Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is Georgia Nicholson’s journal, recording her funny observations about her life as a (stereo)typical teenager who worries incessantly about the size of her nose, boys, and the approval of her peers.
This book has been out for a long while and I just now have gotten around to reading it. I sort of wish I’d read it when I first started hearing about it 10 years ago. Georgia’s charm and teen worries were sort of lost on me. Yeah, I think I’m a stodgy old reader at this point. While I enjoyed that this was a quick, light-hearted read, I was pretty unimpressed with Georgia’s character. She is very insecure to the point that she just comes off as shallow. She spends an inordinate amount of time talking about plucking her eyebrows and how to smile to make her nose look smaller and how to wear a school uniform beret without messing up her hair. The rest of the time she talks about boys. How boys don’t like funny girls. How she learns to kiss a boy. How she’s jealous of her friend’s boyfriend. Oh yeah, and her parents are completely daft. I know, I know, basically I’m complaining that she’s a teenager. But I think there are ways to write about the teenage experience that aren’t so… shallow and superficial.
Clearly this is a book with long-standing popularity and it certainly is a fun, breezy little book… sort of like chick lit for teens. I just don’t think that I’m cut out for the continuing saga of Georgia Nicholson.