Reprinted by permission of the American Library Association
This review is presented in honor of Banned Book Week.
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging has been called the 'Bridget Jones' of the teen girl set, which is a pretty apt description. The book is told through the main character's own journal, a fourteen year old whose life is a series of seeming misadventures. From disastrously wearing a stuffed olive costume to a fancy dress party, to accidentally shaving off an eyebrow, to her increasingly desperate attempts to catch the attention of the local heartthrob boy, Georgia Nicolson is every part the flummoxed and humorous protagonist. While occasionally bratty and self-centered (like most teenagers of any gender), Georgia is also an amiable underdog, endearing her to the reader even when she's at her worst (and as it is the privacy of her own journal, she is often at her worst).
The book itself is irreverent in tone, with its escapades mainly light and ridiculous. As you might have gathered from the title, the book touches upon the hormones of teenagers, with Georgia's obsession with 'sex god' Robbie and her spectacularly awkward attempts to take kissing lessons, but these passages maintain a nice balance of seriousness and humor. This content has, however, prompted several challenges to the book, landing it at number 35 on ALA's Top 100 Most Challenged Books of 2000-2009. While exceedingly British, the first book does come with a handy lexicon in the back to understand all the British-isms for those unfamiliar. The book has also spawned a slew of sequels, all detailing Georgia's further hilarious misadventures.
Tim @ Central