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

October 9, 2008

Title: Angus, Thongs, & Full-Frontal Snogging

Author: Louise Rennison

Rating: ★★★★★

Number of Pages: 234.

Edition: Paperback

Extra info: First book in Georgia Nicolson Series

 

Contains: Drama, Humor, Relationships, Romance.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 8

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 7

 Summary: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging follows the journal of a teenage girl named Georgia Nicolson who battles with love, life and her crazy cat named Angus.

Georgia is growing up in England with her best friend Jas (Jasmine) and the rest of the Ace Gang. Living with her family: Connie Nicolson (Mother), Bob Nicolson (Father), her little sister Libby (Liberty) and her half Scottish half Wild cat Angus is not easy. Georgia falls for a ‘gorgey’ boy named Robbie, referred to by Georgia as The Sex God or SG. After taking snogging lessons, Georgia finally wins Robbie over, although a web of affairs means that not everything goes to plan.

My Review(spoiler-free!): Hello mates. This book and/or diary thingy is the first in the series about Georgia Nicolson; it was fabbity fab fab to read. Seriously, my family looked at me weird more than five times while reading this book. This being the about third time I read Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging I didn’t expect to burst out like I did. On the contrary, I had forgotten how incredible it was. The book is about an English girl going through life. She has problems with friends, family, neighbors, teachers, and boys. Most of the book is sarcastically funny. It ties down where Georgia is almost Robbie (the sex god she’s in love with)’s girlfriend. I can relate to Georgia, she is NOT beautiful, popular, and perfect and is rather completely on a mood roller coaster. One moment she hates her life and doesn’t want to get out her bed and then the next she’s ecstatic about the most silliest things. Awarded a Printz Award, Mrs. Rennison is one truly realistic writer. The whole Brit chick thing makes it even better in my opinion, having to go into the glossary in the back of the book to understand what she is saying at times. It’s easy to read and easy to follow, yet very unpredictable. From Angus (her cat), to Jas (her best friend), to Robbie (the sex god), this is sure to be a very recommended read. Don’t forget there’s eight more books to read after this one!

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

July 31, 2008

Title: The Truth About Forever

Author: Sarah Dessen
Number of Pages: 374, paperback.
Released: 2004.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
It was: awesome!

Summary: Macy Queen’s summer is going to be pretty low-key. She’s going to work at the library, filling in for her boyfriend Brian who is away at Brain Camp. However the summer takes a twist when she has to spring into action when the caterer her mother hired for a work dinner is in total disaster mode. The company is called Wish Catering. It consists of Delia: so pregnant she’s about to blow, Monica: slow-walking and monotone, Bert: total sci-fi fanatic, Kristy: with her scars and beauty, and Wes: the good-looking artist that Macy connects with most. What was a once-in-a-lifetime experience of catering to save her mom’s dinner turns into a job Macy truly loves… especially more than the library where she clearly doesn’t belong. Her mother, however, thinks Macy should continue what she’s been doing during the beginning of the summer: studying for the SATs and working at the library. But Macy realizes that there’s more to life than being an A+ student. Living life, for real, is so much better. Her relationships with her friends from Wish teach her that. Macy’s mother however, doesn’t concur. But what does she know if she doesn’t even grieve Macy’s dad’s death correctly, taking everything that reminds her of him from the house like he wasn’t even there? This summer Macy is going to learn a lot more than what she bargained for.
My Thoughts (contains spoilers, seriously): This was truly an amazing book. I loved Macy’s character because she is so realistic… I feel like she could be walking the streets even when she’s just a character. I felt so good when she left the library. I was like “you go, girl!”. Kristy is really cool and confident. Wes, wow, I totally fell in love with him. Him and his angel statues are beautiful. He is so sweet and so perfect with Macy. I was so aggravated at Brian when he sent the email to take a break, I was like “what the heck, what kind of boyfriend does this?”. Macy’s mom was the character that got me the angriest. I was mad when reading her parts, wishing she could’ve read the book I’m reading in Macy’s point of view. She works so much and expects so much from Macy… she’s just a teenager, let her relax. In the end I was so happy Macy and Wes ended up together because they deserve each other.
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Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

