Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Blog Tour for Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett; Review, Q&A + Trailer

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)
Posted by Donna
Release Date: January 4th, 2013
Finished Date: January 3rd, 2013
Publishers: Mira Ink on Facebook / Twitter
Source: For Review  
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 288
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

This is a story about ROSE. About the occasional panic attack and being fourteen in the suburbs without a mobile phone. Read it and weep Rose's first year at Union High isn't exactly going to plan. 

Her family's broken, her supposed best friend's going boy crazy and Rose is so far behind socially that she might as well be moving backwards. Until her brother's friend Jamie offers her a ride home - and a way into the world of his popular clique - if only it weren't for his perfect cheerleader girlfriend. 

Now Rose is learning how to climb the wobbly high-school social ladder, while struggling to hang on to what matters the most...

The Review:4.5 stars!

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a few weeks now and it’s one of them books that I keep seeing mixed reviews about. So, I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book before I picked it up. Now it’s not often that I read a book that surprises me but that's just what Confessions of an Angry Girl did, and I absolutely fell in love with everything about it.

I can’t remember the last time a read a book like Confessions of an Angry Girl – one that I believe sends out the right message to teens who are considering becoming sexually active. With the characters only being fourteen to sixteen, most would think that it's possibly too young for them to be even thinking about sex or drinking alcohol, however, if you look into the society we live in, kids nowadays, seem to experience things much earlier in life. They’re exposed to sex and drinking one way or another and I highly believe that there should be more books like this available to teens because, it might get them to think about the choices they’re about to or are going to make. That’s what I loved about Rose – the main character. For a fourteen year old girl she was very level headed regarding sex and drinking, she knew what she wanted and wouldn’t let anyone pressure her – especially her best friend Tracy. Rose is supposed to come across as an angry girl – hence the title of the story and I think Louise Rozett did a great job portraying Rose as an angry girl. She’s wasn’t crazy angry but, she was angry enough at her father’s death, at losing her best friend to the popular girls and at her brother not coming home for thanksgiving to pull this story off. 

Now, I wasn’t sure how much romance would be involved with the story – or if any, but it was another factor that surprised me. Yes, there’s romance but it a complicated one but it's so, so good. Rose has had a crush on Jamie for years, however there is a slight age gap between them and also, Jamie has a girlfriend - the mean popular girl, Regina. I so wanted Rose and Jamie to work together, but the author really keeps us in suspense, but it works so well with the story because yay, there’s going to be a sequel – Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend. I have to say, I cannot wait! I want more Rose and I want more Jamie with swoon-worthy moments. The moments where they were together in this book though, were perfect and they honestly made me melt. And my favourite scene between them was this;

"He finds his way up the side of my neck, biting me just a little, moving lightly back and forth, like he's searching for a special spot. When he finds it, I make small sound I've never heard myself make before, like a gasp. He traces his tongue in slow circles around that spot. I realise my hands are just lying in my lap, doing nothing. I concentrate on lifting my arm and reaching for his face, but he catches my hand and holds it tightly at the wrist. His lips leave the spot and find their way back to my mouth, which is waiting, hoping for his return. He plants a gentle kiss on my lower lip and then whispers in my ear, "I just got lucky, Rose."

Louise Rozett creates the perfect read – one full of teenage angst, drama, loss and young love. I adored everything about Confessions of an Angry Girl and you simply have to read it!

 

Mini Q&A with Louise Rozett.

What provided your inspiration for Confessions of an Angry Girl?

The character of Rose came into my head one day when I was writing a book for adults. The book’s chapters alternated between the present and the past (high school), and I realized that I was really drawn to Rose when she was 14, more so than when she was 30. So I pulled out the high school chapters and strung them together to see what I had. And that’s when I realized that I had an Angry Girl on my hands.

I’ve always been fascinated by how girls feel and express anger, probably because it took me a long time to understand that I was allowed to be angry. I think girls are somehow subliminally—or maybe not so subliminally—taught that they are supposed to be nice, quiet and accommodating, and while those things have their place in certain situations in civilized society, they shouldn’t automatically overrule the expression of emotion. Girls should be able to feel and express their anger without being told that they aren’t being polite.

What was your own high school experience like? Did you face the same pressures that Rose does?
I’m very lucky in that, in general, I had a great high school experience. I had smart, fun friends, and I was very active in school. I also had a supportive family. But like most people, I had some bad experiences that were difficult to process, and I carried around a lot of anger about them for a long time. What I appreciate and admire about Rose is that she—unlike me at her age—is not afraid to express her anger. So often I feel like girls are not really allowed to be angry—we somehow get the message that we’re supposed to be good, and nice, and accommodating at all costs. And that’s not a great way to go through life. It’s important to express your thoughts and feelings because keeping stuff in can really backfire on you and you can end up hurting yourself, or other people.


Louise Rozett
About Author: 
Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She is making her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is due out May 2013. She lives with her boyfriend and 120-pound dog Lester in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn. 
Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.

5 comments:

Vivienne Dacosta said...

I am reading this one right now and I can't say I am surprised by how talking about sex at fourteen. My girls started secondary school and it became a topic of conversation from the age of eleven. It is frightening how kids are desperate to lose that virginity tag so early in life. Frightening really. Not to mention the amount of parents who seem to find it funny. My girls will be lucky if they are ever allowed out!

Suzanne @ Paranormal Book Fan said...

Great review Donna. The mixed reviews have stopped me from picking this book so far, but your review is making me think again. I want to know more about this guy Jamie and see how things go between them

Andrea Modolo said...

I actually was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one as well. It was cute and Rozett definitely did a great job portraying Rose's anger. I'm really interested to see where things will go in the next story, especially after that ending... Great review, always glad that something you wouldn't think you'd like ends up really taking you off guard.

A Tasty Read said...

LOVED THIS BOOK!! I can't wait for the next one! That scene you picked is my favorite between Rose and Jamie!!

♥Rachel♥ said...

OMG that quote Donna! I loved it! Wonderful review and interview. I really want to pick this one up now! :)