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

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Cover of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison4 Stars

Georgia Nicolson is fourteen and full of typical fourteen-year-old girl drama. Through her hilarious diary entries, we learn about her disastrous attempt at plucking her eyebrows, her fantasies about a guy she calls the Sex God (even though she doesn’t seem very clear about what sex actually involves), her fights with friends, and her triumphs at school.

Oh my gosh. I giggled all the way through this, feeling about 14 myself. Georgia just cracked me up. My poor husband couldn’t get me to put it down and had to listen to me laughing and snorting to myself as I read. Oh, Georgia, you did my poor downtrodden, immediately post-Grapes of Wrath heart good.

I recognized Georgia, and I think most of us will. I know some girls bypass the giggly, boy-obsessed stage completely, but I was not one of them. I was quiet about it, horrified at the idea that a boy might actually think I liked him, even if it was true, but at home I had my magazines and my walls were pretty much wallpapered with photos I’d ripped out of them and pinned up. My poor parents had no idea what happened.

And that’s where Georgia is in life. She comes across as pretty fearless. I was first shocked by some of the things she did but then I would giggle away again. It’s all pretty harmless though.

I don’t know if I would like Georgia in real life (she’s the type who would immediately tell a boy that you liked him), but on the page, I adored her. She is irrepressible, funny, insecure, sarcastic, and a nightmare of a teenage girl.

Teens and adults who can relate and who aren’t afraid of Georgia’s crude sense of humor should absolutely pick this up. It was just what I needed for a reading pick-me-up.

Banned: According to Banned Books, “its frank discussion of boys, and references to lesbianism, pornography and erections have made Angus… a target for censorship in US schools.”
I knew it would be something like this. Georgia is 14. She throws out words she doesn’t even know the meaning of. Seriously. She wonders if she’s a lesbian and then she’s horrified when she gets a better idea of what that entails. She’s a drama queen. She’s curious. She’s honest about her curiosity. She and her friends talk about their curiosity. To me, she’s a healthy teenage girl, acting the way most of us did/do.

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