There are six things very wrong with my life:
1. 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.
2. It is on my nose
3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.
4. 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.
5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.
6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!” – Goodreads
All I have listened to for the past month-ish at work has been The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. I read this religiously when it first came out and then I just stopped reading when I discovered dirty romance novels. Recently however I’ve been less into dirty romance books and more into books from my childhood. I continue to blame graduate school. I will blame graduate school until May 10, 2013 when I graduate and can no longer blame graduate school.
Sorry tangent, it happens.
This series follows Georgia Nicolson and the trials and tribulations of being a teenager in England. Her parents embarrass her, her three year old sister is crazy, and her cat is worse than the previous part of the list. Of course, being her journal, one takes her stories with a grain of salt because of her flare for the dramatic, but they are still hilarious and well told. Georgia also includes a glossary in her books for those who don’t speak proper English, proper being the Queen’s English of course.
Georgia is extremely self-centered like most teenagers were when this series first came out and still are and while that often gets annoying it makes the reader think of being a teenager and how self-centered they were and how self-centered people can be. Georgia also takes you on the ride of her love life, and oh does she have a love life.
First there is the Sex God, then there is Dave the Laugh, and then Masimo the Italian looooove God. Throughout the entire series Georgia is in love with a guy and it fluctuates. From the middle in the series it is fairly clear (in my opinion) who she will end up with, but it is quite nice to see her fight her own feelings and figure out her life, or as much of her life as she can by the end of the series at the old, old age of 16.
Another amazing part of this series is the end works. It is very Rennison and ultimately very Georgia which is important. Georgia is true to herself to the very end of this series.
And while, like most series, this one has its highs and lows throughout, it continues to be a solid series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am thrilled that I finished it. Plus, the author, Rennison, narrates the series, and this is a book that really works in an audiobook way. It also was a pretty good movie! Baby Aaron Johnson is in it, and the woman who directed the always amazing Bend it Like Beckham directed it. Highly recommend the movie, too.
Look at that, two reviews for the price of one!