Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

402013247 pages
Published May 31 2000 by Harper Teen
Source: Purchased

Synopsis: There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

Review: I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a long time, based on strong reviews from many book bloggers. I don’t know what took me so long to read it, but it was really cheap as an e-book and I thought I would take the plunge. I’m so glad I did, because I actually did snort/laugh out loud a few times at this book and I don’t normally laugh out loud while reading. Georgia is one of the great teenage protagonists. She is funny, sharp, snarky and though she isn’t a perfect character, I can imagine that she is a riot to be around. Her voice is also compelling. She makes the mundane and the boring sound really interesting, and she also sounds like a teenager, albeit, an English teenager, as she points out in the beginning of the book. I loved her descriptions of her cat, Angus, the half Scottish wildcat and also the descriptions of her family. She both loves and is horrified by her family at the same time and I remember those feelings all too well. I finished the book quickly, but I loved being in her world with all her colorful descriptions.

I did enjoy the book, but don’t have a lot to say about it, as while it was a fun read, it was also fluffy. Hopefully I can continue reading the rest of the books to see what kind of hijinks Georgia finds herself in.

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