Gert's "rants" -- self-reflections and ponderings -- will be highly relatable to teen girls. It is not necessary to have read the first in the series to enjoy this book, and fans will look forward to more from Gert in the future.