Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging- Louise Rennison

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.

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4 thoughts on “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging- Louise Rennison

  1. I know I haven’t read this book, because I would remember the title, but I feel like I have. I KNOW I’ve read a book where the main character spend time figuring out the best smiles/make-up/clothes to minimize her nose. And you aren’t a stodgy old reader. You enjoyed the Sloppy First series – a realistic look at a teenager – self obsessed, but still with a little grasp on the world around her.

    I’ll probably skip this one 😉

    • This reminded me a lot of some of the chick lit books I read in the early 2000s… Bridget Jones or Shopaholic, stuff like that. Granted I haven’t read those books in a LONG time, but I remember it being a lot of self-deprecating sort of humor while waiting for that perfect guy to actually notice the main character. It sort of made me think that this book is just a little out of date in terms of what I expect from YA/chick lit… or maybe it was just going for easy laughs, I dunno. Either way, you’re not missing much… though you could easily plow through this in a day should you ever need something quick and easy!

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