Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl
Author: Louise Rozett
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Synopsis: 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 now enragedand 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)

Brought to you by TeamNerd Reviewer Bridget Strahin 
Review: I would like to give thanks to NetGalley for providing the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Confessions of a Confused Reviewer.
The story follows Rose, a 14 year old high school freshman trying to navigate in the big pool of mean girls, crushes, best friends, enemies, and parent issues.
There is a lot going on in Rose's life: her father passed away over the summer. Her best friend Tracy is becoming someone Rose hates. Her brother moved away to college and would rather spend the holidays with his new girlfriend than with his family. Her mom has checked out of reality. And then you have Jamie, the unreachable senior who Rose is currently crushing on, only problem? Jamie is very much in a relationship with the school's MEAN girl Regina.
Now from the synopsis and title of the book, you would expect Rose to be . . . well, angry. But she wasn't. Not even in the least bit. Rose was selfish, closed minded, petty, whinny and socially awkward. She talked down and was rude to people and was always judging other people's choices instead of focusing on her own.
Now, I am one of those unfortunate girls whose birthday is in August, so I was always the youngest in my class. I was the four year old in kindergarten who the five-year-old's wouldn't play with because four-year-old's were still babies. Eventually, the other students no longer held it over my head until . . . the dreaded first year of high school. I was the fourteen-year-old 'preteen' among all the 'teenagers'. So I can totally relate to Rose and the fact that everyone is older and therefore engaging in 'older' activities. Like, drinking and sex. And I understand Rose is having a hard time coping with her new surroundings and familiars, but most of Rose's issues were brought on by herself and the way she handled everything that was thrown at her. Like kissing the boyfriend of the meanest cheerleader in history. Rose knew Jamie was taken and very much a hazard to her health. But did she care? Nope! In my opinion, she deserved most of Regina's wrath.
I'm honestly still wondering what she saw in Jamie in the first place. He hardly offered anything to the table. He only came to her when it was convenient for him. He kisses her in her date's car than goes back to the dance they were at to be with his girlfriend and doesn't speak to Rose again for weeks! Then there's the fact that he's 17 and Rose is 14. I know it's just 3 years but those 3 years are a BIG DEAL in high school. It was kinda creepy actually.
Oh, and then you have Tracy, Rose's supposed best friend. Getting through to Tracy is like beating your head on a brick wall. She is your classic case of stupid. Tracy practically had to sell her soul to Regina to become a cheerleader and when she does, she decides to strip in a parking lot full of drunken horny high school boys and has the nerve to cry when the video ends up on Youtube. WOW didn't see that one coming. Then there's the whole, 'should I have sex with my cheating boyfriend or shouldn't I?'  One of the only things I agreed with Rose about was trying to talk Tracy out of having sex when she wasn't ready, but it was ridiculous how many times Rose had to try to talk Tracy out of having sex. RIDICULOUS.
Rozett's writing skills were obvious and she did a great job creating this world of mean girls and tough decisions. The story was full of humor and cattiness. If Rose was just a little less self righteous then I might have been able to enjoy it. Overall, I have no idea why the book is titled Confessions of an Angry Girl, because to me, Rose wasn't angry. Unhappy and cynical maybe, and definitely rude and out of line, but not angry. Will I read the next book? No, probably not. I think I've had all I can take of Miss Rose Zarelli.

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. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is due out May 2013. She lives with her boyfriend and 120-pound dog Lester in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn.

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