Saturday, August 21, 2010

Book Blast from the Past

This feature was inspired by a post by Eleni at La Femme Readers. My goal for this new feature is to go back to the books that I loved as a pre-teen/teen, and write about why I still enjoy them.

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Although the final book in this series was released this year, the Georgia Nicholson series is definitely one of my favorites. First published in the US in 1999, this is perhaps the funniest book/series that I've ever read. Over the course of 10 books, I laughed until my sides hurt. Plus, this series also taught me an important life lesson about reading in public. If you start laughing in public, everyone will stare at you like you're insane.The books also gave me my first taste of British slang (there are definitions at the back of the book, so that readers can look up slang they don't understand). Some of it, and other saying from Georgia have stayed with me.

One of the things that makes this series great, aside from the humor, is the cast of characters. They're all fun, and completely human. They all have their flaws, and Georgia is quick to point them out. She also has a group of friends that is equally as crazy as she is. I can only imagine how idiotic I looked when I tried to seem cool at 15. Actually, I'd rather not imagine it. I should also mention the cats, Angus, and later his son Gordy. As someone who has owned some seriously evil (but lovable) cats, I loved reading about Georgia's struggle with hers.

A Couple Quotes: "And the kittykats would have to erect scaffolding and a pulley to get him down. Mind you, I wouldn't put that past them. Sometimes when they are behind the sofa supposedly purring, I think they are drilling." -Startled by his Furry Shorts

"Everyone is so obsessed with themselves nowadays that they have no time for me." - Dancing in my Nuddy Pants


Brittany said...

Hooray! This is a fantastic book series, I always go back to it when I want something light and fun.

Gaby G said...

I've never heard of this series before but I'm going to look for it. Sounds fun!

Andrea said...

Oh, I love Georgia Nicholson! Those are the funniest, grooviest books.

Did you see the movie?

La Coccinelle said...

I loved the first book, but I found the lack of growth on Georgia's part as the series progressed annoying. I stopped after the third book. That said, however, I would probably recommend the first book to teens. It is pretty darn funny.

Jamie said...

The title of this book always made me giggle a bit. I own this book but still have not read it!

Jenny N. said...

I saw the movie and it made me want to read the books. Though I've only read the first book in the series and its hilarious so I really want to read all the books some day.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I've never read this but I loved her kooky friends in the movie. Great review.

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