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Withering Tights

(The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  5,860 ratings  ·  758 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
Paperback, 351 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by CollinsFlamingo (first published July 5th 2010)
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jv poore
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely delightful Young Adult novel. The main character is a quirky, gawky 14 year old girl off to a performing arts school for the summer. She is relatively self-aware of her oddities; however, not so much of her attributes. While Tallulah doesn't necessarily embrace the clumsiness and awkwardness of being a teen-aged girl, she plods, unapologetically, through our story in a quite charming fashion. She seems to possess a self-confidence despite her belief that she may be a bit od ...more
Apr 01, 2010 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: 2010, ya, 2012, chick-lit, 2013
As seen on The Readventurer

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
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louise Rennison is a comic genius. Her books are so good-naturedly, wholeheartedly zany that it doesn't matter that I've read this plot a dozen times, or that Tallulah and her friends are mostly indistinguishable from each other. The scene in which the Tree Sisters yell confidence quotes while running around in a field made me die laughing.

As we were going out, Blaise said to me, “What’s your name?” I said, “Tallulah Casey.” She said, “Watching you is like watching someone whose pants are on f
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!



Every single character in Withering Tights
Emily :: {A Bushel of Books}
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
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2011 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
This was a total let down. I LOVE the Georgia books. (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging) They are some of my favorites, so I was super excited to read this one.

It was kind of horrible. I gave it my customary 50 pages and then had to stop because I just didn't like it at all. The writing was all over the place - it was a like a fly who can't figure out where to land and just keeps flitting about. There was nothing cohesive tying it together. It wasn't funny, either, like Rennison's other b
Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this right after I finished off the Georgia Nicholson series. I was expecting a lot of sarcastic responses and well-timed wit, much like Georgia's. I was so disappointed. Tallulah is not funny, witty or anything Georgia is. Louise Rennison tried very hard to recreate Georgia but also make Tallulah different, to avoid a book just like Georgia Nicholson... but... not.

Tallulah's antics were just strange and without comedic timing. One star for trying (and because I loved Georgia so much).
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cartea nu mi-a placut in mod special, dar recunosc ca mi-au placut fratii aia cu nume ciudat, desi nu au fost atat de bine conturati precum speram.
Si recunosc ca mi-a placut si inca fabgirluiesc cuplul Flossie si Seth. Nu ma judecati.
Ash ♡
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hahahah this book was hilarious
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was just a bland copy of the Georgia-series
There were so many similarities that it was laughable...and not in the good way
I didn't think it was funny at all, while the Georgia series always cracked me up
Very disappointed :-(
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rereading Louise Rennison's books is like hanging out with an old friend and I love it.
daisy butler
it drags on sooo much and i couldn’t finish it because it wasnt good!
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah (A Weebish Book Blog)

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
Oct 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lori Twichell
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
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
Georgia Perry
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
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
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I hope that when you hear Louise Rennison, you instantly think HILARIOUS (because of her Georgia Nicolson books). And if you haven't read Georgia's books, now would be a good time to do so - or you can start with her new series, which begins with Withering Tights!

Because it is equally as hysterical.

Most of the books I have been reading lately have had more serious plots and characters, so I had a lot of fun reading Withering Tights. It's set in Europe, where Talullah is attending a school of art
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Louise Rennison was the bestselling award-winning author of the phenomenally successful ‘Confessions of Georgia Nicolson’ series, translated into over 34 languages and to the stage and big screen as ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’. She has won the Nestle Smarties Book Prize, the Michael L. Printz Honor Book and the Roald Dahl Funny prize for ‘Withering Tights’. Louise sadly died on the Februa ...more

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