- Shanea Goldizen
There are six things very wrong with my life:
I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.
It is on my nose.
I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.
In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic “teachers."
I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.
- I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
And so begins Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison. It is the diary of Georgia, a British fourteen-year-old whose wit and dry humor will keep you laughing out loud and receiving annoyed looks from your sister who’s “trying to do her homework.”
Her story starts off two weeks before school starts in the fall and stretches throughout the entire school year and the following summer. Georgia’s main concerns are her unattractively large nose, the fact that her crush, a “sex god” is dating a complete “wet," the fact that her parents are threatening to move the family to Australia, her giant Scottish wildcat Angus who tries to eat everything (including the neighbors’ dog) and, oh yeah, her mother might be having an affair with the decorator.
The inside of the book sleeve tells you that it is written in the style of Bridget Jones’ Diary, and it very much is--from the hourly entries to the minute details provided, like what Georgia snacked on one particular evening when she was bored. I could not choose which part made me laugh harder: the part when Georgia dresses up as an olive for a party, or when she accidentally shaves off her eyebrows, or when she runs into her crush on the street and her little sister happily informs him that Georgia “did a big poo this morning.”
In spite of all the superficial concerns Georgia’s so preoccupied with, she still manages to convey the importance of self-confidence, whether you think your nose is too big or not; and that you’re never too young to step up and take responsibility, especially for one’s family and friends. Rennison provides a glossary of British terms in the back of the book to help us “American-type chums.” Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging is a great book for older teens and young adults who can look back on the crazy coming-of-age years with a sense of humor. Some of the content may be too mature for teens between twelve and fifteen. Georgia’s official Web site is www.georgianicolson.com.