Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Confessions of an Angry Girl
by Louise Rozett
Expected Publication Date: 8/28/12
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make
1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
My Thoughts: Rose Zarelli is starting her freshman year in high school, which is bad enough. What is even worse is that her dad died in Iraq a few months ago. Her mom has kind of checked out, her brother has gone off to college, and all her best friend Tracy wants to talk about his whether or not to have sex with her boyfriend and how she wants to join the cheerleading squad with the rest of the bimbos. Needless to say, Rose is pissed. Rose has kind of a low self-esteem and tends to put herself down, but she is really much prettier and smarter than she gives herself credit for. She doesn't get into the whole high school scene, and is not willing to do whatever it takes to fit it. She ends up sitting with Jamie Forta, who is a junior, in study hall. She's had a crush on Jamie since 7th grade, when he played hockey with her brother Peter. One thing leads to another and at homecoming, she ends up kissing him. Her opinion on boys changes somewhat after that, but Jamie dates the cheer devil, Regina, who has it out for Rose and is determined to make Rose's life miserable. On top of Regina's bullying, Tracy is becoming distant, and when Rose does something to save a friend's life, Tracy and the rest of the school turn on her and the bullying gets worse. Tracy ends up betraying her confidence, and one day when Regina's bullying involves a comment about her dad, she has had enough. In a fit of rage, she strikes back at Regina, knocking her on her butt and would have beat the crap out of her if Jamie didn't pull her off of her. This earns her the reputation of a bad ass for a little while. Despite Jamie putting Regina in her place, she is bound and determined to get revenge and does something unforgivable. Little does she know, that with Tracy's help, Rose has plans to take the biatch down.
When I started reading this book, I was just expected a cute fun read, but it was so much more than that. Rose's character is real, she's shy, she has low self-esteem, and she's far from perfect, but she is also a loyal friend and isn't willing to compromise her beliefs to fit it. Tracy kind of ticked me off. She was kind of stuck in her own world, though she did end up coming around in the end. I felt kind of sorry for Rose's want-to-be boyfriend Robert. He seemed like a really sweet guy, and cute to. I hope he finds someone. I loved Jamie. I have a thing for bad boys, so I really liked him. I really hope to see him and Rose together in the sequel. I don't think I could have handled what Rose endured when I was her age. I liked the way she stood up for what she believed was right. She was innocent and inexperienced, but she wasn't ignorant.
I really liked the way Louise Rozett addressed drinking, sex, and issues teens deal with. A lot of books tend to create a world in which everything is kind of a "fairy tale, where these things are concerned, and that's okay, and I enjoy them, but this book is real. Like it or not, many teenagers do know and do deal with these issues, and a lot of them are participating in them, even at 14 or 15. I can remember that time in my life, and it's been a while since I was there, but it was going on then to. I formerly worked as a Public Health Nurse and saw far too many 14 year old's come in with STD's and multiple sex partners. Believe me when I say, our 14 and 15 year old's know a lot more than we think they do, and quite a few of them are doing a lot more than we want to believe, so I am really glad that this issue was addressed in this book, and it was addressed in an outstanding manner.
Overall, I really enjoyed Confessions of an Angry Girl. It is an excellent read for teens, and for those of us who are still YA at heart. I liked the story line, I liked the characters, and I liked the topics covered in this book and would definitely highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to seeing what's happens in Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, the next book in the series.
About this author: Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She is making her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen, due out on 8/28/12. She lives with her cool boyfriend Alex and awesome dog Lester in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn. Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.