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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

Title: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

Author: Louise Rennison

Publisher: Harper Teen    Year: 1st edition, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0064472272

Age: 13 and up

Genre: Fiction

Subjects / Themes: Young adult, humor, British comedy, social situations, family life, friendships, relationships

Awards: Not Just for Children Anymore! (Children’s Book Council), IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice, Michael L. Printz Honor Book , ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice (these are just the more notable awards, check out Rennison’s site for a full listing!)

Plot Summary:

I really loved this plot summary from amazon.com’s Brangien Davis so I thought I’d share it rather than write my own …

“She has a precocious 3-year-old sister who tends to leave wet nappies at the foot of her bed, an insane cat who is prone to leg-shredding “Call of the Wild” episodes, and embarrassing parents who make her want to escape to Stonehenge and dance with the Druids. No wonder 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson laments, “Honestly, what is the point?” A Bridget Jones for the younger set, Georgia records the momentous events of her life–and they are all momentous–in her diary, which serves as a truly hilarious account of what it means to be a modern girl on the cusp of womanhood. No matter that her particular story takes place in England, the account of her experiences rings true across the ocean (and besides, “Georgia’s Glossary” swiftly eradicates any language barriers).

The author, Louise Rennison, is a British comedy writer and it shows. Whether Georgia is dealing with wearing a bra (“OK, it’s a bit on the loose side and does ride up round my neck if I run for the bus”), pondering kissing and how to know which way to turn your head (“You don’t want to be bobbing around like pigeons for hours”), or managing the results of an overzealous eyebrow-plucking episode (“Obviously, now I have to stay in forever”), she always cracks us up. Georgia struggles with the myriad issues facing teen girls–boys, of course being at the forefront–but she does it with such humor and honesty it almost seems like a good time. This refreshingly funny book is ripe for a sequel, which readers will await in droves. (Ages 11 and older).” –Brangien Davis

My Take:

I love this book so much and find it so incredibly hilarious that I was afraid if I attempted a plot summary like Brangien Davis’s I would end up just retelling the whole thing! Of all the diary style books that I have read, this is by far my favorite. Georgia and her girlfriends are goofy, silly, crazy and seriously how I saw myself and my friends at her age. The tween/teen years are so awkward, yet it is comforting to read/hear about other people your age who are just as awkward if not more so than you are. No matter what she and her girlfriends do, things always seem to take a turn for the worse.

Parents (or guardians or educators) do not judge a book by its cover! When my school bought this book there were plenty of teachers and a few parents who thought it was inappropriate for the age group. Other titles in this series include On the Bright Side I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God and Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers. SOOOO, maybe the titles are a little shocking but this shock value is exactly what is going to attract the readers. Remember, Louise Rennison is a British author/comedian so it’s going to contain British humor. There is nothing wildly inappropriate about this series. Most of the kids who have checked out this book have either loved it or not understood its humor and as a result stopped reading. I would highly encourage kids to keep reading and to not forget that Rennison does provide readers with a glossery about British slang/language.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! As Georgia Nicolson would say it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”

Similar Read: Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary … Ok, ok I know this is kickin it a little old school, but I seriously felt that Georgia Nicolson with all her mishaps could be a teen version of Ramona Quimby. Actually after reading the Georgia Nicolson series I felt an urge to go back and reread my old Ramona books.

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