Thursday, June 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett from Harlequin Teen.  The tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  You can visit the rest of the stops on the tour here.  My stop today features a review and giveaway, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2)
Release Date: 06/18/13
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source:  Publisher/NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

My Thoughts:   I loved Confessions of an Angry Girl and have been anxiously awaiting Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend since I finished it.  Rose Zarelli is anything but your typical book heroine, but I like her, and I really get her.  Book one takes place during her freshman year of high school and to say it was hell for her would be a bit of an understatement.  She lost her father to an IED in Iraq, and she and her family are still recovering from that.  She was part of a major scandal at school that revolved around the hottie Jamie Forta, and his ex-girlfriend Regina, not to mention the things she was dealing with at home, and with herself internally.  Book two picks up right before Rose begins her sophomore year in high school.  After her date with Jamie to the prom fell apart, she hasn't heard anything from him all summer.  She and her BFF Tracey find themselves at the swim team party at Matt's house (Tracey's ex).  Rose is determined to start fresh this year with a new attitude and new outlook, which for her, is more easily said than done.  As she watches, the "swim thugs" are hazing another freshman and it gets kind of serious.  Completely unintentionally Rose winds up in the middle of yet another situation with a student who can't stand her, and as if it couldn't get any worse, Jamie Forta appears on the scene.......and school hasn't even begun.  Rose finds herself in for a helluva year.

I loved Rose, I felt so bad for Rose, I could identify with Rose, I wanted to shake her, my heart broke for her, and I was really proud of where she ended up.  Rose has issues, quite a few of them.  She is really a great girl and has a lot to offer, but she has a hard time seeing it and tends to beat herself up.  She thinks she is unattractive, though I believe she is much prettier than she thinks she is.  She has self-esteem issues, and she constantly battles herself in her own mind regarding her life, the things that happen to her, and the people that are a part of it all.  

"It's weird. I'm disappointed when I look in the mirror but it's not because I don't like what I see. I mean, I don't, but that's not what bugs me. What bugs me is that what I see in the mirror doesn't match what I see in my head. In my head, I'm prettier than I am in real life, so when I look in the mirror and see what I see, I feel let down. And also a little crazy."

Then of course, there is the mysterious and broody hottie, Jamie Forta.  His moods are hot and cold, so Rose isn't really quite sure where she stands with him.  He gets close to her, pushes her away, according to him for her own good, and then winds up kissing her again.  I really like Jamie, but he has a lot he needs to deal with to, and frankly, I loved him, but he also pissed me off with the way he handled Rosie.  Their's was a different kind of romance, though it was hot and there was definitely chemistry there.

"His kiss ricochets throughout my entire body in a nanosecond. He grabs my arms and turns me, practically lifting me off the ground as he backs me up against his car, pinning me to the driver's-side door with his body as his tongue lashes across my lips and into my mouth. It's like he's been waiting for this to happen again as long as I have."

Rosie doesn't always make the best decisions and she has a tendency to get a little bitchy herself, but when you get inside her head and a glimpse of the inner turmoil she has going on there, you can kind of see why she does the things she does.  Over the course of the year Rose makes a lot of mistakes, does some things right, and comes out of her shell and then retreats back in it on multiple occasions in search of something I don't think she is even aware she is looking for......herself, and in the end, she finally begins to find out who she really is, where she fits it, and what she wants from life.  The ending was and wasn't the HEA that I hoped for, but it was really good.  I liked where Rose found herself physically, emotionally, and mentally, and I was so proud of her.  I really hope there is a third book in this series.  I want to know more about Jamie, what happens with him, what is going on his head, and would really love to see where things wind up going between him and Rose.  A dual POV book would be so awesome.....hint, hint.  Even more, I would love to see Rosie as she blossoms into the unique flower that she really is.  Overall, I found Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend to be an outstanding second installment in a really great series and I most definitely would recommend it.  

“I did the wrong thing, and I lost him for real.  But did you do the wrong thing? Jamie thinks it was the wrong thing. But do you?  No. I don't.  I didn't do what Jamie would have wanted me to do, but that doesn't mean it was wrong.” 

Sometimes people help each other, and get messed up in each other's business; sometimes we stay out of it and let people find the way themselves. It's always right to offer help, but not all help is right.

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1)

by Louise Rozett
Release Date: 08/28/12
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback/e-book
288 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
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 nowenraged 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.)



About the Author
Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!) Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.


 One lucky winner will get a signed copy of ANGRY GIRL, a signed copy of ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND, and a $25 iTunes gift card! (US only)























4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really good series. I think I have the first book already but I need to check to make sure. I am glad you loved the second as much as the first and that it didn't disappoint.

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