Wow. Ten years. I got Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging when both Georgia and I were fourteen. At fourteen, I perfectly understood her desire to date an eighteen-year-old. By the time I was eighteen (and Georgia was still fourteen), I resented all those little girls stealing the decent guys my age. Now that I'm twenty-three and Georgia is fifteen, I find it majorly creepy that eighteen-year-olds would date fourteen-year-olds. Oh, perspective.
It was obvious from at least the third book, and possibly the second, that Georgia would end up with Dave the Laugh - who made her laugh, with whom she could have a normal conversation, who got her. The Masimo red herring went off very quickly, and I certainly only enjoyed the part of his books where Georgia was with Dave. What I really wanted from this book was - well - to be seriously pervy, I wanted Dave and Georgia to ascend the Snogging Scale with all possible haste. It's clear Rennison kept Georgia at fifteen so she didn't have to deal with sex and exams, but consider it: 'study sessions' with Dave the Laugh! Dave the Laugh pushing his luck and he and Georgia having an argument that didn't have to do with her taste in lead singers! It would have been SO COOL. Alas, it was not to be.
I did not understand the side-plot with Georgia's mother coming over all Superwoman. It was odd.
There was seriously no need for the budgie. Or the bird cannibalism, what.
A lot of the jokes felt tired and over-used, but I did laugh out loud a few times:
Also, Herr Kamyer's idea of a wild party is probably a game of Scrabble with Miss Wilson where they don't keep the score.
Rosie assures me there will be a film on, a 'special' film. But she won't tell me what it is as she wants it to be a 'lovely surprise.'
Also the part where the lights go down during the play and Georgia's dad screams 'He's alive!' about Mercutio.
I am so tempted to write fanfic wherein Georgia and Dave get it ooooooooooon. But I think that would be too skeevy even by my (low) standards.
Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland