Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Book Review: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Title: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
Author: Louise Rennison
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, Book 1
Publisher: Harper Teen
Hardcover: 247 pages
Source: Chicago Public Library
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)

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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!”

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This is a cute romantic-comedy type book that is written in diary-style and follows the story of Georgia Nicolson, a teen who’s just trying to find herself a decent boyfriend and survive school. If you’re unfamiliar with UK culture, you might want to skip out on this, since it takes place in England and it’s key that you understand the lingo. While there is a list of slang in the book, I think it’s just better if you’re familiar with it.

Overall, I found this fun and fluffy. It has some amusing, entertaining moments, but doesn’t really contain a whole lot in terms of real substance. It’s good for a laugh and a light read, but if you’re expecting any deep concepts to be explored, this isn’t the book for you. What Rennison does perfectly is capture what it’s like to be a teenager and how you interact with your friends and family during that age; it certainly brought me back to my high school days where I obsessed over how my skin looked and being “cool.”

I can see the series developing into something more substantial in later books, but all Georgia cares about is how she looks, how other people view her, getting a boyfriend, and having fun. This is perfect for a teen reader who doesn’t want to learn any deeper lessons about life, but just wants something light-hearted.

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