Friday, September 7, 2012

Review + Guest Post + Giveaway: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett (Blog Tour Stop)

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Series: Confessions #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
First published: August 28th, 2012
Source: NetGalley
Format: eARC
Pages: 272
Goodreads Summary:
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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)

My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
Confronting us with all the possible ups and downs of a young girl's high school freshman year, Confessions of an Angry Girl doesn't sugarcoat reality and reminds its readers what it's like to be fourteen years old. A severe loss, first kisses, the idea of losing ones virginity and mean cheerleaders make Rose's life a living hell and turn her into an angry girl who doesn't understand what's happening to her. 

More detailed:
During the first two thirds of the book I rather would have titled it Confessions of a Sad and Frustrated Girl because Rose's anger didn't surface as strongly as I would've expected. Later though her actions did not only surprise her and her family but me as well, which made the book's title definitely more appropriate.

After her dad's death and the start of her first year at high school, Rose has to deal with a lot of new emotions and problems at the same time. While her best friend Tracy seems to feel at home in the new setting, Rose gets confused with her peers' attitudes toward life, love and sex.

At first I was surprised when I realized that Rose was only fourteen years old, because I expected her to be older - especially since I usually prefer more "grown-up" Young Adult stories. But I happened to like Confessions of an Angry Girl a lot nonetheless, especially because Louise Rozett didn't take the easy way but included usually embarrassment-inducing but very important topics like a girl's first trip to a gynaecologist.

While Rose is a very likeable main character, there are many other people I didn't really like, which of course explains why Rose is so angry all the time. So far I'm not quite sure what to think of her main love interest Jamie, who continued to be more of a mystery than actual boyfriend material troughout the story. I'm definitely curious though to see how he might develop.

But of course I'm not only looking forward to find out more about Jamie, but about quite a few other people's ambitions and plans. All in all, Confessions of an Angry Girl managed to captivate me more than I expected and I admire Louise ability to write a book that both entertains and teaches - especially its younger readers. I'll definitely be reading Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend, book two.

Challenge(s):
YA Contemporary Challenge 2012
Debut Author Challenge 2012




This post is part of Confessions of an Angry Girl's blog tour,
hosted by Kismet Book Touring.



Guest Post

A Sneak-Peak at Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend
(or, How to Make It Up to Fans After Leaving Them Hanging!)
by Louise Rozett

I had no idea that people were going to be mad at me about the end of Angry Girl—I swear! I truly didn’t. I think because I knew what was going to happen next to Rose, Jamie, Regina and the rest of the crew, the end of Angry Girl didn’t feel like much of a cliffhanger to me. But of course, it was! I mean, after all, I left Rose with...wait a minute, I can’t tell you. Because the last thing I need is for people who haven’t even read the book yet to be mad at me for doling out a big, fat spoiler!

However, in order to make it up to those fans who have read Angry Girl and were momentarily bummed out to discover, on the last page of the book, that it is a series, here are the answers to five questions about Almost-Girlfriend. With any luck, this will tide you over until the book comes out in 2013!

How does the next book start? Almost-Girlfriend starts with a hazing incident involving a gay freshman named Conrad who is very connected to one of the Angry Girl’s most important characters. The incident reverberates throughout Rose’s sophomore year in ways she could never have imagined...

What happens next with Peter? Peter is not having an easy time at college. And when he gives Rose his old iPhone with his photos still on it, Rose learns just exactly what that means.

What’s going on with Tracy? Tracy is a completely different person at the beginning of sophomore year than she was at the end of freshman year...and she’s about to become a Union High celebrity.

How are Rose and her mom doing? Rose and her mom are in family therapy...which is probably Rose’s least favorite thing in the universe.

And Jamie and Rose? Rose, who didn’t hear from Jamie all summer, is prepared to give Jamie a piece of her mind and then move on. Even if he does look all tan and buff and more gorgeous than ever after doing community service outdoors all summer...

Okay, if I told you anything else at this point, there’d be no reason for you to read the book! Oh, wait, one more thing—I saw the Almost-Girlfriend cover last week, and it is truly AWESOME. I love it—I think you will, too.

And now, I’ll stop, and I’ll just say thank you so much for joining me on this fantastic blog tour. It’s been a blast!



Giveaway


I'm also very happy to announce that one of you will have the chance to win a copy of Confessions of an Angry Girl at this tour stop. By entering this giveaway you're immediately entered into the giveaway for the Grand Prize pack which you can see pictured below. Don't forget to check out all the other tour stops for more fun and informative posts and more chances to win!


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Monday, August 27th - Pure Imagination
Tuesday, August 28th Book Birthday - Book and a Latte
Wednesday, August 29th - Emilie's Book World
Friday, August 31th - The Book Cellar

Monday, September 3rd - Supernatural Snark
Wednesday, September 5th - Harlequin Tour Stop
Friday, September 7th - Fictional Distraction

24 comments:

  1. OMG!! I am dying to get the next book!! I absolutely adored Confessions of An Angry Girl and all the Cast... now this Teaser... Louise!! You are .. a Tease :) Can't wait for it!

    Thanks Carina for being on the Tour!

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

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  3. Heh, I love guest posts the most about tours. Character interviews are right on their heels, though. I haven't read the first book yet, it's on my kindle for PC and I'd love to get on it ASAP. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan on waiting for a sequel for so long so I'll probably read it when the release date isn't so far anymore. + I have so, so many books on my TBR pile, I'm not going to be able to read them all until I'm old and grey and it still won't be enough time to go through that pile that's constantly getting bigger and bigger. Thanks for the giveaway though and participating on this tour :)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

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  4. Thanks for the giveaway! This one sounds amazing!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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  6. This is an awesome way of keeping fans of the book happy until the next one is out - authors should do this more often, give readers an idea of what's going to happen after a cliffhanger:)

    Awesome post:)

    Thank you:)

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  7. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway : )

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  8. ARRGH!!! So, unbelievably crazy for this book! Thank you to both Louise Rozett for the amazing guest post, and Fictional Distraction for the tour stop!

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  9. Ugh...now I really cant wait for the sequel.

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  10. I seriously can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for a great post!

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  11. confessions of angry girls sounds a great book..i hope i win it...but if it's not..i thin i'll buy for myself..
    thx u for the chance of win..

    -nurma-

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  12. Is this giveaway international? Thank-you for doing this, I'd love to win! COAAG looks great, I just don't have the money to buy much now ^_^

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    1. I'm sorry - it's US / Can. :(
      But feel free to enter my "own" blog giveaway here.

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  13. Those little "teasers" about book two are only making this wait worse! I would give one of my kidneys for Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend. Confessions of an Angry Girl was one of my favorite reads this year! Thanks for the great post and giveaway! :o)

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  14. This book sounds pretty great! The main character is a little younger than the ones in the books I normally read, but I'm actually curious about her story.

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome guest post with us Carina and Louise, I had so much fun reading this too, so I was quite pumped about the extra info you shared about the next book, so thank you! :)

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