Thursday, October 20, 2011

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

Title: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
Series: The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Book #: One
Author: Louise Rennison 
Published: 2001
Source: Borrowed
My Rating:  

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!" (taken from


Wow, sorry, just had to get that out of my system. Now, there comes a time in every teenage girl's life where she just NEEDS a book like this. That is to say, she needs a book packed with the hilarious, over-the-top, ridiculous but true drama of high school. While Georgia might kick everything up a notch on the comedy scale, the basic emotions and desires of every teenage girl is embodied in her tale of side-splitting escapades. 

From Georgia's certainty that she is "ugly" and needs to be placed in an "ugly home," to her obsession with the Sex God, almost every thought the main character has is something every girl can relate to. While I don't actually know anyone who has accidentally shaved their eyebrows off, I do know girls (ahem... me and my friends...) who have stalked boys, hoping for a crooked smile or a simple hello. 

The profuse use British slang only makes it all funnier. After all, "snogging" is one of the book's obvious themes. There were so many phrases I muttered under my breath, snickering all the while. Why can't we Americans talk like this? 

What I love most about this book is that Georgia seems to be unaware of how dramatic and hilarious she is. As far as she's concerned, the events of this journal are life-changing, serious problems. I mean, who wouldn't flip out if the boy they're in love with was dating a "wet," thong-wearing girl named Lindsey? Or what if your cat was trying to devour your neighbor's poodle?

All in all, Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging is a wacky novel stuffed with vivacious characters, lighthearted comedy, and preposterous schemes concocted by the slightly insane Georgia Nicolson. I'd definitely recommend this one to lovers of Meg Cabot'sThe Princess Diaries series. Be sure to pick this one up! You can thank me when you're giggling like a middle school girl :)

*This is the trailer from the movie, which is quite different from the novels. I don't picture Georgia anything like this, but it does seem to capture the quirky feel of the story. I may have to give the film a shot.