Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions#2) by Louise Rozett
Genre: Contemporary and young adult
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Pages: 288 (Paperback)
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…
…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.
When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.
First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
It’s usually a hard thing for a sequel to beat the début. But, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is definitely better than Confessions of an Angry Girl on just about every level. In the first book we met Rose and figured out the problems that have changed her but haven’t changed her to be necessarily angry like the title has promised us.But in the sequel as I first began reading, I was expecting some of the same stuff. I was expecting Rose to whine a lot and for her to say things that the characters thought were really mean and bad but actually aren’t. But don’t get me wrong, all of this is still in Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend but there’s also more. There’s more anger, more fights, more pain, more heartache. I was really shocked upon finishing this to realize that I liked this. A freaking lot.
Unfortunately, most of the book revolves around Jamie Forta who is, one of my least favourite characters. Albeit he’s a caring character who puts the people he cares about before himself, I hate how the author has built him up as a ‘tragic hero’ with a huge flaw that is meant to be overlooked because all of the characters need him. I found this bit really annoying for me and I just could not bring myself to like him. Another thing I don’t like is how much Rose whines throughout the story. It’s one thing for her to start whining in her head for only us, the readers to know but she complains to Jamie about everything–him talking to Regina and what it was all about, how all of her friends are prettier than her, and how jealous she is of the Deladdo family. It’s just annoying.
As usual I love the writing. Louise Rozett has a lot of talent making even the simplest things seem complex and important. The second part of the novel is when everything starts to get good with everything coming at Rose all at once rather than one at a time. And she explodes! I especially love Christmas Eve because this is when her bitchy side comes out of nowhere. She reacts to everything on impulse rather than planing out what she wants to say which is the reason why I love it so much. Most of the characters are a lot more developed, we get to know bits and pieces of why Regina and the rest of the Deladdo family are so cruel towards Rose and other people which helps readers sympathize with them a lot more than I did in the first book. And the ending. What an ending! Even though I had a sense that it was going to happen I was not expecting it to affect me as much as it did with the fighting and the heartbreak. This series is really moving their way up in my books!
All in all, I really liked this book. It’s funny, has a bunch of action, and it has suspense, something that a lot of YA books are missing nowadays. The first half of the book is quite annoying which forced me to bring the rating down but the second half is so unexpected and exciting, I couldn’t help but want Rose to pull on top and get what she wants. I recommend this to everyone who has read the first book and to anyone who’s looking for a new series to read. If you get through the first book, I promise hope that you’ll like the second one much better.
1. If you’re not used to compliments, they can really mess you up for a minute.
2. When I was thirteen, I was collecting horse stickers.
3. Sometimes people help each other, and get messed up in each other’s business; sometimes we stay out of it and let people find the way themselves. It’s always right to offer help, but not all help is right.
Confessions Of An Angry Girl (Confessions#1) By Louise Rozett
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Contemporary and young adult
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Pages: 272 (Paperback)
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 nowenraged 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.)
Everyone gets angry. It’s a known fact that we all break down and snap once in a while. What I was expecting from this book was an out of control, I-don’t-care-about-you kind of protagonist. What I was not expecting was a whiny, sad protagonist that mostly only cared about a boy and beating up a cheerleader. But even saying this, I still liked the book because it is funny and the characters (for the most part) are enjoyable. I just wish that it had a bit more bitchiness to it.
The beginning is pretty slow, Rose is trying her best to get over her father’s death while starting high school. With this being said, it’s pretty obvious from the start that Rose is not going to snap at every person she sees (or anyone at all). A few of the characters are stiff and choppy, I feel like Louise Rozett was trying so hard to get Rose well-rounded that she forgot about the secondary characters. I had a very hard time believing the relationship between Rose and Jamie as a real, genuine thing because it happens very suddenly and out of the blue instead of the readers getting eased into it. As for the humour of the story, Confessions of an Angry Girl only gets seriously funny and a bit crazy near the end of the book. Throughout the story, there are only petty, boring things happening compared to what the synopsis has made me believe what this book was going to be about.
What I like about this book is that most of the characters are really enjoyable. They don’t necessarily jump off the page but they did hold on to my attention and make me laugh. Another thing I like is that at the start of every chapter there’s a word and a quick definition about it as well as an insight as to what the upcoming chapter is going to be about. I think this is clever because it made it a bit harder for me to put the book down.
Confessions of an Angry Girl is a misleading title for this book. Yes, Rose is a bit angry but its exaggerated far more than it should be because she’s mostly sad, lonely, and confused. I recommend this to anyone looking for a light read with a touch of sadness, also who are looking for a high school styles book with evil cheerleaders in it. I’m really hoping Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is where Rose decides to step up her game and brings her bitchy, angry attitude out.