New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2002. Print.
Annotation: The humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl, Georgia, who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighbor’s poodle, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
Booktalk: Let’s see if American teens are anything like their counterparts in England. With the help from Georgia and her glossary we can compare:
Angus: Georgia’s mixed-breed cat, half domestic tabby, half Scottish wildcat. The size of a small Labrador, only mad. Likes to stalk Mr. & Mrs. Next Door’s poodle. I used to drag him around on a lead, but, as I explained to Mrs. Next Door, he ate it.
Thongs: Stupid underwear worn by old Swotty Knicker, Lindsay. What’s the point of them anyway? They just go up your bum, as far as I can tell.
Full-Frontal Snogging: Kissing with all the trimmings, lip-to-lip, open mouth, tongues… everything (apart from dribble, which is never acceptable).
Georgia through her daily, sometimes hourly accounts in her diary will take you on the ups and downs of being a teenager. Some of the words may be different but being a teenager can be a universal event.
Honors & Awards
- Not Just for Children Anymore! (Children's Book Council)
- Michael L. Printz Honor Book
- Book Sense 76 Pick
- IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice
- New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
- ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
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YA voices: Hannah, age 14
I do read chick lit books because I can relate to most of the things that happen in the books and some tell a good teenage girl story.