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Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Monday, August 20, 2012
Synopsis: 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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: Rose Zarelli is definitely an angry girl, but as you can see from the synopsis above, she has plenty of reason to be. I mean, wouldn’t you be angry if, after the death of your father, you lost your mother and brother, too? Wouldn’t you be angry if a guy with a girlfriend kissed you and then ignored you for months? Wouldn’t you be angry if your best friend was ditching you for a bunch of cheerleaders?

I usually do not like angry characters (Caps Lock Harry from Order of the Phoenix, anyone?), but I liked Rose. That is probably because Louise Rozett justified Rose’s anger and put a lot of humor into the narration. Whereas I usually route for the forces acting against angry characters, I really wanted things to work out for Rose.

I also really liked the way sex was dealt with in the novel. That is, to a point. A novel about high school freshmen definitely had more sex in it than I expected, but I think having the narrator not be at all ready for sex balanced it out nicely. I also loved the scene when sex is discussed in Rose’s health class. It was written in a way that did not make me feel like Rozett was preaching to her characters or her readers. Also, the scene taught an excellent lesson: Respect yourself and respect your partner.
When I first started reading Confessions of an Angry Girl, I figured it would be marketed to the lower end of YA. Rose is just a freshman in high school, after all. As I kept reading, I realized that Confessions of an Angry Girl is probably better suited for an older audience. I’m twenty years old, and even I was disturbed by the detail of Rose’s gynecologist appointment. And why was something that happened at that appointment never explained?

That leads me to my next point: This book leaves too many things unexplained. I mean, I know there’s going to be a sequel, but I don’t think I have ever had this many questions after reading a contemporary novel that’s part of a series. Throughout the novel, Rose makes a memorial website for her father. Even that isn’t finished or even mentioned in the end of the novel. And just what is going on with Rose and Jamie?

That said, leaving unanswered questions did have the effect Rozett was hoping for: I plan on reading the sequel, Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend.

Reviewed by: STEPHANIE

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