Author: Louise Rennison
Genre: YA Contemporary
Released: 1 January 1999
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson #1
There are so many things very wrong with my life:
Surely you've heard of this book before? Or at least the movie based off the series? I love the movie and have watched it several times. It never fails to make me laugh, but I've never really ventured into the books, until now. At the beginning of the month, I was in a reading slump, and this was just the book I needed to drag me out of it and get me back into reading. It was a fun, light-hearted read that was quick and easy and it definitely had me laughing.
The book is essentially Georgia's diary as she tries to navigate being a teenager. Between her weird parents, crazy cat, annoying sister, school, teachers, boys and her friends, Georgia struggles to be her own person and figure out who she wants to be. When she meets Sex God Robbie, she is totally in love until she finds out that he's actually dating the school mole, and after he finds her frolicking in the bushes with the king of snogging, Georgia is positive he hates her. And then there's her father, who has been transferred to New Zealand and on the brink of moving their family across the other side of the world. And with her father away, her mother seems to be growing closer with the handyman who doesn't seem to be doing much work around the house. Her cat Angus is terrorising the poodle next door, and her sister Libby seems more like a monster than a three-year-old. To make things worse, her BFF Jas becomes the worst friend ever! For Georgia, it's hard being a teenager when you are trying to be a woman at the age of fourteen.
This book was such a fun read and for some reason, I thoroughly enjoyed Georgia stumbling through life. That's probably because the story is written in such a way, that Georgia's constant complaining and continual dramatising about having depression is funny. Now, the book doesn't mock people who have depression, it just shows a normal teen girl being over-dramatic about the little things. I mean, is it wrong that I laughed at the part where she says she's too depressed to commit suicide? Okay, it might be, but if you read the book, you'll see why.
No book is perfect, and the only thing I can really fault this book on is Georgia's constant complaining and teen angst and drama. Yes, this is exactly what makes the book funny, but at times it seems way too over the top for my liking. But then again, this could be because I'm probably on the verge of being too old to get into the series, so don't take my nit-picking as criticism.
Overall, I really recommend this book, especially to young teen girls, as the will definitely be able to relate to Georgia and get a laugh out of it. If you're looking for a quick, fun, easy read, then this is definitely the book for you, and I can't wait to continue on with the rest of the series.