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Withering Tights (The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,191 Ratings  ·  712 Reviews
Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen – laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed!

Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type. On the w
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Hardcover, 351 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published July 5th 2010)
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Tatiana
May 12, 2012 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to partake in more hilariosity and can relate to corker problems
Shelves: ya, chick-lit, 2010, 2012, 2013
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A new series from Louise Rennison and, thank vati, it does not disappoint.

Talullah Casey is Georgia Nicolson's 14.5-year old cousin and an aspiring performer. She is lucky to have been accepted to a performing arts college Dother Hall for for the summer semester. Here she acquires new (mad) mates and surrenders herself to the wonders of theatre. What is disappointing though is that, it turns out, Dother Hall is an all-girl school. How are girls supposed to enhance thei
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Crystal
Aug 19, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Let me start by saying that I think this new series has great promise. That being said I wasn't as impressed with the first installment as I had hoped to be. The story centers around Tallulah, a 14 year old girl and Georgia's cousin, who is attending an art school for a semester. Of course hilariousity strange wisdomosity follows Tallulah and her new Tree Sisters and their adventures with boys. The reason why I am giving this only 3.5 is because even though I found the story entertaining I felt ...more
Gaby
Aug 21, 2012 Gaby rated it really liked it
THIS WAS ME THE WHOLE FREAKING TIME:







Read my full review here: http://youngadultbookmuncher.wordpres...
Chrissy
Generally speaking, teenage drama takes itself waaaay too seriously. I'm talking about the kind of stuff that keeps ABC Family and The CW in business. It's the sort of thing that makes me want to stab my eyes out with a bamboo shoot, quite honestly (seriously, girls - it's not the end of the world that the boy you like didn't ask you out and you don't need to plot terrible revenge on the girl he did ask out). However, Louise Rennison has a great knack for taking something so horrendous and heino ...more
Sophie
Jul 12, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-author
The first book in Louise Rennison’s new series has a lot to live up to and although it didn’t quite reach the standards of The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Louise Rennison really is a comedy genius. She has a gift for creating madcap families and crazy friends to accompany her equally mad heroines. In Withering Tights we meet Flossie, Ruby, Honey, Vaisey and Jo who all go to Dother Hall with Tallulah. I have to admit that although Withering Tights is funnier than most
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Dwayne
Apr 11, 2011 Dwayne rated it liked it
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Oh dear God this book is insane. It could have easily killed me with its hilarity, and to be entirely honest it might just be the most hilarious, most ridiculous book I've ever read. I wish I read this when I was younger - I'd have loved it! Or well...it could have easily killed me then. It's just too funny!

Tallulah Casey is seriously insane. In a good way. She is a character so full of life it's hard to not be uplifted whenever I open the pages and read abou
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Emily
Sep 10, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awkward at times (though she would attribute this to her too-long legs), Tallulah is still as spunky, cute, and funny as her cousin Georgia, the main character of Rennison’s first and well-known series, the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson.Written novel-style rather than in the diary entries of the earlier series, I failed to find this book as enjoyable as I had Rennison’s others, but liked it nonetheless. I came to love each of the characters in his or her own way, especially the gangly main ch ...more
Lisa
Dec 30, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Cover: 5/5

Looking at this cover, I couldn't help but smile. It's so cute! The stocking textured background, the baby owl, and the legs wearing pink and black stockings.

I love covers like this. Every element in this picture actually has something to do with the story itself. I hate when I finish reading a book, and still have no clue how the cover ties in. Looking at the cover you could guess what the story actually may be about!

Characters-

Favorite:

Every single character in Withering Tights
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Anne
Sep 01, 2011 Anne rated it liked it
It is hard for me to decide what I think about this book. On its own it was a pretty funny story and an entertaining read. OK, but it is so similar to the Georgia Nicolson series that I was kind of disappointed. Tallulah seemed just like Georgia except she hated her knees instead of her nose and had really small boobs rather than great big ones. Many of the jokes and characters seemed the same and I felt like I was just reading another installment of Georgia.

