Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl (Louise Rozett)

The Deets:
reading level: YA
pages: 272
publisher: August 28th 2012 by Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9780373210480
genre: contemporary
source: e-ARC from Netgalley


Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)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 enraged and 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)

 

There are some books that you read in an entire sitting. This was one of them. Now, I'm not usually a fan of contemporary reads, but I did enjoy Confessions of an Angry Girl. That may have had something to do with the type of day I had prior to reading this, but who knows.

First off, I have to say how amazing is it that the main character has a vocabulary that would make any high school English teacher proud? We're talking multisyllabic words, people. Beautiful. Add that to the fiesty nature of Rosie and you have an instant winner. I loved her sarcastic, sometimes explosive personality. It was very believable.

I also liked how real this story felt. It's a delicate subject matter (the loss of the father) and how he was killed. You truly get a glimpse inside the head of a hurting teenager and a family in mourning. Death is ugly. Healing isn't pretty. And sometimes people get hurt along the way. That's life, and that's Rosie.

Along with that underlying subplot of healing and moving on with your life, you have an interesting romance storyline. I'm not certain how I feel about the almost 18 year old boy developing feelings for the fourteen year old girl, but I went with it. Rosie doesn't always seem so young, even if she is very clueless about all things high school. The pseudo love triangle also added a nice flavor to the mix. I can't say much about that, but know that it provided plenty of humor and drama.

Overall, I think many teens are going to be able to relate to this one. The characters are raw and deal with true teenage issues. There is no fluff to the pressures of sex or the loss of a parent. It's in your face and gritty. Confessions of an Angry Girl is a fantastic coming of age story that captures adolescence perfectly.

2 comments:

Adriana (BooksOnHerMind) said... .

I've actually heard some bad things about this book. It's nice to see the other perspective. I read a book where a 17 year old liked a 13 year old. It's kind of off putting :/

January 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM
The Flashlight Reader said... .

Yeah. As much as I liked the guy in the book, I couldn't get over him being a repeat Junior (so 17/18 ish) and making out hard core with a 14 year old. And it was obvious he was experienced in that department based on the description. In real life, that would be a huge red flag (as a parent).
January 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

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