Title: Confessions of an Angry Girl [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 28, 2012
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: A bit more dark and twisted than I originally thought, but pretty entertaining.
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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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 have to admit, I was expecting this to be more of a fun and light read, even if it is about an “angry girl”. Maybe it was the trailer, or the blurb at the top that got me thinking like that, but it turns out this book is a tad more dark and twisted that it appears. Not in a bad way though. Rose is a pretty angry and troubled teen, and who wouldn’t be after losing a loved one, especially a parent. Add that to basically losing your best friend to the “popular crowd” and trying to figure out life in high school with all that typical teen drama, you’d probably be pretty angry too. You bet there were definitely moments that got me all riled up myself.
Confessions of an Angry Girl is very relatable and even though I felt Rose was a bit challenging at times, she was also kind of funny and pretty strong-willed. There were quite a few times where I wanted to smack some of those popular kids upside the head for how they acted, but Rose definitely held her own throughout all their pestering and bullying. And boy did I hate her so-called best friend. If I were in Rose’s shoes, I would’ve kicked her ass to the curb from the get-go. A lot of it was pretty typical of contemporary teen novels, so if you like that kind of genre, then you’ll enjoy this book. There are also some heartfelt moments between Rose and her family and the times that she deals with her father’s death, so it’s not all teen angst and drama.
I definitely didn’t care for Jamie at all, too. What little parts he actually had in the book didn’t give me any sense of who he is or if he’s really worth all this drama. I suppose we’ll learn more about his in the sequel, Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend, but for now, I didn’t connect with him at all and found his interactions with Rose to be a bit strained and awkward. I can see why Rose would be intrigued by him: mysterious, hot loner boy with a “devil may care” attitude, but I didn’t really see enough of his character for me to like or dislike him either way.
Overall, it didn’t really disappoint me, although it didn’t really move me in any particular way. It was decent read, but if anything, the ending really grabs you and makes you want to read the next book right away. I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress in Rose’s life and seeing her character grow and develop.