This is not really a bad thing it ju
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Beetle13
Nov 15, 2011 Beetle13 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book.
To be perfectly honest, I don't even know why I picked it up. I only know I was completely stunned by the cover art of the edition I put my hands on - it was simple, yet so beautiful. I guess that is the answer to my question. As far as the book covers go, I believe this one might actually be one of my favorites.
Unfortunately, the cover is the only thing I liked about this book.
I was hardly amused by Tallulah's monologue and the writing style. In fact, I wasn't amused at
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Emily
Mar 23, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am getting dave the laugh vibes from charlie and it makes my heart happy
Ana-Maria Cosmina
Apr 20, 2016 Ana-Maria Cosmina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Christina Wilder
From page 13 (this genuinely laugh out loud funny passage sums up the entire spirit of the book):


I put all my books on the shelves. Wuthering Heights is the set book for the course.

In my study notes it says:

How any human being could have attempted to write Wuthering Heights without committing suicide before finishing two chapters is a mystery. It is a mixture of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors.

Right on!
Stephanie
Apr 20, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
4-1/2 stars

Really, really funny - one of the best comedies I've read for ages - and I can't wait to read the next in the series!

ETA:

I just re-read this book for the 3rd time the last five years since posting my original review, and I laughed out loud SO OFTEN as I read! I love this book and trilogy so much - quite possibly the funniest upper MG/early YA books I've ever read. SO highly recommended!
Vicki
Oct 20, 2014 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was saying to Keressa, this new series tries, but doesn't quite reach the same level of charm as Rennison's Georgia series. For the most part though, I did find Tallullah was built as her own character, with her own charm.

However, the plot felt rushed, large time gaps didn't feel appropriately explained and the ending seemed quite abrupt. I felt there was more plot left to cover but not enough pages to do so in as I was reading. As such I felt unfulfilled at the end, especially since only o
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Ash ♡
Jul 20, 2015 Ash ♡ rated it really liked it
hahahah this book was hilarious
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This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

3.5 stars

I first discovered Rennison’s writing as a sixth grader in middle school. I picked up her Georgia Nicolson book from the library and fell in love with the outrageously hilarious situations the girl seem to land in with her schoolmates. By the time I had finished the book I was hooked. When I learned Rennison had started another series, I had to pick up Withering Tights. I fervently hoped the same level of funny and awkward would be
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Kat
When I learned that Louise Rennison was writing another YA series to follow up her successful Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, my curiosity was piqued. I had read all ten books of the Georgia series over the course of two months, and they were hilarious and entertaining. Naturally I had similar expectations for this new series about Georgia's younger cousin Tallulah Casey.

Tallulah is a 14-year-old who's off to spend a summer at Dother Hall studying performing arts. She's got knobby knees and leg
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Rebecca
Jan 04, 2013 Rebecca rated it liked it
Fourteen year old Tallulah is going to theater summer school in a small town in Yorkshire, and is staying with a family in the tiny village nearby (a rope-skipping competition to see if they can get the whole village skipping with one rope is prime entertainment). Although the school is all girls, there's a boys school nearby, as well as several unexpectedly gorgeous local hunks. If Tallulah can ever grow into her impossibly long legs and perhaps grow a little in the chest area, will she finally ...more
Nicola
Withering Tights follows the life of Tallulah Casey, who is also a cousin to Georgia from Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. The two girls do have a lot in common but Tallulah was a lot less funny and not as ridiculous and over the top as Georgia which didn't make it as enjoyable to read. It was okay for the first hundred pages or so but it got a bit tiring after that as it was really repetitive and not as witty as any of Georgia's books. That said, it wasn't bad or anything. It certainly ...more
Sara
Mar 07, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
This book was just what I needed while home sick with a cold. Frank, awkward British humor is like warm soup to me, for some reason. Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging was one of the few teen novels I actually read as a teenager, and I am sooo glad she's back with a new series!

