Confessions of an Angry Girl
Author: Louise Rozett
Publication date: August 28th 2012
My rating: 4 stars
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has someconfessions 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 nowenraged 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)
Once in a while you stumble across a book which takes you completely by surprise. Confessions of an Angry Girl is one of those books. To tell you the truth, I didn't think it would be my sort of read, I was intrigued by the sound of the premise, but once I'd picked it up I honestly couldn't put it down, it was such an enjoyable read that I found myself flying through the pages.
Rose had the worst possible start to school; her dad died while working in Iraq, he wasn't even a soldier but was hired as a contractor, he only took up the job to pay for Rose and her brother Peter's college. Now Peter's away at college, Rose's mother's more closed off than ever, Rose's friend wants to join the cheer squad and is getting so caught up in the matter that she's forgetting all about her, she's changing into Regina the Cheer squad lieutenant's minion. On top of that Robert her friend keeps trying to hint that they should be more than just friends, but Rose feels like there is something between her and Jamie, Regina's boyfriend. It's not her imagination but he seems to be paying more attention to her than usual. It's all a confusing position to be in for 14 year old Rose.
When I first read the synopsis I didn't realise that we would be getting a pov from a 14 year old girl! I usually like my povs from characters to be a little older, but I had so much fun getting Rose's thoughts, she could be so blunt at times saying things before thinking, causing herself more problems, but I liked this side about her. She was a freshman with hardly any friends to cover her back, but this didn't prevent her from giving up. With the junior Regina and her friends forever putting her down, she still tried to hold her own. She also had a fun sense of humour, I enjoyed some of the imagery and ideas she would come up with and how sometimes her imagination would wander off to the craziest ideas. At times I forgot how old she really was in comparison to several other characters as she acted quite mature for her age.
The secondary characters were also a funny bunch, Robert with his constant pining over Rose, poor guy was never able to come to the realisation that Rose didn't like him; he was always trying too hard. I had mixed feelings about Jamie Forta, I thought he was just what Rose needed, despite the age gap he seemed to understand her, but then he always blew hot and cold. When I finally thought something would happen between them he would push Rose away. So it was good getting some scenes where we got to know his character that little bit more, my heart really went out to him at times. Also I always seem to have a soft spot for male characters who are referred to by their surnames; St Clair, Barrons and now Forta *sigh*. Angelo Jamie' best friend was a character I truly adored, his and Rose's scenes in the study hall were some of my favourites, some may see Angelo as an irritating person with him constantly bugging Rose when she obviously wasn't in the mood to talk, but he truly did have person's best interests at heart. He was always trying to cheer Rose up, I loved how when she didn't tell him her name he started referring to her as sweater. I would have loved Angelo to have a more prominent role in the book as he always brought a smile to my face. Let's hope this happens in the next book Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend.
Rozette managed to create such a realistic portrayal of how difficult and confusing school life can be for a teenager. Along with the heartache, she was able to mix in some hilarious scenes producing an entertaining read full of charming characters many readers will enjoy. (just be warned you may want to pummel Regina in this book several times.)