Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Told in diary form, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is about the life of Georgia Nicholson. Georgia is a 14-year-old British teenager who attends an all-girls school, owns a poodle-stalking cat named Angus, believes that she is the last girl in the world without a boyfriend (despite the fact that most of her friends are boyfriendless), has a mom who flirts with the handyman because G's dad has moved to New Zealand, and often finds her little sister's dirty nappies in her bed.
Confused and somewhat overwhelmed by that description? Well, wait til you meet Georgia. This book was fun to read because Georgia over analyzes everything, gets herself into some hilarious jams, and never fails to delight. Part of the fun of this book for me was flipping back and forth between the story and the glossary of British terms in the back (put there for clueless Americans, like myself). This was an easy, quick read and the ending left me wishing I had the second book in the series close at hand. In fact, I plopped myself in a corner of my local bookstore on Friday afternoon and devoured half of the second book, On The Bright Side, I'm Now The Girlfriend of a Sex God. The titles may seem a tad scandalous, but it's all in good fun and the books actually contain very little sexual content aside from kissing. Also of interest, there's currently a movie out based on the first two novels in this series. It's not playing in my town, so I guess I'll have to wait to rent it. The movie is called "Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging" and is directed by the same people that did "Bend it Like Beckham." If you're luckier than me and you've seen it, let us know what you thought!