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Dear Louise Rennison:

While Georgia Nicolson is a funny character, and what she and her family and friends and her mad cat get up to is amusing, her baby sister Libby may be one of the funniest characters I've ever encountered. Ever. In book or on film. On multiple occasions while reading this book, I laughed until I cried - long bouts of sustained laughter - over things to do with Libby. Such as this:

"Mum, have you noticed anything unusual about me? I am not happy . . . in fact, I am very unhappy."

"Why? Have you broken a nail?" And she laughed in a very unpleasant way. Then she called out, "Libbsy, where are you, pet? What are you doing?"

I could hear Libby's muffled voice from Mum's bedroom and a bit of miaowing. Libby called, "Nuffing."

Mum rushed in there, saying, "Oh God."

I heard bang, bang and Mum yelling, "Libby, that is Mummy's best lipstick!"

"It looks nice!!!!"

"No, it doesn't. Cats don't wear lipstick."

"Yes."

"No they don't."

"Yes."

"Owww; don't kick Mummy."

"Bad Mummy!!!"

Hahahaha. She who laughs last laughs . . . er . . . the last.

Sincerely,
Kelly Fineman

Dear blog readers,

This book picks up where the Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging left off, and we're left to discover whether Georgie has to go to New Zealand or not and what's up with Robbie (the Sex God of the title). We meet a new character - Dave the Laugh - who I just know is going to be her one true love by the end of the series. (DO NOT TELL ME IF I AM RIGHT OR WRONG ABOUT THIS!) And we get a better indication of what Georgie's like - although I sometimes wonder why Jas is friends with her, really, since Georgie isn't always (or even usually) particularly supportive.

There are any number of completely brilliant moments in this book - not just the funny bits, either, but the underlying home truths about the characters - whether it's to do with Georgia's lonely mother or about the many perils and pitfalls of being a teenager and older sibling or about Georgie's self-image. (She's especially self-conscious about her nose.)

I'm quite looking forward to the next book.

Hugs,
K


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rachelswardrobe
Feb. 13th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
There's a sitcom over here called 'Outnumbered' - it's a family based comedy with two parents being totally over run by their three kids - it's very clever and realistic, and the youngest child is played by the girl who played princess margaret in 'The King's Speech'. The extract you took from the book reminded me of her character in this sitcom... I shall find a clip... hold on......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ZdXr--4QA&feature=related
kellyrfineman
Feb. 14th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
AHAHAHA! M and I just watched that clip and it was FUNNY! "Even idiots? Even people who want to stab you in the eye with a pencil?"
rachelswardrobe
Feb. 14th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it : ) There's some hysterical moments in that show... the younger boy is very funny too... a lot of it is ad libbed - they give the kids a bit of script and direction, but let them then run with it.
patty1943
Feb. 14th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me how much I liked those books.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 14th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
You're welcome. I'm moving on to Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas next!
adamselzer
Feb. 14th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I liked this series - it really came to life on audio book. The movie (written by the guys who did Pete and Pete) was also very good.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 14th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I can't believe they had to change the title to "Perfect Snogging" for the movie. Yeesh. Still, I hear good things about it, and will have to look for it!
mostly_irish
Feb. 14th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
I have heard many good things about these books and hope to pick them up soon.

Also? I think I am officially in love with that Libby too.
"Cats don't wear lipstick."
"Yes."
"No they don't.'
"Yes."

Heeeee!
kellyrfineman
Feb. 14th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Libby is HILARIOUS! In the first book, she calls someone a tosser, and she always calls Georgie a "bad boy" (despite her being a girl). I think you'll enjoy these.
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