There are plenty of things that are different about Americans and Brits. We have a president, they have a queen; we have Indiana Jones, they have James Bond; we have Britney Spears, they have the Spice Girls. We could go on. One thing that most definitely is not different, though, is the agony of being a fourteen-year-old girl. No matter which side of the pond you live on, it's a doozy.
You don't have to take our word for it, though—let Georgia Nicols tell you herself in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Louise Rennison's 1999 novel that launched a ten-book series about all things Georgia. Or all things worthy of being included in her diary, anyway, since the entire series is composed of her top-secret entries. Because this book is written for Georgia's eyes only, we get a no-holds-barred glimpse into the inner workings of one young woman as she tries to navigate the tumultuous terrain of boys, boobs, body hair, and more.
Whether you're an anglophile, a burgeoning teen looking for a little camaraderie, or just in the mood for a hilarious confessional, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is guaranteed to deliver. And hey, if nothing else, you'll probably at least understand what the title means by the time you finish reading.
Ever stood in front of the mirror and wondered why your nose isn't thinner/eyes aren't brighter/hair isn't more controllable or anything along those lines? Come on, we know you have—we all make the mistake of taking a good, long, super critical look from time to time. But doing so on the regular doesn't do a body good. And while Georgia doesn't really figure this out by the time the book ends, to us readers, it's crystal clear.
Georgia is obsessed with her looks. She has a ridiculously narrow beauty (and behavioral) ideal for what makes her desirable as a teen girl, and nitpicking herself for not fitting into this mold is a favorite pastime of hers. While it starts out as pretty relatable—see: the first paragraph of this section—over time, it's hard not to become critical of this habit. If you're anything like us, by the end you'll be shaking your book and shouting at Georgia to find value in herself beyond her appearance. After all, girl is funny—she just doesn't seem to know that this is key to her awesomeness.
Consider this a cautionary tale about a common habit gone wrong. You'll likely see just how easy it is to lose track of what really matters—and maybe even stop yourself from being overly critical the next time you walk by a mirror. Repeat after us: It's what's on the inside that counts.
The Official Georgia Nicolson Website
This is the official website for everything Georgia Nicolson, though it includes links to Louise Rennison's other books, too. We have a suspicion Georgia wouldn't approve of such sharing…
The Lovely Louise
Check out Louise Rennison's page on her publisher's website for the scoop on her life and career. And yes, she hangs out with teenagers for research.
From Ace to Zonked
Loving the British lingo in this book? Check out this website featuring Brit slang. Fun fact: The say zed instead of zee for the last letter in the alphabet. To find out why, click on through.
Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging (2008)
This movie combines the first two books of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series because movies do things like that. Despite some changes to the plot, though, you should find the story pretty recognizable.
The Scoop on the Author
Rennison lets it all hang out in this interview, including letting slip that she—like Georgia—went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
Lost in Translation
Okay, so technically Americans and Brits alike speak English, but apparently folks in the good old U.S. of A. didn't quite fall for Angus the way their British cohorts did. Here's Rennison's take on why.
Behind the Scenes
Want to know where Rennison gets her inspiration from? This is definitely the article for you.
The U.K. Trailer
Grab your chapstick because this preview's heavy on the lip-locking.
Rennison talks about how close the events of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series are to her real life. It's in eleven clips, so if you like the first one, be sure to click through all the rest.
Rennison on Georgia's Turf
On the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson website, there are two audio clips in which Rennison answers some of her readers' most burning questions. Yes, the "Sex God" comes up.
Curious about what Rennison looks like? Look no further.
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging Film Poster
This is the film poster for the U.S. adaptation of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, with a title modified to make sense to American viewers.