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!