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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (1999)
by Louise Rennison
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How many times have we read this ridiculous book? Let me count… oh wait, we dislike doing maths just as much as Georgia, so we will desist! Considering that we’re officially well into our 30s, we should probably stop finding so much laughter in the ridiculous antics of Georgia Nicholson, but somehow her laughs remain eternal throughout the years. Managing her semi-domesticated wildcat, chasing after ungettable boys, typical highschool drama, and realistic family dynamics make this book almost timeless, even if we are aware that Georgia is a relatively immature teenager and some of her opinions don’t age well. She’s an idiot teenager, and (let’s get real) we were all just as ignorant and silly at that age – especially before the dawn of the internet, when it became significantly easier to self-educate. Though, we all know Georgia would just have used the internet to stalk her crushes and get into more drama, so it’s maybe better that she came along at a more disconnected time in the world – she sure gets into enough highjinx already!
I read this book because it was on a list of banned/ challenged books. I didn't see anything inherently wrong with it. It's a bit silly and talks about sex quite a bit, but please tell me which teen girl group doesn't mention it some?
Teen fiction. Like 'Bridget Jones' for teens--somewhat embarrasing, very British, and extremely silly.
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Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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Georgia isn't six years old, however, because she obsesses over boys when she's not utterly fixated on how icky lesbians are. She is vapid, completely self-absorbed and self-centered, has absolutely no empathy, feels no loyalty to her friends, cannot shut up about herself, forgets about everyone except herself, has no boundaries with her toddler sister. Her selfishness knows no bounds. She hates every single other teen girl in existence. At least she hates girls she deems uglier than her (nearly everyone) as much as she hates girls she thinks are hotter than her (a few girls who might be trying to steal her crush who she's never actually spoken to). At least she enjoys things: insulting her best friends; whining when people don't call her every hour; obsessing over boys; insulting her teachers for enjoying teaching; sleeping; complaining about how absolutely hideous she is when boys are stated to think she's cute; and trying out wacky makeup stuff. Oh, and stealing things.
I briefly looked through some reviews people I'm following on Goodreads wrote and at least I know where they stand. I'm surprised at myself for being so horrified--a lot of support of non-heterosexual folx is still very performative. I read and enjoyed a series by a transphobe who proudly froths at the mouth about her views. I PUT A DISCLAIMER ON MY GOODREADS REVIEWS EXPLAINING WHY I OCCASIONALLY STILL READ THE BOOKS UNTIL EARLY 2022, WHEN I SWORE THEM OFF THE FINAL TIME. IT'S NOT HARD, PEOPLE. Donate to charities that help queer folx after reading this book and I will be somewhat less upset. And to think, I was hoping this book would be silly. It's mind-numbingly stupid when it's not incredibly hateful.. ( )