Series: Confessions #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on August 28, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)
I really connected with this book — way more than I thought I would. I thought it would just be a fun, entertaining contemporary read.. and it was, but it was also much more than that. This book hit me on a personal level because I could completely connect with Rose’s high school experiences, and that’s what this book is about.
Rose is a freshman at high school and so far.. she’s not crazy about it. She and her best friend since like, forever, began high school together but they’re slowly growing apart. Lucy joins the cheerleading squad and turns into a party girl, whereas Rose is more down to earth and not caught up in the social scene. This is like, the definition of what happened to me just before high school. I had a best friend who I did everything with and we were practically inseparable. But then she started drinking, smoking, and turning into a teenage party girl, whereas I stayed behind and didn’t change all that much. That’s why I loved this book so much — because I was able to relate to Rose on a really personal level and it made me completely rethink my early high school years.
We follow Rose through the school year, watching her crush on a guy, her friendships change and get torn apart, and we see her try to deal with the grief from her father’s recent death. This book has a lot of emotion and deals with topics that I’m sure most of us can relate to: drama, drinking, sex, bullying, loss, and friendship. Rose had a really unique and down to earth character that I absolutely loved. She didn’t try to sound cool or composed — she was just her sarcastic, witty, “I don’t really care what you think” self, and I LOVED it! That’s what made the story so real, refreshing, and relatable. I laughed, I cried, and I screamed in disappointment when the book came to an end. I didn’t even realize that this book would be a series until I got to the last page and saw:
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST GIRLFRIEND Coming in 2013 from Harlequin TEEN.
I did not want this book to end! I wasn’t ready to leave Rose’s world and I wanted to find out what happened next. Most importantly, I wanted to see that Regina bitch get what was coming to her!
Here are some of my favourite quotes, and quotes that I feel really show what the book is all about.
And suddenly I can see the future so clearly I can’t believe I couldn’t see it before. There is no room for me in this world of vodka and cheer-witches, which is fine, because I don’t want to be in it anyway. At least, I don’t think I do. But is it possible that, even though we’ve been friends since before we could read, Tracy and I might not make it through this year? ARC of Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
As we drive back to Union, I wonder once again if this is really the way high school is supposed to be. It seems like everyone around me is having a great time drinking, dating, having sex and almost getting arrested. But somehow I always seem to be on the wrong side of the equation. […] Maybe it’s me. Maybe I don’t know how to have fun. Tracy always says I need to loosen up. But I don’t want ot take my clothes off in front of half the school, and I don’t want to have a funnel full of vodka jammed down my throat. I don’t want demonic cheerleaders making me do awful things, and I don’t want a jock boyfriend who pressures me into having sex and might be cheating on me. ARC of Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett