Both of these books are by Louise Rennison, but Vox's subject line won't let me fit all of that in. Anyway, these were two more of the books I picked up at the Greenwich FOL sale. They're about a British teen, Georgia Nicolson and her amusing take on life. Since I just read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I couldn't help comparing the two books a little bit. Its funny how it worked out – both are written as if by the main character – as diary entries in Angus/Bright Side, and as letters in Perks, and both of them are of course from a young adult point of view. Also both of them have their own type of humor, but while Perks has a subversive humor, Angus and Bright Side have a class clown humor. Georgia is NOT a wallflower – not at all. She and her pack of girlfriends spend their days at their all-girls school finding ways to drive their teachers crazy, and the rest of the time talking about boys. For instance – the girls wear a school uniform that includes a beret which the girls hate because it gives them hat hair. Meetings are held to decide what to do with the beret and how to make it appear less visible and how to protest the beret. One of their MANY methods of protest is using the beret as a lunchbox and putting a sandwich between their heads and the hat. Another method is to roll it up into a sausage and pin it under their hair. Georgia always seems to be surrounded by the weirdest people – her cat (Angus) is the size of a small pony and eats floor mats and terrorizes the neighbor's dog, her little sister hides her diapers in Georgia's bed, and her grandfather just speaks in non sequiturs (and that's just her family). Her best friend Jas is sometimes not the brightest girl and sarcasm just gets past her and the rest of the girls are similarly amusing. Georgia herself is rather silly – obssessed with certain features like her eyebrows (she shaved them off by mistake), her nose, her hair. Finally of course there are all the boys – particularly an older boy Georgia calls Sex God who Georgia is always trying to get.
This is probably the least serious couple of books you could find. I'd put them under the category of what to read when you are sick and miserable and need something to cheer you up. They're fast reads and not meant to be serious books. One of the few things I could see as a complaint is that they are incredibly british. A lot of british slang is used in the books, which some people may find annoying (I didn't), but there is a glossary at the end of the book which is amusing in itself to help. Also – humor is subjective. I often don't laugh when other people are snorting through their noses because it's just not that funny to me. Still – these books both had a few moments where I couldn't help myself from laughing out loud.
I don't know what I want to give this. 8 out of 10? Or 7? Can't decide. 7.5.
This series is eight (I think) books long so far and I'm not sure when it's going to end (these are the american titles) – there are 7 in the U.S. now, number 8 is out in July:
1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging 2. 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. Away Laughing on a Fast Camel 6. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers 7. Startled by His Furry Shorts 8. Love is a Many Trousered Thing