Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett, synopsis from goodreads: 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)
That was a perfect cute coming-of-age and trying to grow up story!!!. Louise Rozett managed a to perfectly balance seriousness, romance and fun.
Rose was an adorably main character!
Rose doesn’t has it easy nowadays. She lost her dad and feels very alone with her grief since her mother totally retracts in herself. Then, there is her older brother who leaves for college and she feels strangely alone. Rose is pushing this grief into Anger. Not in a destructive away, but .. she was just angry at the world.
Rose was such an adorable girl and it was easy to understand the anger she felt – especially, someone who knows what loosing a beloved person can do to you, Rose easily got a spot in my heart. It can change you and it’s hard to find your way back to yourself and this is exactly what Rose is struggling with.
Growing Up – Sex, Boys and … fitting in …
But not only had Rose to deal with the death of her father, but she’s also just about to grow up and suddenly boys and sex play an important role in her life. Something she’s not ready for and tries to understand. It was cute and sweet how Rose tried to fit in High School and realizes that sex and love is suddenly an issue. Truly, I think this part of the book felt genuinely real and it’s easy to feel connected to Rose and her surroundings. When everyone thinks sex with 14 is Ok – does that mean I also have to do it? How can I fit in with the others even though I do not like what they are doing? Those are the questions raised and we followed Rose how she struggled to find her way!
Friendships and Romance
Even more, her best friend Tracy is going on a different route and a friendship that was certain before now need some work and understanding on both parts! The dynamics of friendship and the changes that can occur when two people develop into different directions was amazingly played. Among all those dramatic events ( dramatic for a 14-year-old..) there is Jamie – the cute boy who’s just a little older and apparently shows interest in cute little Rose! And here’s my only complain: the romance felt lacking. although in all fairness I must say it was kind of fitting considering that Rose is only 14 and still has all the time in the world…. But personally, I would have liked to see more! I also would have liked to get to know Jamie a little more. Because the kissing scenes were… absolutely great! :)) Louise Rozett definitely knows how to write kissing scenes:))
“Confessions of an Angry Girl” had everything I’m looking for in a Contemporary Story. It dealt with issues such as loss and growing up, sex, love and friendship. The story was genuine and perfectly real. Each one of us who was 14 can relate to Rose and Louise Rozett managed to create a perfectly balanced story that doesn’t miss anything.
I was especially surprised to see that we will follow Rose and her upcoming High School years and I am eager to follow Rose growing up!!!! Initially I thought that the next book would be set in the same high school and be sort of a spin off, but no, we get more from Rose! And… I am pretty sure I will get more kissing and more romance!