You will Want to Hear These "Confessions of an Angry Girl"

Title:  Confessions of an Angry Girl
Author:  Louise Rozett
Format:  E-galley
Length:  272 pages
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Rating:  5 stars

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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)
-Goodreads


Confessions of an Angry Girl is a book for every girl.  Though this particular story belongs to Rose, the trials and victories experienced as she navigates her way through the first year of high school are universal.
This contemporary read manages early on to connect its audience to Rose emotionally without playing to the fact that she has lost her father.  By the time that one comes to realize the full extent of the loss of her father on the family, you are already fully engaged in the happenings of other aspects of her life.
It is in fact the author's ability to write Rose as the unlikely star of her own life that makes her so appealing as a character.  She is not trying to be pretty, interesting, or the center of attention.  She is just trying to be a good friend, sister, student, and daughter while living through the most heart-breaking, confusing, exciting, and taxing times of her life.

Relationships 
Rose and her mother  For the most part this aspect of the book is painful to watch.  Her mother closes herself off in a world of work and her own pain at the loss of her husband.  Though she is physically present, she is emotionally unavailable.

Rose and Peter  Peter is Rose's older brother who is away a college.  Rose resents the fact that Peter uses the distance between them to distance himself from home and the issues there.  Though she needs his support, she doesn't want him to try to assume the role of her father.

Rose and Tracy  Tracy is Rose's best friend.  This is the relationship that undergoes the most change as Tracy tries to distance herself from Rose with new and different friends and situations that Rose doesn't want to be a part of.  Watching Rose hold on to her values while trying to hold on to a friend on a collision course with disaster is one of the best parts of the book.

Rose and Robert  Robert loves Rose and would give anything to be the man in her life.  She doesn't see him that way and his constant pining for her makes her angry.  This is the only time in the book that Rose could be defined as selfish or mean.

Rose and Jamie  Jamie is the older boy that is attracted to Rose.  This is her love interest throughout the read and the catalyst for a great deal of the drama.  There are so many things about their relationship that one could define as wrong, but they are so tender together and they understand each other so well that readers want to see them together.

Rose and herself  Rose is always a strong person.  She does what she thinks is right throughout the entire read.  She has a really good grasp of life in general despite what is going on around her.

This is a wonderful book that will make readers laugh, cry, cheer, and remember their inner "angry girls".  The fabulosity that is this book is continued in the coming Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend.
My Rating:

 

 
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way
influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."

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3 comments:

Erika said...

I have heard a lot of great things about this book. At first I thought it wasn't really for me but now I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for the review!

Karen H in NC said...

I don't much of the YA genre, but based on your glowing & informative review here, I believe I'll put this book on my books-to-buy list.

deasuluna said...

This book looks great I mean when I first saw the cover in my local bookstore it didn't catch my I but while checking out some of my favorite book blogs I stumbled upon some reviews. I'm going to have to either buy this book pick up from the library. Thanks for the honest review and the break down of the main character's relationships with the rest of the cast! :D

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