January 8, 2008


Title: Bloom 

Author: Elizabeth Scott

Number of Pages: 231.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
It was: awesome!
I loved it. Period. This book is about a girl named Lauren who has what freshman look at like a “perfect life.” Lauren has a perfect boyfriend, Dave, who is nothing but nice, athletic, and did I mention all other qualities to make him perfect. But Lauren feels nothing with him. Nothing at all, no butterflies, no sparks, he’s just there and not even his kisses feel that good. He’ll never touch her because he’s very religious and respects her. What girl wouldn’t like that? Lauren is one of them. Entering a new term, senior year, she meets someone for the second time. Evan Kirkland. Who is he? He’s one of his dad’s five girlfriends after Lauren’s mom left’s son. The last time she had seen him they were around 8. Now, Evan has moved to this high school, the third in three years. Soon, all Lauren does is think of him. About that even when she looks at him she feels more than how she feels when Dave talks and kisses her. He’s so safe and yet all the freshman girls drool over him and hate her. What is wrong with Lauren?   

She falls for Evan, quickly meeting him everyday after school at the library. He does his homework here because he works from 6pm-2am at freight. Crazy, but that explains the cuts and bruises he has. But every look at Evan, his messy hair and his smile makes her even more crazy over him. Apparently so has he because sooner than that they are kissing behind everybody’s back. Katie, Lauren’s best friend doesn’t even know what’s going on. Dave acts normal. Lauren doesn’t know how to end it with Dave and on he goes planning things of their future. But its just pointless because lauren doesn’t feel the same. Family drama here too. Her dad barely talks to her, mostly he’s on business stuff all the time. At the end Lauren makes her choice. The choice is not unpredictable but I loved how Elizabeth Scott ended it. When her dad spoke to her and told her exactly how she felt. Like it was all repeating. I love Evan and Lauren together.
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Rx by Tracy Lynn

December 24, 2007

Title: Rx

Author: Tracy Lynn

Number of Pages: 272.

Rating: 5 out of 5. 

It was: awesome!
Amazing book. Prescription drugs nowadays are plenty widespread, and this book caught me because of its title and that it was rather small. Its about a girl named Thyme (yes, Thyme) Gilcrest who is always trying to fit in to the crowd with the good grades. She herself gets good grades, but not because it comes easy like the other kids but rather because she forces herself that even on Friday nights she studies. Thyme has it made up in her mind that she has to get into a prestigious college so she doesn’t disappoint her mom, dad, and specially herself. By a sheer instance she comes in contact with a bottle of Ritalin, a “study” drug, and ultimately sticks in her purse. 

Now she’s begun a whole new part of her life; she takes Ritalin to give her the extra boost in school work but soon needs a source for more Ritalin. This is how she becomes a drug dealer, dealing everything from pot, Ritalin, Xanax, and other drugs. She even makes a tin box for her stash. Friendships are tested when her stash goes missing. Thyme becomes infatuated with a boy who doesn’t seem to notice her, or does he? Soon, she’s invited to all the cool parties for all the jocks and populars. However, it’s just because of her drugs. She continues on because she is trying to help people. Thyme is trying to control one aspect of her life since she can’t control the others (acing the SATs, making her mom and dad happy by getting into a good college). This is one thing that makes her feel like she’s on top of everything. Soon she experiments with more than just Ritalin. She has horrible days, behavior like she’s insane, and in the end you’re very attached to the book. The ending is unpredictable, so don’t try to predict it.
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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

December 13, 2007

Title: Nineteen Minutes

Author: Jodi Picoult

Number of Pages: 465.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
It took me: 6 days.

It was: awesome!

Nineteen Minutes was one heck of a book.

Josie Cormier is a junior at Sterling High School and is part of the “popular” posse. Her friends are all popular and pretty, and seem to pull it off so well. But Josie hates it. She’s always feeling as if she’s going to fall from the latter one of these days. Meanwhile, we encounter Peter Houghton. He is also a junior, and he used to know Josie pretty well. They used to be best friends from nursery school until 6th grade. That’s when Josie began hanging out with the cool people and stopped talking to Peter. Peter has always been delicate since birth, causing him to be the prime child in his class to get picked on-daily. He shelters out in the world of game-programming, which he is skilled at. Even though outside he feels safer he is not really; inside school he is bullied uncontrollably for years. That is, until he does the unthinkable for the town of Sterling.

