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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
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Aug 02, 08

bookshelves: fiction, teen

This book is Bridget-Jones-for-teenagers, basically. Very funny, but if you've ever read any comic chick lit, it's likely to seem repetitive.

Most of the observations of teenage life are spot-on: the slutty, hard girls that are universally hated, but everyone still gets railroaded into going along with them; Georgia's utter self-absorption (played effectively here for laughs); all the girls reading their mums' self-help books and unconsciously mimicking older women's behaviour.

However, some of the references are (unintentionally) dated, to the extent that it's jarring. Also, Rennison may be a good comedian, but she's a mediocre writer. Here's a fact: you get marked down in your primary school SATs if you do not begin a new character's dialogue on a new line. There's no excuse for a published author (or her editor) to fail to do so. The change in tenses also made me crazy.

One final complaint: the constant, insensitive talk of "lezzers". Realistic? Sure. Bigoted? That too. :/
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