Monday, 26 July 2010

Review: My Rocky Romance Diary by Liz Rettig


Publisher: Corgi Children's
Format: Paperback
Released: August 5th, 2010
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

Kelly Ann is all loved-up with her gorgeous soulmate, Chris, so there's no way she's going to let her attraction for the dark and dangerous new boy at school go any further. OK, so he rides a cool Harley Davidson motorbike, plays in a cool band and has dedicated a song to her. But she's not going to let that rock her relationship with Chris, is she? Besides, Kelly Ann has other things to worry about. Like being dragged through the mud by a rogue Great Dane, locked out of the house by an eight year old she's supposed to be babysitting and that YouTube video that shows her grappling with a half-naked guy in Pizza Express - 200,000 hits and counting in just twelve hours...

Review:

I've been a Liz Rettig fan since I first read My Desperate Love Diary in 2005, and have since read everything she's written. She's always been up there with Louise Rennison as the UK's best teen chick-lit writer, and My Rocky Romance Diary has cemented that status even further.

Above all else, this book is funny. Like, really funny. If you thought Kelly Ann's previous escapades were outrageous, just wait 'til you read this. Now that she's got a steady boyfriend, Chris, all sorts of problems present themselves. Fantasies about new boy Matt is at the top of the list which, as you've guessed, makes life very difficult for her and Chris. Matt is a bad boy to the core, equipped with an edgy dress sense and a Harley motorbike. He's enough to make any girl swoon, including Kelly Ann and the rest of the college student body.

My Rocky Romance Diary sees 17-year-old Kelly Ann have sex, experience jealousy and lust, and the unusual urge to live the single life for a while. Rettig uses her dry Scottish humour to her advantage, giving Kelly Ann some hilarious dialogue that had me laughing out loud. Although the tone of the book is as lighthearted as the rest of the series, you can definitely tell the characters are growing up. The teen problems we've been used to are now more mature, and probably a lot more realistic than you'd expect.

I've enjoyed this whole series, but My Rocky Romance Diary is head and shoulders above the rest. When I read teen chick-lit, this is exactly the kind I want - something fun, down to earth and capable of making me laugh. Now excuse me while I go and fly my Kelly Ann flag. Long live Liz Rettig!

13 comments:

Nomes (inkcrush) said...

wow, I love this review. this book sounds just plain fun and exactly one of the reasons why I love reading.

thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

Lauren said...

Great review! I've never heard about this book before but it sounds like it's really funny.

Kate said...

Superb review! I thought Liz Rettig was an amazing writer when I first read one of her books. My Rocky Romance Diary sounds like a really fun read.

YA Vampire Books said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I haven't heard of this books before, but I'll definitely look out for it in stores now!

Dwayne said...

I'm so ashamed to say I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'm working on that. Fab review as always Jenny!

asamum said...

Great review (as always) Would you classify this for older teens. would like to get them in the library but maybe not suitable for year 7????

prophecygirl said...

Probably a bit older Emma, but the other books in the series would be suitable for year 7.

thebookfairyhaven said...

I totally love the sound of this book and am adding this to my tbr pile! It sounds fantastically fun :)

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

This book sounds great---I haven't heard of it the series before but it sounds really good. Thanks for the review!

Becky said...

Ah, so you are a big fan, eh?! I am thinking that maybe I should try the first book. Although this is not my usual read, I love the sound of the humour and I have been surprising myself so much with my tastes lately. Great review.

Anonymous said...

Ive read all the books and i have them all except this one. it looks really good just like the rest so i will get them. to everyone hu is thinking of reading these books then dont hesitate they r awesome

Amenah said...

Mmmm.I love this book so much and this one's MY favourite as well.It's fun and hip and I absolutely ADORE Chris.He's the ideal guy any girl would want.Liz Rettig rules:)

Amenah said...

Mmmm.I love this book so much and this one's MY favourite as well.It's fun and hip and I absolutely ADORE Chris.He's the ideal guy any girl would want.Liz Rettig rules:)