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I remember reading this book a rather long time ago, when it was known as "Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging" I recently saw it on my nieces bookshelf (along with it's revised title, which it appears was changed to fit with the film version of the story) and was a little surprised to see it still around, but then it is a good book! My daughter has now borrowed this book from my niece and as well as her having a read, I couldn't resist a quick read myself seeing as I've finished every other book in the house twice over!
Written by Louise Rennison, this young adult book is the first in a series of 10 books about a girl named Gerorgia Nicholson. It was first published in 1999.
There is also a film, released in 2008 with the same title as the book.
This book is available from Amazon at £5.24 with free delivery within the UK using super saver delivery. Alternatively you can buy the kindle edition a little cheaper for £3.99.
Waterstones have the book for sale at £5.39 and can be found on their website as well as in-store.
Reading the book and story-line
The book is laid out in a diary style, written from the point of view of Georgina; a 14 year old school girl who has a three year old sister, embarrassing parents, a half wild pet cat and an awful nose.
The layout is easy to read and because the diary inserts are never more than a couple of pages (and mostly not that long) it is an easy book to pick up and carry on from where you left off. It is very easy to relate to Georgina because of the book being in a diary style you are pulled into her life and her way of thinking.
Throughout the book Georgina deals with friends, relationships, her troublesome cat, her parents and school life on a day to day basis. There is much talk of boys and kissing as you would expect from a teenage girl, but there is also a lot more going on.
The writing is in places sarcastic and witty and it is written in the kind of language and phrasing that you cold imagine a teenager using.
I found the book to be an enjoyable quick read, but for someone of the intended reading age I imagine it wouldn't be a quick read.
There are no particularly difficult words in the book, I can't see any teenagers who enjoy reading having any problems reading this at all.
My niece (who is 16) said that this was an enjoyable book and easy to read but reading it once is enough, it's not the kind of book you want to return to relive the story later on. She was more the age of the character in the book when she originally had it and she said it was nice to have a book where she could easily relate to the main character.
My daughter (who is just 11) is maybe a little young for this book but she has a mature attitude and I'm pretty sure she's covered more risky subjects in sex education than she's found in this book, so I have allowed her to read it. She finds it fairly enjoyable, but she's not really at an age yet where she can relate too much to the character and what is happening in her life.
I enjoyed this book enough to remember it over several years, so I obviously liked it as a teenager. It would have just been released when I first read it, I would have been 14 or 15 at the time. Re-reading it was a nice little trip down memory lane to the days when life revolved around boys and school. I found that the things covered in the book are mostly the sort of things I did as a teenager and the main character's worries are much the same as mine were back then.
Overall, this is a good book for young teenage girls which I would recommend to others.
I bought this book as part of the 4 book set of this series, and was captured instantly! Following Georgia Nicholson (the narrator) in a diary-style format through her teenage trials and tribulations is fantastic! It provides so many laughs, so be careful reading it in public if you don't want to get funny looks, and provides a character that is easily related to for teenagers.
As it is very teen-based, those who're older may not enjoy it as much, however it still provides some great humour - and romance. I literally couldn't put it down (I've read it about 3 times now!) and have gone on to read the whole entire collection of Georgia Nicholson books that Louise Rennison has written.
It truly is a marvellous read, and I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for some light-hearted humour and something to read for fun. Definitely one for the bookshelf in my opinion!
A few years ago this book was recommended by my English teacher. It is a easy read with no challenging context. Most girls can relate to Georgia, the main character, because of her struggle with her appearance in particular her nose, also her lack of experience with boys. The key themes explored are boys and teen love. I definitely prefer the book series to the film because of the film lacks detail. This book features 2 parts of the series. The prose gets up and personal with Georgia's crushes, how she feels about all her friends and all the gossip happening at school. She uses her own slang words for example, dodie- dummy or pacifier, blodge- biology. And lots more, don't worry if you don't know what some of them mean, you have your own "Georgia's Glossary" at the back of the book and you also have a extract from the beginning of the next book.
When we were heading on our summer holiday earlier in July, I wanted to take a couple of light read books with me. Having some amazon vouchers, I decided to order a couple online, one of which was 'angus, thongs and full frontal snogging - confessions of Georgia Nicolson' by Lousie Rennison, which currently retails on amazon for around £4.50.
Now, I had heard of this book before, but I think I got slightly mixed up with the Adrian mole diaries, which was what I was really after, but anyway, the book arrived and I took it on holiday.
What I didn't quite realise until I got the book that it was actually aimed at teenage readers, not that it really mattered.
The story itself is told by Georgia herself, a teenager, all in diary form. As the title would suggest, along the way Georgia has to deal with her mad cat called Angus, who drives both her and her next door neighbours scatty, as well as boy trouble - including 'full frontal snogging'. There are the usual teen issues - boys, spots, body changes, friendships etc, and Georgia tries to deal with all in her own unique way, with her own unique way of describing things. She is a typical teenager who thinks her parents, but particularly her dad, are so uncool and embarrassing. She worries if she has enough friends, she dismisses school and teachers and ends up in bother many times with the principal, and she also has to deal with boy trouble - her best friend Jas is after a boy, and they play the usual games to try to get his attention, until Georgia's eyes are captured by his rather handsome brother Robbie, but of course there are certain obstacles in the way of true romance - namely a hanger on girlfriend called Lindsay, but can Georgia get rid of her and make Robbie, the 'Sex God' see the light.
This book very much reminded me of the Bridget Jones diaries which I loved the first time I read them, however, this is less funny but still appealing in a teenage sort of way. It is easy to identify with many of the trials that Georgia faces and you find yourself recalling some of the things she encounters from your own teenage days. The story is told very well by Georgia and there are just enough characters in there to keep it exciting without confusion and who is who.
I still think however that it is aimed at the teenage market, and not really as apt for an adult, unlike some other teenage books that adults enjoy just as much. In saying that, it was an ideal summer holiday read, as it was light hearted and easy to read and get in on, but I don't know that I would buy the next one in the series.