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September 25, 2012

Review of Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise Rozett

 

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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1)
by Louise Rozett
Publication Date:  August 28, 2012
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
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** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion**

 

Do you remember entering high school? All the drama that comes with it and the first loves? I sure don’t.

Mainly because I just started high school this fall and I am dead serious when I say that Confessions of an Angry Girl has me prepared for the absolute worst events that can take place during my freshman year.  I’m hoping that I’ll end up falling for a highly attractive upperclassman named Jamie Forta… minus the crazy girlfriend and all the drama that came with Rose and Jamie’s relationship.

Confessions of an Angry Girl is a story that I strongly believe girls entering high school should read.  It gave me a sense of worry and hope and (strangely) excitement that overpowers the fear that comes with starting something completely new.  The novel is based on main character Rose and she’s about to start her freshman year right after her dad was blown up by a mine in Iraq before the beginning of the new year.  Her family is facing issues due to his death, one of them being the fact that Rose’s mother has begun to dissociate from her.

Rose’s mother, I felt, was a character who can either annoy you or have you feeling sympathetic.  I found her to be a mixture of both.  And I mean that in honestly the best of ways!  As a reader, you want Rose’s mother to stop acting like a robot and to do something that can help Rose cope with the death of her father and the dramas of high school.  The fact that the author could stir so many emotions in me is quite shocking since most of the time (and I did say most of the time) I am able to control myself when reading.  It’s just a story right?

Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong!  Confessions of an Angry Girl is more than “just a story”.  It holds tons of realistic elements (from what I know for the most part) and throughout the story I found myself getting more and more into the story.  I’ll admit that I personally found the beginning of the story to be lacking, but once it got to the point I seriously didn’t want to stop reading.  Each chapter begins with a word that Rose defines properly and then defines in a way that explains what to expect from the chapter.  That made me so excited and half the time, I would be thinking “Okay Gabby, this is the last chapter and then it’s time to put the book away”—but then I would see the definitions of the word and have to continue reading.

With Rose being a pessimist, I could sometimes find myself relating easily with her.  It’s no lie that the world isn’t perfect and her common spurts of attitude had me noticing that her opinions weren’t far off from my own.  Her relationship with the story’s antagonist, Regina had me ready to fight the character for Rose.  Regina is just plain mean.  A lot like the Regina character from Mean Girls.  She’s got the mindset of a Gossip Girl character and apparently the same bite as a Pit bull.

Regina constantly harasses Rose and in the meanest ways possible, as the almost-head-cheerleader, Regina holds a lot of power on the social ladder.  A character like her has me sure that not only am I to be wary of upperclassman girls, but that they may or may not want me to break their faces.  Regina is a character who I constantly yelled at Rose to just hit.  To just fight her and to get it over with!  The girl deserves a good punch in the face anyhow!  However, I am happy to say that my thirst for a fight does eventually get sated.

As for Jamie and Rose, I am pretty sure that he’s one of those male romantic interests that most YA reading teenage girls will fall in love with.  He’s the perfect mix of a bad boy and a sweet guy.  He comes off as a totally mean (and scary) guy, but eventually is revealed to have a heart and a tragic past.  I totally rooted for him and Rose to start dating.  To do something.  Anything!  But (and maybe you guessed it) Regina is the one thing standing in Rose’s way.

The people around Rose also make some pretty stupid choices and as I sometimes state in my reviews, I’m strongly against drug use, underage drinking and having sex when you’re a teenager.  I’m a bit of a prude, so what (in the words of that little guy from Family Guy: “Big whoop, you wanna fight about it?”).  All I’m saying is that the fact that Rose does share those similarities does have me over the moon with happiness.  In some YA novels, characters share my personal opinions of these things, but become total hypocrites and have me face palming.  Not the situation here.  I seriously want to clap the author on the back for making a character that girls like me can look up to.

Just a warning for any guys who might want to read Confessions of an Angry Girl you might feel a little awkward.  I did and that’s saying something.  There’s the mention of the notorious period and a trip to the gynecological office which gave me a sense of total awkwardness and a few mental images that I could happily live without.  So unless you are very, very curious as towards what happens to us ladies, you might want to stay savvy.

I could go on and on about this novel, but I don’t want to write a billion paged review (in a realistic sense, a ten paged review) but let me just say that it’s awesome.  Very, very awesome.  I would recommend Confessions of an Angry Girl to fans of teen drama, YA romance and readers who want a quick and addictive read with a character who has a ton of attitude and the sexy Jamie (I said it!).  I’m dying now to read about Rose’s sophomore year in Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend.  I know that on release day I’ll be waiting at the bookstore for it. Oh yeah.

About the 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. Visitwww.Louiserozett.com for more info.

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7 Comments

  1. Juhina
    9/25/2012

    Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!! haha I’m actually on my senior year of university (graduating in january!) so I REALLY don’t remember the high school drama, but yea I loved confessions of an angry girl, such an awesome book!

    great review

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  2. Carmen B.
    9/25/2012

    I also loved this one! It was really hard stop reading, and I laughed out loud on the train quite a few times, especially at Rose’s word definitions ^^
    I was also a non-drinking girl at high school while many of my classmates got wasted at 14, 15 (the drinking age for beer is 16 in Switzerland, so it’s – or used to be – easier to convince someone to sell to you ) so I could empathize with Rose feeling out of place. Her relationship was so awkward and cute and right at the same time! And with the way the book ended I really can’t wait for the sequel!
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  3. Leigh
    9/25/2012

    Glad you liked it! I’m currently a junior in high school and I’m soo done with it lol. I just wanna graduate.
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  4. I’m done with my highschool years, but I would still like to read this book. And than I’ll try to make my sister read it because she’ll be going to highschool next year. lol
    I have heard so many positive things about this book, and I honestly can’t wait to read it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.

    ~Anatea
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  5. CJ Listro
    9/27/2012

    The title alone captured me, and your review just sealed the deal. I love high school books! I’ve been especially obsessed with them lately. I’m glad it’s so realistic…and bad boy + sweet boy in one boy? Irresistible. Added to my TBR.

    CJ
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  6. kimbacaffeinate
    9/30/2012

    Wow this has so much more than I thought it would, you’ve totally made me rethink this one! I had no intention of reading it..but now i want too.
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  7. Fantastic review! I absolutely loved the cover and title and after reading your review I can’t wait to read it. Now even better with book 2 released :)
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