Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is the diary of Georgia Nicholson. Georgia is a typical teenage girl growing up in England. She lives with her...moreAngus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is the diary of Georgia Nicholson. Georgia is a typical teenage girl growing up in England. She lives with her mum, dad, rambunctious little sister Libby, and her large and partially wild cat Angus. When Georgia’s best friend Jas falls for a boy named Tom, the two friends plot ways to “accidentally” run into him and strike up conversations. During one such encounter, Georgia finds out that Tom’s older brother Robbie is a gorgeous “sex god.” The problem is, Robbie is already going out with a girl a year older that Georgie, the horrible Lindsay.
Georgia’s diary follows her school days, turbulent teenage friendships, and first experiences in relationships. From organizing school-wide pranks, to attending snogging class, Georgia’s life hilarious and drama-filled.
The diary format of this book makes it a very fast and fun read. Georgia’s thoughts are honest, funny, embarrassing, and intensely teenage. Older readers will see elements of their teenage selves in this book, while teen readers will relate to it and be able to laugh at it. Georgia is an easy to relate to teenage character; she can be fun and outrageous one minute, and wallowing in misery the next. The diary takes her though an entire school year, showing the ups and downs of a typical year in high school. This book will likely make readers want to continue with the “Confessions of Georgia Nicholson” series.(less)
Death narrates this story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany with her foster parents.
Shortly after her brother’s death and th...moreDeath narrates this story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany with her foster parents.
Shortly after her brother’s death and the theft of her first book, Liesel Meminger is brought to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Although plagued by nightmares, Liesel bonds with Hans Hubermann as he teaches her to read. She develops a passion for reading and a book collection, acquired from borrowing from the mayor’s wife’s library, and stealing.
Liesel begins to adjust to her new life and make new friends (like neighborhood boy Rudy Steiner), but her life becomes much more complicated and dangerous when the Hubermann’s decided to hide Max Vandenburg, a jewish man, in their basement. Liesel befriends Max, and through him becomes more aware of the looming dangers of living in Nazi Germany.
The people and events in Liesel Meminger’s life shape who she is as she grows from girl into a young woman in increasingly troubled times.
This book is entertaining and highly original. Death is the story’s narrator, and he often switches between the stories of several characters, sometimes telling the events of the story out of order. The Book Thief is funny, devastating, thought-provoking, and relatable. Liesel is experiencing things that most teenagers could not dream of, but her story is so personal that the reader feels as if he/she knows her. This book deals with real historical events, but frames them in the context of a coming of age story. (less)
I read the majority of this book while on the train to and from work, and it caused me to both laugh and cry in public. It is hilarious and devastatin...moreI read the majority of this book while on the train to and from work, and it caused me to both laugh and cry in public. It is hilarious and devastating and brilliant. John Green's books are so relatable and have so much heart, and this book is no exception. It is so nice to read about teenagers who are intelligent and well read, but also totally normal and teenager-y.
It was a privilege to have my heart broken by The Fault in Our Stars.(less)