Killing 10 students, wounding 19 others; Peter is taken to jail. Why did he do it? That is answered in this court-room drama. His lawyer, Jordan McAfee has one in-the-toilet case, and the prosecution is thriving. But, with a surprise twist in the end that will keep your mouth open it is definitely not what you think. This is told in third-person flashback to the days when Peter was in the sandbox and how it all began all the way to the actual day. All the characters- Josie, Josie’s mom Alex, Detective Ducharme, Peter’s mother and father, all compile to trying to acknowledge what caused this catastrophe. What I mean is that this does not all have to do with Peter… it deals Judge Cormier, Lacy Houghton, Josie and the cool posse, and how their lives correlate to this unbelievable story. In the end, you will cry, not because of the circumstances or the outcome, but because you wish there was more to read; you wish there was more to make it all better. (In my opinion, this story is better than My Sister’s Keeper.) This is a outstanding read, no doubt.

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

December 1, 2007

Title: My Sister’s Keeper

Author: Jodi Picoult

Number of Pages: 423.
Rating: 5 out of 5.

It was: awesome!

My Sister’s Keeper is a book I probably wouldn’t have surfaced if it wasn’t for a friend. She told me it was a complete tear jerker and that I would love (and hate) every bit of it. So I got down to it. It is about a girl named Anna Fitzgerald who has a sister named Kate that has leukemia. Except that the purpose that Anna was conceived was to help her sister, after everyone else in the family is not capable of being a donor. Anna is a designer baby, made by scientists to be a match for Kate. Since she was very small, she had to be given shots to grow her bone marrow which she gives to Kate, she provides white blood cells when Kate’s go down, and endures other needle-sticking situations. Anna takes this on as a responsibility.

This is, until Anna goes to a lawyer, Campbell, and asks for the right to her body from her parents. Campbell takes on the job free of charge, because he too was invisible to his parents when young. He is still in love with the woman whose heart he broke 15 years ago. Guess what? Judge DeSalvo (the judge appointed to the case) has selected a guardian ad litem to see what’s in Anna’s best interests, Julia, who isthat woman. Jesse, the oldest Fitzgerald, is rapidly becoming a juvenile delinquent. The father, Brian, is out saving lives as a firefighter and trying to have two opinions between what has been proposed by Anna. And the mother, Sara, a lawyer who quit her job for her children, revives the lawyer in her as opposing counsel against Anna, who only has one opinion: saving Kate for her sake of her family.

It’s an amazing story and a definite page-turner . It is one family’s trying to survive when everything is going down. You won’t believe the ending.

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Easy by Kerry Cohen Hoffmann

November 3, 2007

Title: Easy

Author: Kerry Cohen Hoffmann
Number of Pages: 163.
Rating: 5 out of 5.

It was: awesome!  One of the best books I’ve read in a while. Who doesn’t like attention? Jessica lives with her mom and sister, Anne. Her mom is always crying and making people feel bad that her Dad left her for another woman, Dana. Jessica likes a boy in class who always just uses her sexually and doesn’t care about her emotionally, but she begs on for more because it does get her attention. Meanwhile, she meets a man named Ted, who gives her ALL the attention she wants. Jessica, an aspiring photographer, has a self-portrait due for a contest in 3 months.

She gets lost in her life, with her mother being how she is, her dad and Dana planning on getting married, Anne caring about her mother even if she doesn’t get it back. She has no one to take care for HER and she has no one to make her feel wanted. She tries finding herself, it takes a while but it happens. She ditched her friend Tiffany when she was going through the same thing on being called the school tramp. At the end of the book, she is the strongest. She gets her life together and she meets a boy, Cory, who seems to want to in the future care about her, oh and he’s a photographer too. I like the ending, its very happy… just like I like them.