Friday, March 29, 2013

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Description (from GoodReads):"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!'"

I'm currently at a loss for words right now. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading anything. This series, Confessions of Georgia Nicolson came highly recommend from my cousin. Now my cousin isn't exactly a big reader. When I say she's not a big reader, I don't mean she was like all those women over the summer who had never picked up a book in their life, but claimed Fifty Shades of Grey was the best piece of literature in the world (like they had anything to compare it to). I simply mean reading isn't her favorite thing, but with the right books you can find her doing nothing but reading.

I saw the movie Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which is based of this book and the second book It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers (UK title)/ On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God (US title). My cousin for the most part had been satisfied with it, for a movie that was compiled of two books. Actually she was most happy with the lead actress chosen for the part of Georgia. I really enjoyed the movie, so I was really looking forward to reading these books.

See, I'm not even sure where to begin, I really want to share my favorite entry of Georgia's so here it is:
10:30 p.m.
Heard Mutti and Vati arguing. Oh perfect, now they'll split up and they'll both want custody of me.
I know that on its own it probably isn't nearly as funny. But while you're reading it, you will understand Georgia. She is a bit of a trouble child with her parents. She causes trouble in school, she thinks her parents are lame, she's completely full of herself, Georgia seems to think she's an adult. The mean part of my brain while thinking this is no. No Georgia, your parents will no being fighting to keep custody of you, they will probably be hoping the other parent will want custody of you. Which is wrong. Both her parents obviously love her, however, I couldn't help, but find that funny. Georgia with all her faults seems to me like a real fourteen year old. The book was written in 1999, but to me she seems like so many young teens I know today. Which means I shouldn't be able to stand her (I can't stand kids today), but I kind of found Georgia enduring for some reason.

Though Georgia calls herself ugly, and though through her entries we get the idea her friends think her plain (I really think she needs new friends even her friend Jas seems like a pretty big jerk half the time), Georgia seems to attract relatively attractive guys. Or at least guys she deems attractive, of course, they do seem rather... odd. And odd is putting it lightly. This is actually I found funny and something I could relate to, attracting strange guys. Because I always get the weirdos hitting on me, always. However, Georgia also sees a lot of action for a plain girl for someone who claims to not know much about kissing. Still, her adventures or rather misadventures in learning about boys are rather amusing. I'm sure she and her friend Jas will never learn the meaning behind a boy's "See ya later".

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging was an incredibly quick read I think I finished it in a few hours. I would give the book 4/5.

This is a book from my own personal library.

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