Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging. By Louise Rennison. (1999). London : Piccadilly.

Plot Summary

Georgia Nicholson leads a wild life! She has a half-wild Scottish cat named Angus, who is just mad, a best friend who convinces her that going to a party dressed as a stuffed olive is A-Ok, and parents who “just don’t get it.”Things are almost-fine until Georgia falls for Robbie, a total Sex God. Georgia may not be an expert on all things girl, but she has an opinion on everything from bras to thongs that will make even the most modest girls explode into hysterics!
Critical Evaluation
The first of a series all about Georgia Nicholson, Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging is a close to a hoot as you can get, away from an owl! The story is written in diary format, and while some entries may be as short as a sentence, they are definitely not short on humor!

Georgia is a student in a British school, so American teens may have trouble with some of the slang included, however, the versions published in the USA include an introductory note from Georgia, and a glossary!

While this story may seem quite low level for older teens, it may be just what they need to take their minds off of the serious nature of advanced high school life.

Reader’s Annotation
Georgia Nicholson is opinionated about everything. From her cat Angus, to the ludicrousness of thongs, accidentally shaved eyebrows, and Robbie, The Sex God. If anyone can show you how to laugh at yourself, it’s Georgia!

About the Author

Louise based several episodes in the books on her own childhood in Leeds, where she was bought up in a three-bedroomed council house with her parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle and cousin. Characters such as Elvis the school-caretaker, Wet Lindsey, Herr Kaymer the German teacher and Angus himself are not entirely fictional!

Louise wrote and performed a one-woman show called Stevie Wonder Touched My Face about living in Notting Hill Gate and, much like Angus and Full Frontal Snogging, what it was like being a girl. She wrote an article called “Dating Over 35” for a London newspaper, which attracted the attention of Picadilly Press, who approached her with interest in a young adult novel penned by her.

Louise’s research for her books requires many hours hanging around with 14-year-olds which she describes as, “Brilliant – the best fun known to humanity. It’s all boys, make-up, laughing and, er, that’s it.”

http://www.georgianicolson.com/
Genre
-Chick Lit

-Romance

-Humor

Curriculum Ties

-Body Issues

Booktalking Ideas
-Body Issues

-Dating Issues

-Diaries

Reading Level/Interest Age

Ages 13-16
Challenge Issues

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging has been challenged due to slang language and topics discussed which may be considered inappropriate for younger readers, such as “full frontal” kissing. However, amidst teens the ages of 15 and up, there shouldn’t be much of an issue.

“We’ve had a number of complaints from parents–especially about Angus, Thongs,” Gratz recalled. “Sometimes they calm down when we explain that a) Angus is a cat; b) the main character in the book is horrified by a classmate who wears thongs; and c) snogging just means kissing–not, er, shagging(Alderdice, 2004).”
Why Did You Include This Book?

“Definitely Bridget Jones kicked the whole thing off. But what kicked it down to teens was Angus, Thongs,” said Bethany Buck, v-p and editorial director of Simon Pulse(Alderdice, 2004).

Sales in UK for the series top 400,000. Sales in the US top the million mark and the books have reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. http://www.georgia-nicolson.co.uk/events/.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL), Books for Youth Editor’s Choice 2000 (Booklist), Top 10 Youth First Novels 2000(Booklist), 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA), and 2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA) Retrieved from http://www.harpercollins.com.

Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

References

Alderdice, K. (2004). Chick Lit for Teens and Tweens. Publishers Weekly, 251(46), 24-6. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database on December 8th, 2010 from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=15067779&site=ehost-live.

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