From the back of the north american version:
Georgia Nicolson's life is far from simple. Her cat, Angus, is the size of a small Laborador. Her three-year-old sister may have peed somewhere in her room. And her best friend, Jas, thinks she looks like an alien just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Enter the Sex God. This just might turn out to be the most fabbity fab year ever!
My reading experience:
I've just finished reading this one and it's alright. It's completely hilarious in parts, in many parts actually, but it also has very little heart. Possibly this develops in the later books. The very little part would be Georgia's charming love for her three year old sister and for Angus, her feral cat (who is pretty awesome in the book). My overall impression of the book is that it reads like a long comedy sketch, is completely character-driven (which is always fine), but the story is shaky. It wraps up way too abruptly and I kind of didn't care about the romance between Georgia and Robbie. It had no tension and I just kind of felt bad for his ex-girlfriend. It reads like a grocery list of funny happenings.
But I enjoyed it for that. Sometimes I would go for pages where I wasn't laughing or engaged in the story but then there are these great hilarious parts that made me feel the read was worth it. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is also a hilarious coming-of-age story but it has more heart and the reader feels engaged with all the characters and situations. I didn't feel that I could cheer for Georgia.
People should definately read this book, though. Many MANY readers love it, it has won a ton of awards and honorable mentions (including being a Michael Printz Honor book and winning a Smarties Award), it's hilarious and you can read it in a day. Also, Paramount released a movie version available only in the U.K., it's called Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, and combines the first two books. Apparently it's very different from the books, tonally, and the younger audience didn't like it.
Some funny bits:
I said, "She's got an en suite bathroom--that's very bad feng shui."
Jas said, "Why?" and I said, "I don't know but it's very bad, you'd have to have about fifty goldfish to make it OK again...
Libby decided that "knickers on" was a game, and I chased her around for ages before I could get hold of her. Then when I was putting her knick-knacks on she was stroking my hair, going, "prrr prr. Nice pussycat. Do you want some milk, tosser?" I think she thinks "tosser" is like a name.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison, Harper Teen, Harper Collins Publishers, this edition has extras inside like an interview with Louise Rennison, Georgia's qualities of an ace gang, and the first few pages of her second book. The picture above is the british first edition cover.
Read my Teaser Tuesday of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.