Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Module 2: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2000. Print. ISBN: 0-06-028871-X

Georgia Nicolson is just a normal teenager growing up in England. Her thoughts consist of boys, school, boys, friendship, snogging, and snogging boys. Her parents are not ready for her to grown up, but Georgia is trying to get there as fast as she can. All she wants is Robbie (a.k.a Sex God) to snog her, her cat, Angus, to stop trying to kill the poodle next door, and her parents to act normal. As she frustratingly states, “I am fourteen years old, Uncle Eddie! I am bursting with womanhood, I wear a bra. OK, it’s a bit on the loose side and does ride up round my neck if I run for the bus... but the womanly potential is there, you bald coot!” Written as a year-long journal of her life, Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging shows the readers how hard it is to be a teenager these days.

As the reader moves through a year in Georgia’s life, your heart goes out to this young girl just trying to grown up. Although sometimes confusing with the British language, Louise Rennison made sure that all readers would understand the jargon by putting a glossary, with witty definitions, in the back. Throughout the book are well-written secondary characters that add depth to the story. From her crazy cat Angus to her best friend Jaz, Georgia’s life is never dull. By having the book set in England, readers get a chance to observe a teenager growing up in a different part of the world. Although the problems in this book seem trivial to adults, Georgia is in the midst of growing up, and that in itself is not trivial. In a Booklist starred review, it stated “This "fabbity, fab, fab" novel will leave readers cheering, "Long live the teen!" and anxiously awaiting the promised sequel.” This Michael L. Printz award winner is bound to be a hit with teenage girls desperately trying to grow up.

This book contains a glossary with explanation for some of the terms that Georgia uses. Using this as an example, students could write their own glossary focused on what they say and what it means. They could add to it all year, then compare what they were saying back then to what they are saying now.

"Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging." Booklist 96.21 (2000). Title Wave. Follett Library Resources, Inc., 2000. Web. 25 Sept. 2010. .

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