Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison is your Bridget Jones Diary for the teenage girl. It’s a collection of random musings and ramblings of our teenage heroine Georgia who has a wildcat called Angus for a pet, a sister called Libby who loves wetting her bedstead religiously and a mother who seems too friendly with the handsome interior decorator while her father’s away in New Zealand. Georgia and her “Ace Gang” are your slightly sobered down Teenage Drama Queens, though it’s not for lack of trying. Their sole aim is to get a boyfriend and have a party at the coolest club in the town.
What saves this book from being a complete letdown is Rennison’s writing. A comedienne, her talent at tickling the funny bone shows. She makes the sorry old tales of a hormone filled teenager sound much more hilarious than they can possibly have the scope to be. You’ll be tut-tutting and shaking your head with exasperation and chuckling or smothering your laughs alternatively throughout the course of 160 pages. Though aimed as an YA novel, adults can also pick up this book and ask themselves if that is how they behaved when they were “young adults” aka teenagers and have a good laught about it.
Read it for Ms. Rennison’s noteworthy attempt to make a Bridget out of our teenage Georgie. I guess there are sequels in the making or are already there in the Young Adult novel-verse. But more of that, after you get through this journal of snarky confessions.
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