Study Guide

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Dissatisfaction

By Louise Rennison


I don't see why I can't have a lock on my bedroom door. Every time I suggest anything around this place, people start shaking their heads and tutting. (1.3)

Georgia is so sick of other people having power over her, particularly her parents. She wants a lock on her door, but it's their house and they call the shots and they say no way. Consider this an example of Georgia being dissatisfied with being a kid still.

What is the matter with people? I know why they don't want me to have a lock on my door. It's because it would be a first sign of my path to adulthood and they can't bear the idea of that because it would mean they might have to get on with their own lives and leave me alone. (1.9)

Again, Georgia is upset about the lock on the door issue. There's an added layer of dissatisfaction at work here, though: Georgia suggests her parents are dissatisfied with the prospect of having to live their own lives. We're not sure she's right, but she certainly seems pretty satisfied with her scathing assessment.

There are six things very wrong with my life: (1.10)

Need we say more? Georgia is literally about to list the things she finds unsatisfying about her life. Included will be her appearance, her sister, the end of summer, and best of all, dressing as a stuffed olive for a party.

I can already feel myself getting fed up with boys and I haven't had anything to do with them yet. (1.55)

Oh, Georgia… Here, she is working on her dissatisfaction with romance before she's really had any romance to be dissatisfied with. Way to get a jump start on things, girl.

Absolutely no phone calls from anyone. I may as well be dead. (1.58)

Classic teen dissatisfaction right here for you, Shmoopers. Few things are worse to fourteen-year-olds than feeling like they're out of the social loop.

I have no friends. Not one single friend. No one has rung, no one has come round. Mum and Dad have gone to work, Libby is at playschool. I may as well be dead. (1.77)

Like the quote right before this one, but with a little more pizazz—Georgia gets the whole family involved with this one. Of course she's often dissatisfied by their presence, but their absence just adds to her misery here because she's flexible like that.

I have no other foundation or money. I may have to kill her. (2.237)

Libby used Georgia's makeup for her bear's makeover, so while Georgia's usually on good terms with her little sis, this time Libby has gone too far. Wouldn't this novel take such an extreme turn if Georgia actually killed Libby? Who does Georgia think she is? Queen Mary? This is an example of a mild irritation pulled to the extremes of dissatisfaction—a.k.a. Classic Georgia Behavior.

Now I know why I don't bother with yoga—it's too hard, that's why. When I did "dog pose" I thought I'd never be able to get up again. (4.540)

Georgia gets dissatisfied when the going gets tough. Here we see this playing out in light of a physical challenge, but we'd wager you could map this onto an emotional one, too, and it would hold up just fine. Georgia's dissatisfaction might be a bit of cowardice in disguise.

Going to bed. Hope I never wake up. (5.585)

Disenchanted with romance, Georgia gets herself sick on candy and culminates the night with an early bedtime. We'd probably feel worse for her if that didn't sound like a great night to us…

The only way I'll believe in God is if something really bloody great happens soon. (10.936)

Way to bring God into it, Georgia. Awkward. Once again, Georgia is feeling a bit dissatisfied and dramatic after losing her tennis match to Kristy on a technicality. Georgia feels like nothing is going right for her in her life, though she might consider feeling grateful she wasn't expelled for knocking out her gym teacher with her racquet.