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This is the third book in what is now a series of 4 teenage books, by comic-turned-hit authoress Louise Rennison. I really liked the first, ANGUS, THONGS, AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING, and will be reviewing it as soon as it is on the site, but I must forewarn, this third book is really not so good. The original was a female Adrian Mole, with as many recognisable worries as a certain other female diarist... It covered practically a whole school year in the angsty life of one 13-year old Georgia Nicolson. And one of the flaws of the third book is that it merely covers 6 weeks. Yes it is a shorter book, but it turns out to be too slight. At the end of the superior original, Louise has had success as regards nabbing Robbie, local wannabe rock star and SG (Sex God). In the interim summer hols (covered in IT'S OK, I'M WEARING REALLY BIG KNICKERS!), she has kept up the romance, but this book starts with an enforced holiday, as The Olds (her parents) patch their marriage up - he having been out in New Zealand for financial reasons. Can she get back home to Brighton and still remember what snogging is like? I won't pretend the first book is really high on plot, but there are many more characters and adventures therein, ranging from the psychotic family cat to our heroine's very vomit- and liquid-full baby sister. Here there is very little progression - a new friend for the cat, a few new words for the sister. Also, some details have been completely dropped. What became of her sudden, but burgeoning tennis-playing career? The books are peppered with a very decent, witty-ish teenage slang, but even this pales in this third tome. Almost every sensible word gets an appendage ("snogosity", "beautosity", "big red bottomosity"), which grates after a while. There was a whole lighter touch to this style in the original book, and I really don't think this is just because it was new to me. But what should I know, being completely the wrong sort of person for such a publication anyway? Well, there was genuine humour in the first book, and readers of either gender and of many an age would have enjoyed mentally telling Georgia off for trying to grow up too soon (or perhaps too stupidly). Here the jokes are merely re-treads from the original book, the plot is practically non-existent (the holiday ends, the cat gets nipped, Robbie has a gig, and Georgia is not 100% au fait with her feelings), and the whole thing seems rushed to pander to a created market. The first book in the series won awards and prizes-a-gogo (to use more of the style of these books) and wins praise from me. The second I have yet to find. This third is too much. I dread to pick up the fourth!
In the words of Georgia herself, this book is fabbity fab fab! - Advantages: Sooo funny!, Good layout and structure, Just as good as it's 2 predecessors (is that how you spell it? I never know...) - Disadvantages: It's not long enough!!!, I want to know what happens but I can't find the next book (probably cos she hasn't written it yet)
The 3rd book in the series, Bridget Jones for teenagers.