Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett – Review

Posted 1 August, 2012 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 27 Comments

Confessions of an Angry Girl

Book I in the Confessions series
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Harlequin
Copy received from publisher
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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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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:))

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Bottom Line

“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.

  

Additional Notes

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!

Much Love,

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27 Responses to “Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett – Review”

  1. This sounds like such a cute read. I have it on my to-read list and I need to get to it soon. I have a feeling I’m going to love Rose. She seems like my kind of character. Stories about characters growing up are my favorite, so I look forward to reading this one!
    Yay for delicious kisses! 😉
    Lovely review, Danny!

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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Oh the kisses!!! I loved them they were sweet and also kind of hot :)) Hope you’ll like Rose!!
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  2. I just finished this on Sunday and I really adored it. It was so easy for me to relate to Rose as I had a horrible freshman year of high school. I really enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to the next one.
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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Soooo glad to hear Lori!! It’s easy to fall in love with a book when you can relate! Can’t wait to read your review:)
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  3. I saw this one NetGalley and I wasn’t sure the synopsis made it seem like it would be overly angsty. But Rose actually sounds like a well rounded character with a lot of layers surrounding her. I also love when a book has a good friend relationship. I may check this one out after all. Lovely review, chickie!

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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Nope not much angst. A little but not too much! There is a lot of other things going on in Rose’s life. Especially the friendship with Tracy had a very interesting dynamic!
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  4. Even without all the loss, aren’t most teens angry in high school (I don’t mean all the time but it’s just such an out-of-control emotional time of our lives)? This story sounds great! I like that she’s actually thinking about things and wondering if she should do them because everyone else is or if it’s right for her. We need more of this!
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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Yes you are perfectly right!! I think I was also angry often enough!
    Rose was wonderful! I loved that she saw things with a more leveled head instead of just jumping in. That was makes the story also so special and perfect for me!
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  5. Yay! Glad you liked this one Danny, I’m excited to read it! You know I’m the same way as you with the romance, so I’m sure I’ll want a bit more in that department as well, but I understand that it wasn’t an epic romance given she’s only 14. I always just read books like this imagining them a bit older, so I tend to expect a more grand, sweeping romance when it’s not always the right fit for that:)

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    Danny 8/2/2012

    I actually felt sorry taking for letting this influence my review since it might not perfectly fair considering that Rose is 14. But. I just can’t help it. And.. the kissing was hot, so I am actually EXCITED for the next book!
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  6. kit

    Great review! I’ve seen this book around on various blogs quite a lot in the last couple of weeks, and it always sounded like something I would enjoy. I think I’ll definitely be picking it up at some point!
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    Danny 8/2/2012

    I hope you will and I hope you’ll like it as much as I did!!

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  7. I loved your review, Danny! I was under the impression that this book, because of its title, was more angry and perhaps full of rage, lol! It sounds like a cute contemporary! Will have to look it up soon, thanks 🙂
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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Thank you!!!! Rose wasn’t as destructively angry as I thought. She was just a cute teenager who felt lost. Hope you’re going to like it!!

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  8. I’ve been told this is a good one! But I hadn’t read any reviews yet, so I’m happy to have a little more insight into it. And I kind of love when contemps become series, or even just two books are better than one. I’ll definitely be checking this one out!
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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Yep!!! I love spending more time with characters I care for! And here it seems like we will be following Rose while growing up and I personally looking forward following her path!

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  9. Oh, I didn’t know it was going to be a series! I was hoping so as I read your review. I might try to snag it on NetGalley if it’s still there. See if I want to invest in the series.
    I love your review. Adorable is a frequent word you used. I figured this would be about a girl that needed anger management. I had no idea it would be so good.
    Thanks for the review!

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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Giggles! Yes I like”adorable” and I like “seriously” and don’t forget that I’m limited in the choice o words… I’m trying to improve my words range constantly!! And yes it is a cute book and I’m excited to follow Rose while growing up!

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  10. I can’t imagine anyone thinking that sex at 14 is okay. They’re little girls (although at that age, you think you’re so mature). It’s kind of nice that the romance isn’t over the top given the young age.

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    Danny 8/2/2012

    Yes I know!!! And that’s why I think it’s perfectly handled in this book! Rose exactly thinks so and is trying to convince Tracy that it is too early!! I really liked the way it’s handled here!!

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