Summer of YA – Part 3

The list goes on… a couple of quick reactions before I fly off for the weekend.

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Tallulah is off to live a life of art! Performance art, that is. On the wild and windy moors, she and her friends get up to all manner of antics and boy-watching. It’s a fabulous summer, in spite of Tallulah’s knees.
There isn’t much to say about Withering Heights. It’s a fun read, not as funny as the Georgia Nicolson series, but no one could top Georgia and her disco dancing viking mates. This was a spot of sunshine between two dark books.

Hush by Donna Jo Napoli

Just when I thought I had finished one book about an abused princess, I dive into another book about an abused princess. Hush plays on a scene in an Icelandic tale, the Saga of the People of Laxardal, creating a back story for the slave Melkorka, an Irish princess who is taken captive, along with her young sister, by a band of marauders and sold into slavery. The novel reads like a fragment in a larger story, but provides just enough depth and character development to intrigue readers. When Mel and her sister are taken hostage, Mel finds a bit salvation when the master of the slave ship discovers three stork feathers and a gold teething ring in a pouch she carried. The items serve as an amulet against much of the brutality that she would otherwise face. Believing Mel is an “aist”–a stork that shapeshifts into the form of a woman–the slaver comes to regard her with fear and awe. When Mel takes on the “hush,” keeping her silence to maintain her otherworldly appearance and try to save her sister and herself, she finds herself becoming Aist. However, the hush cannot protect her from those who would abuse her, and it is a cruel world that she finds herself in. The brutal realities of being a slave, especially a female slave, are presented in a way that maintains the essence of a slave’s dangerous life, while keeping the details light enough for younger readers.

a hoot and a half

For Christmas, my b-chan got me a copy of the last volume in Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, Are these my basoomas I see before me?

I started reading this series when I was a senior in high school, so there’s a bit of nostalgia in my reading.

Those of you who are unfamiliar with Georgia will be wondering at the title. Well, the thing is, the Georgia books are a mad comedy diary series starring boy-crazy Georgia Nicolson, a 15-year-old with a half-breed Scottish wildcat named Angus, an equally wild little sister who is obsessed with Heidi, a family of loons, and the best Viking dancing mates in town.

These are some of the funniest books that I have ever read and one of the only series that has made me laugh out loud in an embarrassing, what is that mad girl laughing at? sort of way.

In this, the final installment, Georgia prepares for comedy gold as Merc-lurk-io (Mercutio) in the school’s production of Rom and Jul, but is distracted by the call of the Hornmeister, Dave the Laugh, and the Pizza-a-gogo mating call of Massimo, the Italian Stallion Luurve God.

I was more than pleased with the way that the series ended. After so many years, I didn’t want Georgia to end without a last laugh and I was not disappointed. I think now that the series is ended, I will try to go back and re-read it as a whole, though this will have to wait till I have gone through some of the TBR books. Though I enjoyed them all, I can now conclude that Angus, thongs, and full-frontal snogging (Book 1) and Startled by his furry shorts (Book 7) are my favorites.

If I had to describe these books to someone who had never heard of them, I would say that they are a like slightly pervy, on-the-cusp of maturing (maturiosity) Bridget Jones’s Diary type books. The humor is definitely what you would expect from a silly 15-year-old girl obsessed with boys and lippy, but if you like that sort of thing, you won’t be disappointed.

On another note, Angus has been turned into a movie and will be coming out soonish: Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging

viking disco inferno

I was starting to wonder about this one…

The final installment in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? is due to be released on October 6, 2009 according to Amazon. I kind of can’t wait, though this means that this is the end of all those series I started reading when I was in high school :(.

red bottomosity and the general horn

Every summer since my last year of high school I have indulged the silly girl in me by remaining absolutely devoted to Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson series. It’s the sort of reading that some of my profs would be loathe to call worthwhile lit, but I love them. A little lewd and crude, every summer I’ve looked forward to a new volume documenting Georgia’s adventures with the Ace Gang at Stalag 14. This series has made me laugh like no other.

And so, the Snogging Scale lives on with Stop in the Name of Pants! Available on July 1st.

book cover