Since May, on and off, I’ve been reading the 10 books in the “Confessions of Georgia Nicolson” series by Louise Rennison. The books chronicle Georgia Nicolson, a teenage girl with typical teenage problems – boys, younger siblings, parents, friends, you know the deal.
The first two books in the series – Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers were the basis of the movie “Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.” Generally I like to read books first so that I can see how close the movies come to my imagination, but I did not even know this series existed when I watched the movie.
Georgia lives in England and often uses slang not used here in the States and on top of that, she and her friends also have their own slang that they use with each other as well. Fortunately, the end of every book has a glossary with definitions of all the words that Georgia thinks you might need definitions for. (Some are easily figured out from context, others, not so much) The only down side to reading these on the Nook is that is a bit of a pain in the but to push the forward button several hundred times to skip ahead (unless there is some secret to doing this that I am not yet aware of) versus just flipping to the back of the book if I was actually reading it.
Speaking of actually reading it – for some reason I ended up not getting the e-book for the second book, but instead I got the audio book. The Nook plays audio books and it came in handy on a long trip to New Hampshire in May. The book was read by the author and I definitely recommend listening to at least one of the books if you can. Louise Rennison did an amazing job reading it, and everything comes across exactly as she wants it to because she wrote it!
All of the books average about 200 pages (a couple were over 300, at least based on how the Nook counted them) and are written in the style of being Georgia’s Diary, which makes it pretty quick to read and there are lots of places to pause with the reading – as often times her “day” is not more than a few pages and each are broken up even more by times or what class she is in.
I absolutely loved all her interactions with her younger sister Libby – she is one crazy little kid! Sometimes Libby would dress up Angus, most of the time she would leave her toys in Georgia’s bed, and once she even got her bum stuck in a bucket! Though definitely not one of the main characters, I think Libby is my favorite. I really think I fell in love with this character in book 2 – because of how Louise read her scenes in the audio book. (Another reason why you need to listen to at least one of the books!)
I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading teen drama books. I’m not sure why I am so into these books – I had enough drama in my life as a teen and I’m not sure why I want to relive it, but I like fun, quick reads. But pace yourself, there are 10 books in this series.
1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
2. It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers (On The Bright Side, I’m Now The Girlfriend of a Sex God)
3. Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas
4. Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants
5. And That’s When It Fell Off In My Hand (Away Laughing On A Fast Camel)
6. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers
7. Startled by His Furry Shorts
8. Luuurve is a Many Trousered Thing (Love Is A Mandy Trousered Thing)
9. Stop in the Name Of Pants
10. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?
Some of the books have different titles in the UK vs the US. The names in parenthesis are the US titles.