Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Author: Louise Rennison
Publisher: Harper Tempest: an imprint of HarperCollins
Age Group: Teen
Source: Purchased used copy
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Summary 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!”
This is actually a re-read for me. I read this book when I was taking a YA Lit class in grad school (about five years ago) and thought it was pretty hilarious. I have been thinking about re-reading this book for awhile, and when someone donated it to the library booksale, I snatched it up real quick. It was only a dollar and it goes to the library 🙂 what could be more perfect? Oh yeah, it was in PRISTINE condition. It looks brand new. Woot, woot!
Anyway, onto the actual review. I absolutely loved how very British this book was, too. There is even a hilarious little intro from Georgia to us Americans explaining that she is British, and that there is a glossary to explain any British terms we don’t know. You guys know how much importance I place on great MCs, and Rennison has certainly created a very distinct personality and voice for Georgia, the main character.
I liked Georgia as a MC. She had a well-developed personality, and I loved how sweet Georgia was to her little sister Libby. She let Libby sleep in her bed, and she would take her for walks. I really liked that. And Georgia seemed like such a typical teenager! All excited about things, and making plans to see cute boys with her friends.
But, I’ll be honest, sometimes Georgia was kind of mean. She definitely thought some no-so-nice things about best friend Jas. That being said, Georgia said some not-so-nice things about herself as well. I guess I can cut her some slack, though, as she is only 14 years old. She certainly had a carefree attitude, and I loved reading how much fun she had with her friends.
And this book is hilarious. I was definitely laughing out loud at certain parts. Particularly the parts about Angus. I can’t imagine having a pet like him, but I loved how much Georgia loved him. Oh, and the whole eyebrow situation! Hehe, thank goodness I never did anything like that!
Overall, this is a funny, quick read. It did remind me a bit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, and I definitely thought some parts were hilarious. If you are looking for something light and quick to read, then this book is for you.