Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, Contemporary
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[Scene from Jamie’s POV]

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has someconfessions 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.) (Goodreads)

Confessions of an Angry Girl follows Rose, a freshman in high school dealing with change all around her. She’s grieving the death of her father, who died senselessly in Iraq only months before school started. Her mother is a teen psychologist, yet can’t seem to talk to her daughter, and her older brother has left for college. Meanwhile she’s dealing with being 14 years old: changing friendships, peer pressure for underage drinking, smoking, and sex, bullying, and crushes.

Rose didn’t act out angrily as much as I was expecting, but rather, is just angry in general, and it takes her a while to recognize it. I loved her relationship with her brother Andrew, and her Mom… they felt real. I also thought her friendship with Tracy was realistic. Their friendship becomes strained when Tracy becomes a cheerleader and starts hanging out with that crowd. There are parties with keg stands, pressure to give up your V-card, and Rose just doesn’t understand why they need to grow up so fast. At that age, friends grow apart; want to go in different directions, but at the end of the day, they care about each other.

I really liked Jamie, Rose’s crush, even though I didn’t like some of his actions. He’s a bad boy that has a soft spot for Rose. He’s also 17, 3 years older than her. At first I thought he was too old for her, but then Rose handled everything well… Though she’s naïve and innocent, she’s a lot more mature than her peers. She doesn’t feel the need to cave to peer pressure, and she stands up for what she thinks is right. I was quickly able to let go of the age difference, and I was rooting for them to be together.

My teenage self could relate to Rose in so, so many ways! I really liked her as a character because she didn’t give into peer pressure and stayed true to herself. I have to say that at times, Confessions of an Angry Girl felt like an unofficial instruction guide to being a teenager! I think a lot of teen readers will connect with Rose, either because they identify with her, or see themselves through her eyes. I really enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend it for teens!

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5 Responses to Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

  1. I really enjoyed this book! So much more than I thought I would. I’m glad that you liked it. 🙂
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  2. Jenea W says:

    So glad you liked this. I loved Rose and Jamie..Can’t wait to see more of them.. Awesome review… 🙂

  3. fakesteph
    Twitter: fakesteph

    I want to read this one so bad. It sounds good and I’m excited to hear that all of the relationships seem real. Also, bad boys are my weak spot.
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  5. Nickle Love
    Twitter: nightowlreads

    That sounds like a good book. I actually know someone who’s angry all the time, but she’s in her 20s.

    I like the book cover, it’s simple and yet it appeals to me. ^_^
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