Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Friday, January 11, 2013

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)
Title: Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1)
Author: Louise Rozett
Date of Publication: August 28, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTEEN

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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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

Review

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I got this from NetGalley and read it way before. I remember reading it on my free times last October and during my trip to Palawan. Ha, I read so many books while on Palawan. Anyway, at the beginning, I really thought this would be my new Pushing the Limits. I loved Pushing the Limits and with the great blurb (and cover!) this book has, I had high hopes for this one. Sadly, I ended up disappointed.

It was awesome at first. I felt giving it a 4, like what I gave Pushing the Limits. The way each chapter starts with a SAT word and its definition and then Rose's alternate definition. Like how she defined "plummet" as starting high school. So much potential and yet, I ended up finding it just okay. I do think I'm part of the minority that did not like this novel and I actually think I would have love this novel if I read it in a different mood. But I was kind of critical that day, I guess.

Anyway, my problem lies with the main character, Rose. Yes, that's a big problem right there. But I can stomach a novel with a main character I don't like if the side characters were developed better or are even remotely interesting. But this book lacks that. Rose describes herself as an angry girl and there lies the problem, I don't think she is. For me, she's a whiny girl, a really, really whiny one. Acting out and rebelling and complaining about EVERYTHING is not being angry. So a main character I can't relate to, that's fine. But everyone's so uninspired. So Jamie, the hot, older guy, who's mysterious, dates the head cheerleader and of course, interested in Rosie. Regina, the bitchy head cheerleader. Tracey, her best friend, is a cookie cut-out too. Everyone is as stereotypical as it can get and I didn't realize it until I was nearing the end. See, I actually enjoyed reading it but when I was nearing the end, I saw and realized its flaws, which made me not like it as much. That's such a sad thing, right? Oh well.

Anyway, this is the first book in the series and I have a problem with that. I think it all that plot in the series were to be compressed to a single book, this book might have been great. But by tackling so many things but touching only upon the surface, no real issue was resolved. Like literally nothing was resolved. You introduced a conflict then floundered and then abruptly ended it. Plus at the end, it felt like, where is this all coming from? Her new interest came from nowhere. It felt like the novel needs to end and so let's put some vague future directions. I don't think that's how you end a novel.

Moreover, do fourteen year-olds in the United States really take pills already? Maybe I just read more novels with characters in the sixteen to eighteen year old range but woah, I was really cringing at her trip to the doctor. Oh well, maybe it's a cultural divide but I was certainly shocked.

So that's why I've been holding off on reviewing this one. I think I have tons of bad things to say and I generally don't like bashing books. Do know that it's a personal preference thing but the book is wonderfully written. On the technical side, I have nothing to pick on and like I said, I actually like how it's written. But I'm more of an emotional reviewer so I base my rating on my feelings about the book and not on the technical stuff.

I recommend this book to contemporary lovers, especially those that are issue-laden.

About Louise Rozett

Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!)

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