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Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

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Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

I made a real mistake when I took this book out of its package --- I left it on the table instead of hiding it away in my bedroom. First my roommate got hold of it, then several friends passed it among themselves until I feared getting it back in time to write my review before deadline. The horror!

I'd like to begin by explaining a few things, since the only word in the book's title that's readily clear to Americans is "thong." Angus is a cat, Georgia's to be exact, but he's not any ordinary cat. One wouldn't expect a cat of his mixed domestic/Scottish wildcat heritage to be ordinary. He's exceedingly large, temperamental, or just plain mental depending how you look at it. Angus intimidates dogs and Angus eats leads (that's leash in American) on a regular basis. Angus is a killing machine much feared by the wildlife of Georgia's neighborhood, the rodents especially. The second thing I'd like to explain is snogging. If you managed to miss Austin Powers you are most likely confused. A snog is a kiss, and not of the chaste sort. One doesn't snog one's gran (grandmother) unless one is very, very strange. Now that I've explained the unfamiliar terms, let's move on.

Georgia leads a very ordinary English teenaged life: an all girls high school (been there, done that), uniforms with about fifty different skirt lengths, sneaking off to Boots (a drug store) during double free periods with her friends... Georgia is more interested in boys --- meeting them, attracting them, potentially snogging them if she can ever figure out what to do with her arms --- than she is in the mysteries of physics or Frog (French). At 14 she sometimes thinks she's the only girl in the world without the very necessary appendage called the boyfriend, even though she knows this isn't true when she looks at her friends.

In the meantime Georgia must contend with parents who are just the littlest bit strange, and a three year old sister who suffers from exploding swimming knickers (panties) syndrome when fed baked beans before swimming. Georgia lives at the edge of love and mortification when she's with her family, so she tries to ignore them as much as possible. She's so successful at this that she nearly doesn't notice when her father leaves for New Zealand to look for a job. New Zealand is so far away it takes nearly two days by plane to get there. Is it any wonder then that Georgia's mum begins to flirt just a little with the builder (construction worker) who seems to taking forever to refit the lounge (living room)? If this sounds a bit like a soap, it should, but it's a soap driven by humor rather than the pathos.

ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL FRONTAL SNOGGING is funny enough to make the most pofaced bloke (sad looking guy) laugh out loud. This is a book to share with friends since they'll all want to know what a "tosser" is (no, I'm not going to tell you). Georgia is Everygirl taken to the extreme, her antics will make anything you've ever done when looking for that special guy seem staid, reasonable, or even worse, completely normal. Rennison provides at least one joke per page so that the action moves at a quick pace, and after reading it you might even come to realize that England is more than Masterpiece Theatre and Blur. Pick it up, read it, and lend it to a friend --- but only after you've borrowed something of equal value as hostage just to make sure you get it back.

Reviewed by Cassia Van Arsdale on April 10, 2001

Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
by Louise Rennison

  • Publication Date: April 10, 2001
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0064472272
  • ISBN-13: 9780064472272