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Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison

March 29, 2013

Bibliographic information (APA Style): Rennison, Lousie (1999). Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicholson. Harper Tempest: London, United Kingdom.

Category: Chick-Lit or Romance

Subcategories: Award-winning, & Realistic Fiction

Descriptive Summary: With a slightly mad half-wild pet cat, a younger sister that gets into everything, two clueless parents she will never understand, and a major crush on a boy called Robbie who won’t go out with her, is it any wonder that Georgia Nicholson is frustrated with her life? Half the time she does not know what to do with her self-absorbed friend Jas (who likes a boy called Tom), and the other half she does not understand men and their mysterious ways, or how to live with her eccentric family. Book one in the series of ten books, Confessions of Georgia Nicholson follows the mad, comedic, tragic, and really empathetic adventures of Georgia Nicholson through her exciting (and often painful) years of growing up in England. Written in epistolary form, this book will make you laugh out loud as you listen in on Georgia’s rambling, but always poignant, monologue about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl.

Book Talking Hooks: Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging is a totally relatable book for teens that draws on many events and scenarios that a young person may find themselves in, as well as having probably thought of the same things that Georgia does at any given moment.

For instance, many teens become frustrated with their parent’s insistence that they “do things as a family,” to which Georgia responds, “we are four people who, through great misfortune, happen to be stuck in the same house. Why make it worse by hanging around in garden centers or going for a walk together?” (Rennison, 1999, p. 29). How many of us have wanted to say something like that?!

Other situations that Georgia often finds herself in have real comedic value; it really does make you laugh out loud! When Georgia and her friend Jas decide to spy on Lindsay, a girl they don’t like, they creep around her house imagining themselves to be super sleuths until the next door neighbor sees them and then all pandemonium breaks out. What ensues is hilarious! (Rennison, 1999, p. 184).

Evaluative Comments: 4/5. Given that the story is based in England and the characters use English slang, it is really useful that there is a glossary of terms at the back of the book for an American reader. This has helped make the book more accessible to a culturally removed audience, while still keeping it embedded in context.

This book is really funny. Georgia’s dealings with her parents (Rennison, 1999, p. 13, 20, 21, 34, & 136) and her half-mad pet cat (Rennison, 1999, p. 7, & 30) are so random and awkward (as family encounters can be), but it really does make you laugh! One of the strengths of this book is that it does encourage a person to laugh about the things they cannot change and the frame of mind to accept situations as they are.

Readers Advisory Notes: Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging is really funny, quirky, romantic, and rich in conversational variety and tone. Anyone who enjoys reading epistolary forms of writing will enjoy this slightly offbeat comedy!

Fans of this book will also enjoy other books such as The Boyfriend List (15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs, and Me Ruby Oliver) by E. Lockhart, as well as Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyna Sheldon.

Reason for Inclusion: This book won the Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award when it was released and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award in 2000, as well as being named a Printz Honor Book in 2001. Not only does this book come highly recommended officially, but many friends who had read it and enjoyed it also recommended this book to me as a prefect candidate for this genre. I was not disappointed!

Suggested Audience: I would recommend this book for young adults in general, but especially teenage girls because they can empathize with the laughable struggles that Georgia Nicholson deals with as she flounders around with all the ‘normal’ angst of a teenage girl.

References

The Branford Boase Award (2012). “Previous Winners.” Retrieved from http://www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk/branfordboaseawd.html

Book Trust (2002). “Nestle’s Children’s Book.” Retrieved from http://www.booktrust.org.uk/prizes-and-awards/13

Yalsa (2012). “Michael L. Printz Winners and Honors Books List.” Retrieved from

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/bookawards/printzaward/previouswinners/winners

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