Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl by Chris Cannon  
Release Date: February 26, 2013  
Publisher: Harlequin Teen  
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary 
SourceARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions 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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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.)

Book 1 of the Confessions series.

Louise Rozett's Confessions of an Angry Girl has been in my TBR for longer than I'd like to admit; however, in my quest to read more backlist titles I decided to give it a try. I love angsty contemporary YA - which I felt Confessions of an Angry Girl would be - and I tend to adore the Harlequin Teen line. 

The result? Confessions of an Angry Girl is emotional, authentic, and unputdownable.

What I Loved:

1) Rose - Rose is angry, sarcastic, wickedly smart, and vastly unapologetic. She's not afraid to speak her mind, or do her own thing, and I loved that about her. It made her incredibly real. As Rosie navigated through the social cliques and drama of high school, I was transported back to my own time in high school. I feel like anyone - young or old- will be able to relate to her. She's at a cross-roads. She feels like she recognize her friends or her family anymore. She doesn't understand why all her friends care about is sex, alcohol, and fitting in or why her mom and brother just want to forget about her dad. Her emotions jumped off the page and came to life. Sometimes she did the right thing; sometimes she did the wrong thing; but no matter what I never stopped rooting for her.

2) Jamie - Jamie is a wildcard. From the moment he was 
introduced I knew he was going to play a large part in the book, and I was completely correct. Out of Rosie's friends Jamie was by far my favorite. He is sweet and swoony, and while I didn't always approve of his actions, it didn't make me like him any less. 

3) Lousie's Portrayal of High School - It's raw, realistic, and real. I appreciated that she showed the good parts as well as the bad. Over the course of the book, Rose gets her fair share of the high school experience- drinking, cliques, drama, and bullying. The bullying/harassment aspect especially broke my heart. I couldn't believe the horrible stuff Rose went through. I admired her for staying strong, though, and that fight that occurred near the end was so, so wrong but so incredibly epic. 

4) The Writing - The writing here is very similar to Rosie: blunt and to the point. The scenes had a feeling of brevity, but it worked incredibly well. There was still excellent plot and character development but almost no parts that felt unnecessary or boring. 

5) The Ending - The ending was shocking! So many exciting moments/plot twists were thrown in. I can't wait to read the next one! 

What I Didn't Like: 

1) All The Gossip Girl References - I'll admit this is a me thing more than anything else, but all the Gossip Girl references got on my nerves. Given when this book was released I can understand why it was mentioned, but at the same time the references just seemed so unneeded and even a tad awkward.  

Overall, Confessions of an Angry Girl ended up being a refreshing surprise. Blunt as well as quirky, Confessions of an Angry Girl is definitely perfect for fans of contemporary YA. 

4 stars!!

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