Retro Reads: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging
by Louise Rennison
Harper Teen, 1999
(read Spring 2005)
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging is the first book in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. Told in a journal format, this is the story of the life and times of British teen Georgia. She’s a little dramatic, a little over-the-top, and a lot hilarious. She’s got a pesty three-year-old sister, a crazy cat, a crush on bad boy, a bestie named Jas, and parents that make her groan. From what I can remember, there is no super-important plot here…just Georgia navigating the drama of life.
And it works. Oh my goodness, it works. You could consider this a fluffy girl book, but I promise you it’s more than that. The writing is excellent! Rennison captures the dramatic teen voice perfectly. What I remember about this book, seven years later, is laughing until it hurt…and then laughing some more. The word choice and timing here are spot on. I think I appreciate the writing more as an adult because I realize how difficult it is to write in such a clever, dramatic, hilarious way.
Georgia Nicolson isn’t for everyone, but I highly recommend her if you like to laugh. I’ve seen comparisons to Bridget Jones’ Diary and Meg Cabot novels. I would describe the series as a younger, more dramatic, less-polished Ruby Oliver. It’s a quick read that’s withstood the test of time, which is why I recommend it. I own it, and purchased copies for my school library (recommended for middle school and up). You should do both, too.
Old School Reads is a weekly (if I feel like it!) feature for me to review books I read before I started my blog. It’s probably heavy on books from 1990-2007, which may or may not be considered truly “old school” by everyone. But hey, it’s old(er) school to me.