Title: Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1)
Author: Louise Rozett
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Published by: Harlequin
Read: July 21st, 2012
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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)
What I thought:
I received a copy of this from NetGalley to review, thank you Harlequin!
At the beginning of every chapter is a cool word, with it’s dictionary description and a little sentence on how it relates to the chapter. I thought this was really cute, especially since Rose loves big words and I got to learn some new ones!
Rose is definitely going through a lot. Her father died the summer before she started high school and she misses him terribly. Her brother has gone off to college, and has started to change from the way she knew him. Her mother is a psychologist for teens, but can’t handle or even properly talk to her daughter. Her best friend has joined the cheerleaders, and everyone around her is changing so fast, and she just doesn’t understand any of it, like why they think partying, drinking and relationships are so important.
Rose was one of those characters that you could feel her emotions as things happened to her, the confusion of what was going on with everyone around her felt so real and you just get immersed with it. I myself never understood what all the craze was with drinking until you’re drunk or going to parties just to do that. I prefer to do it socially, at get-togethers and such, so I can understand where she’s coming from for that aspect. The anger she has shows itself the more you read, sometimes she doesn’t even fully know what it’s for but it still lashes out of her.
Jamie is another great character, the older bad-ass kind of guy, who’s good at art, and technically dating a cheerleader. He used to play hockey with Peter (Rose’s brother), but he really does have his nice side, especially when it comes to Rose even though a lot of people say things about him. She of course keeps thinking about him, but since she’s never had a relationship (which is good because she’s 14!) she doesn’t have much to go on about any feelings she may have.
There’s so much more to this than an angry girl, although I do love the one scene where she snaps! Not only was there also comedy through it, but it also had me in tears a few times. I loved this book, and it’s a great read that I finished in one sitting, perfect for anyone wanting a coming of age story.
Highly recommended for young adult fans of contemporary reads!