Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriendby Louise Rozett (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Harlequin, HarlequinTEEN on June 18th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...
...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.
When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.
This is the second book following Rose. In Confessions of an Angry Girl she tries to deal with a lot of things like her Dad’s Death, a brother who goes to College, a mother wo retracts into herself, a best friend who only things about sex and then there is Jamie.. a boy who makes her swoon and makes her feel all kind of things…
Note: I wrote a spoiler free review, so you can easily read on!
What I love most about this series is that it IS actually series following Rose on her way to grow up through Teenagehood. With all the struggles this entails, plus her grief-stricken family. Often Contemporary series feature one couple every book, here? We will grow up with Rose and .. I love this so much!
So let me make some Confessions about why I think you should most definitely read these books!!
1.) Rose is adorable and so very very real!
Rose most definitely is a real Teenager. She struggles with growing up, she tries to find her place in the world and in High School. I felt protected of Rose and I wanted her to succeed!
2.) Rose is such a genuine, honest and good character!! .. and so freaking brave!
And.. she doesn’t even want to be good, but it’s just inside her! When everyone is too scared to step up and do the right thing, it’s Rose who actually does the right thing, even though this means the wrath of her entire school. But that’s Rose, and it makes her so freaking brave and wonderfully honest!
3.) Real Teen Issues!
Louise Rozett has a way to play with real Teen issues without it feeling forced or patronizing. There is talk about Sex (especially in book 1) and how Rose is just not ready, but then everyone keeps talking about it? Then there is the fear of gay kids – especially when you are in an all boy sports team. How do deal with this? Then, there is a lot about friendship and family and it’s just done right!! This was a real family, with real problems and with real people!
Especially Rose felt so real to me, she was constantly judging herself. Am I pretty? Why are all my friends prettier and where does that leave me! I think so many of use exactly knew how Rose felt…
Seriously, I’m a crybaby and I had water in my eyes so so often!!!! Sometimes it was so heartbreaking!
4.) Love is awkward! … but it’s also sexy and hot!
I loved the romance! I love how much Rose struggled with her attraction to Jamie, again it felt so very real. Does he like me? Does he not? What is wrong with me? Is there something wrong with me?
And .. then there is kissing! Toe curling honest to goodness kisses! I said it already in my review of the first book, I loved the way Louise Rosett writes kissing scenes.. so right and so hot! *swoon*
5.) Jamie Forta
Yeah, this boy get’s his own confession, because he’s cute and hot but also totally annoying and he made me angry and swoon at the same time! He was either pushing Rose away, or kissing her. He couldn’t make up his mind, but we actually felt his struggle. In the end, Rose is so young and he’s a few years older. But, he cannot fight his attraction to this stubborn cute girl!
So, do you need any more Confessions from me? No? I hope I convinced you that you need to pick these books up, as in .. right now! Go?!
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett is filled with amazingly real and honest characters who struggle on their way to grow up and find their place in the world! Following Rose on her path to grow up feels wonderfully genuine and the story is filled with issues everyone can relate to! I admired Rose’s bravery, honesty and also loved her stubbornness! High Five for this amazing sequel, which made me laugh, angry and also made me cry…
Quote from my Confessions of an Angry Girl Review
“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.