Monday, 1 July 2013
Review: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
Publisher: Mira Ink
Released: July 5th, 2013
Rose Zarelli 2.0 here—2.0, as in, innovative…superior…improved. Improved how? Glad you asked. This year, I will not: 1. Do things just because other people want me to. 2. Randomly shoot off my mouth. 3. Worry about whether I'm someone's girlfriend—or not. So, what will I do this year? 1. Find my thing and be who I want to be. 2. Learn when to speak up—and when to shut up. 3. Tell off Jamie Forta and move on. I'm older and smarter now—I can totally pull this off. How hard can it be?
Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend is the second book in Louise Rozett's series about fifteen-year-old Rose Zarelli, following on from last year's Confessions of an Angry Girl. I really enjoyed the first book and was was antsy surprised by the depth of the plot, and I'm happy to say that that has carried over into the sequel. Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend is more serious, more realistic and more engaging than I thought it would be, and it's a fantastic continuation of Rose's story. Rozett knows what she's on about when it comes to writing teenagers!
Rose is still having a hard time coping with the death of her dad, as you would be, and the way grief is handled is very realistic and true to life. It's not suddenly forgotten about by book two (which I have encountered before), instead Rose is still figuring things out and trying to find a way to get on with her life. Her family is an unusual one and is explored more in this book, and I liked getting to know her mother and brother a little better. They too are realistic, dealing with their own problems and having their own separate crises.
Along with family and grief, bullying and homophobia are also main themes in this book. Both are so important for YA authors to cover in their books, and I'm really glad Rozett chose to tackle these issues in the way she has. There's nothing more important than tolerance when it comes to high school students, whether it be taught in assemblies, novels or other forms of media. This book will definitely make readers think twice about what they say and how they treat people, and that is always a good thing to take away from a story.
Rose grows a lot in this book, she learns more and develops new relationships, both by meting new people and taking existing friendships further and in different directions. Her feelings for Jamie are revisited, and he also develops as a character. He's now one of my favourites.
I really hope there's more Rose books on the cards for Louise Rozett; I thoroughly enjoy them and will gladly read more. And if you haven't read this series yet, do give it a go - it's a lot deeper than the covers would suggest. Also, there's snarky writing and lots of teenage drama with a sprinkling of angst. What more could you want?!