Tallulah is just as honest about the awkwardness of growing up as her cousin Georgia is -- the biggest difference between the two of them is that Tallulah is attending a performing arts summer prog
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Diane
Mar 12, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly hilarious, beyond even the Georgia Nicolson series. It has a lot of British humor and references in it that can't even be explained by the directory in the back, however, so it may be challenging for the average American teen. It pokes fun at so much, especially at the awkwardness of growing up. Also at the small theatre, where people take themselves far too seriously (I've been there and backed carefully out). Tallulah is Georgia's very innocent cousin, and there is even a ...more
Himesugar
Aug 13, 2011 Himesugar rated it liked it
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I really enjoyed the first series by this author, and was expecting this to be as good. It wasn't though, it just didn't have that laughable edge. It was funny, but not to the extent of the other series by the author. We are introduced to Tallulah, who is the typical character in a Louise Rennison book. Her flaws are at the front of her mind, like any young girl. She has just moved to attend a college for the summer, it's a performing arts college, this gi
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Doris
Oct 23, 2012 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This irreverent tale of a youngster struggling to define her place in life is amusing, and true to life. Tallulah is the star, and she comes to Yorkshire as a loner, part of a strange family she rarely sees. She immediately makes friends, and with her own eccentric sense of humor makes a place for herself in the 'college' of performing arts.

She is segregated from her classmates due to a lack of enough beds, but still manages to spend much of her time visiting, mingling and giggling over boys. T
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Sasha
Oct 13, 2010 Sasha rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: chick-lit fans, anyone looking for some teenage problems to have a giggle at
Withering Tights is your typical made-for-teenage-girls type of book, right up to the cover. Covered in shiny kisses and stripy tights, it's the story of Tallulah Casey. Tallulah's your every day, slightly bonkers fourteen year, who's never been kissed (and dying to change that), and is heading off to an arts college in the exotic land of Yorkshire. To the middle of nowhere in Yorkshire, no less, where she ends up staying with the somewhat nutty Dobbin's and their interesting children. To top it ...more
Jessica-Robyn
Jul 11, 2014 Jessica-Robyn rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica-Robyn by: Tatiana
Withering Tights took a while to win me over, but I'm happy to report that it rallied in the second half and kept me reading. Tallulah Casey is a very interesting young girl and that's what this all comes down to. As the story progressed I found myself more and more endeared to her character. She kept the story alive and pushed it forward in ways I would have never expected.

Speaking of expectations. I don't know exactly what I was expecting from this book when I started it. This is the first th
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Libby
May 04, 2011 Libby rated it really liked it
As much as I found Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series to be incredibly funny and enjoyable, I sort of pooped out on the later volumes, since the protagonist, witty, mad, and delightful as she is, never really grows much as a character, except in the basooma department. Thus, I was delighted beyond words to find the heroine of her new series, Tallulah Casey, to be refreshingly sincere in addition to being witty, mad, and delightful, without the self-absorption endemic to Georgia. ...more
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it liked it
It took me a little while to really begin to understand Tallulah’s voice. The book takes place in Britain and even though I love British television (there is at least one Doctor Who reference in this book by the way) and I regularly watch films and entertainment from across the pond, I still had a hard time. There are a lot of words and turns of phrase that I didn’t quite catch when the British-isms got mashed up with teenager-isms.

I did take note that the book states it is for ages thirteen and
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Georgia Perry
May 20, 2012 Georgia Perry rated it really liked it
I was slightly sceptical about reading a new series from one of my favourite authors, as I was unsure if louise would again kill me with her amazing sense of humour, which I can personally connect to. But I genuinely enjoyed this book, in fact i think i prefer it to the georgia nicolson series! Although I think this one is possibly aimed at a slightly younger audience, it is just as good for an older teen.

Tallulah Casey has just embarked on an amazing journey to...YORKSHIRE! Why!?!?!?!? Tallulah
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Kaisa
Feb 20, 2011 Kaisa rated it really liked it
Oh, this book is so much fun!! I'm 19, and I don't even care that it looks strange to see me reading this. IMO, this book is for people of all ages. Everyone needs to read a quick fun book from time to time. And if you agree, you should pick this up.

Louise Rennison is the author of the Georgia Nicolson books, and everyone knows how hilarious those books are. I remember reading them when I was 14 and I simply fell in love with Rennison's casual and witty way of writing.

Like in the Georgia books,
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