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25 August 2011

Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

I love Louise Rennison.  I've loved her since I opened up Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging my sophomore or junior year of college and read these lines: 
"There are six things very wrong with my life:
1) I hae one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to 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 the Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic "teachers".
5)  I am very ugly and need to go to an ugly home.
6) I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive."  (pgs3-4)
I laughed so hard I fell off the couch.  I had met my hilariously offbeat literary best friend in Georgia Nicholson. 

So, months ago, when I saw that Louise had another book (Withering Tights) coming out, I was all over that like it was made of red velvet cake ice cream.

Here is the summary of Withering Tights (that I typed up from the bookjacket)
Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist.  And some new mates.  And maybe a boy or two or three.
The ticket to achieving these lofty goals?  Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course.  She's bound for the wilds of Yorkshire Dales--eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights.  Tallulah expects new friends, less parental interference, and lots of drama.  Acting? Tights?  Moors? Check, check, check.
What she doesn't expect is feeling like a tiny bat's barging around in her mouth when she has her first snog.
Bestselling author Louise Rennison returns with her trademark wit, a hilarious new cast, and a brand-new cheeky heroine who is poised to discover plenty of opportunities for (mis)adventure!

Tallulah, much to my delight, is Georgia's cousin.  An off the wall sense of humor must be a family trait.  I should have known better than to read this book in public because it was laugh out loud funny. 

There are few books that I can't say enough good stuff about, and Louise Rennison authored most of them.  Her books cover teenage girl issues in an upbeat way.  All girls worry about zits, boys and the size of their boobs, Louise just does it with a sense of humor. 

I would recommend Withering Tights, and the Georgia Nicholson series,  mainly to girls ages 12ish and up.  I'm 29 and I reread Louise Rennison's books at least once a year [or at least I tried to before my TBR pile got so big!  :(  ]

I am eagerly awaiting the release of the second Withering Tights book.  Like "I already googled when it was coming out and couldn't find an answer so now I'm a little sad but once I figure it out I will mark the release date on my calendar so I can buy it the day it comes out and not wait for amazon to deliver" excited.

And now, I leave you with a picture of my fabbity fab Louise Rennison book collection:

(Friends, as you can see, I'm missing some books from my collection, lets make this happen.  Hint hint)

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