Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Review)

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
By Louise Rennison
247 pages | May 31st 2000 | Harper Teen

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!"

When I first read this book I was addicted. It was funny, brash, and didn't shy away from the silliness and absolute mortification of being a teenage girl. 

I could relate to Georgia because I was thirteen when I read this book, attended an all-girls school and had a two-year-old little sister at the time so there were several parallels in our lives. Re-reading it now, it's still as funny as ever if not overly ridiculous. 

I did hate her on occasion, she was selfish, downright rude. The only way I can forgive these things it because it was diary format and come on, a teenagers we've all written things in our diaries as a way to vent our frustrations that we didn't necessarily mean. Or at least the angsty group of us did. Come on Georgia give me a chance to new to New Zealand any day! It's gorgeous there you middle earth hating girl. 

What I think I love about this book is how honest is was. Unlike say, a Babysitter's Club wholesome thirteen-year-old stories, it was more of a true revelation of the high school experience. She is faced with smoking mean girls who talk about sex and their underwear all the time. 

Her family life is hilarious and ridiculous but just sort of perfectly dysfunctional. Angus her massive, half wild animal cat is a force of his own to be reckoned with. I do have to say that Georgia's life is more on the mature side of being fourteen, even if she's not mature at all. She's going to parties, clubs, bands etc.

At fourteen, I was going to soccer practice, dance, movies, and sleepovers. My parents would never have allowed me so do half the stuff Georgia gets away with. I should add my sisters are now twelve and fourteen and the same goes for them. We're living on the side of The Babysitter's Club. Still it's a fun read and I think it kind of shows how not great all these things can be so young as well because well, let's face it Georgia's life is pretty much a disaster. The girl shaves her eyebrow off and shows up to a party as a stuffed olive. I repeat MORTIFYING.

I think everyone should give this book a read it's light, funny, and gives you a glimpse into English life, slang. 

Louise Rennison is the bestselling award-winning author of the phenomenally successful ‘Confessions of Georgia Nicolson’ series, translated into over 34 languages and to the stage and big screen as ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’. She has won the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, the Michael L. Printz Honor Book and the Roald Dahl Funny prize for ‘Withering Tights’.

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