Study Guide

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging Themes

By Louise Rennison

  • Family

    Despite Georgia's annoyance toward her parents, family is a big deal in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. After all, Georgia's fourteen—and love 'em or hate 'em, family is a major player in her life. Her parents refuse to see her as the fully fledged adult Georgia fancies herself to be, her kid sister is annoying but cute, and in the end, when she's finally landed herself the boy of her dreams she's been yearning for since the moment she first saw him, her mom comes home and announces that they'll be joining her father in New Zealand—next week. Ugh.

    Questions About Family

    1. What does Georgia think about her family? How does this stay the same and how does it shift over the course of the book? Give specific examples, please.
    2. How does Dad's trip away affect the rest of the family? Turn to the text to support your claim.
    3. What do Georgia's interactions with her family tell us about her character?

    Chew on This

    The most important role Georgia's family plays in this book is in the plot-advancement department—more than anything, they matter because of the wrench they throw in her romance at the end.

    The most important role Georgia's family plays in this book is as something for her to push against as she tries to figure out who she is.

  • Friendship

    Georgia and Jas's friendship is pretty complicated and super important to Georgia's journey in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Though these two always come back together, their friendship is a source of major drama in Georgia's life, whether it's because Jas is scoring higher on their (totally ridiculous) body scale or letting Georgia know that boys aren't into girls for their killer senses of humor (which is also totally ridiculous, btw). Is it a perfect friendship? Nope. But few things are perfect when you're fourteen, and when push comes to shove these two really do seem to love each other.

    Questions About Friendship

    1. Is Georgia and Jas's friendship balanced? Why or why not?
    2. What does Jas's treatment of Georgia, and Georgia's of Jas, say about their characters? Be specific, please.
    3. Are Jas and Georgia truly friends? Why or why not?

    Chew on This

    Jas and Georgia may put each other down a lot, but what they're really showing when they do this is their own lack of self-esteem.

    Georgia and Jas only ever get mad at each other over superficial things—it's never stuff that truly matters.

  • Jealousy

    Georgia is so often green with envy in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging that we think it might be the biggest trend in British fashion. Her jealously stems from her insecurities, and is particularly large and in charge when it comes to Lindsay, the girlfriend of her love interest, Robbie. It's not Lindsay's fault she's older and dating the boy Georgia likes, but that doesn't stop Georgia from talking about how big Lindsay's ears are or saying her hair looks wet all the time. Does she come right out and say, I'm jealous? Nope—but it's crystal-clear anyway.

    Questions About Jealousy

    1. Who makes Georgia feel jealousy? How can you tell? Do these characters have anything in common? If so, what does this tell you about Georgia?
    2. How does Georgia show her jealousy? Be specific and remember to give examples from the text.
    3. What role does Georgia's jealousy play in the book? How would it be different without it?

    Chew on This

    Georgia's jealously directly reflects her low self-esteem—if she had more self-confidence she wouldn't feel so envious.

    The main way Robbie shows his interest in Georgia is through jealous behavior instead of, say, roses.

  • Love

    Romantic love, family love, and pet love—Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging covers them all, though Georgia's dating life (and lack thereof) is a pretty big chunk of the plot. She wants to be with Robbie, but kisses a few other dudes along the way. What can we say? Romance is complicated, and practicing kissing feels really important to Georgia. On the family front, Georgia navigates her dad's departure for New Zealand, an absence that make it hard for her to stifle how much she cares for him at times. And when it comes to Angus, well, if you can't get down with her maniacal cat, then you probably can't get down with Georgia either. So there.

    Questions About Love

    1. How does love motivate Georgia's actions? Find an example of each kind—romantic, familial, and pet—and use these to explain your answer.
    2. How does Georgia express her love for her family? How does this compare and contrast to the way she expresses love for her friends?
    3. Does Georgia love herself? How can you tell?

    Chew on This

    The most consistent demonstration of love in the entire book is between Georgia and Libby.

    Ultimately, this book is about Georgia's struggle to love herself.

  • Dissatisfaction

    Georgia is generally dissatisfied—we're talking with school, her friends, her appearance, her family, her family's appearance, and that's just to name a few of her gripes. So it goes when you're fourteen and trying to figure out who you want to be in the world. It often starts by identifying what you don't want to do. And since Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is Georgia's diary, it makes sense that we'd see her negative feelings unleashed in spades. It's kind of what diaries are for, or partially anyway.

    Questions About Dissatisfaction

    1. How does Georgia express her dissatisfaction? Not in her diary, per se, but out and about in the world? Give examples to support your claim.
    2. How does Georgia's dissatisfaction affect other people? Think about her family, friends, romantic interests…
    3. Are Georgia's feelings of dissatisfaction justified? Why or why not? Are there any exceptions to this? Use the book for evidence.

    Chew on This

    Georgia's dissatisfaction is key to her ability to grow because it helps her identify what she doesn't want.

    Georgia's dissatisfaction holds her back, keeping her focused on the negative instead of moving toward the positive.

  • Appearances

    Appearance is a big deal in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, which makes perfect sense since it's all about a fourteen-year-old girl… and fourteen-year-old girls are notoriously concerned with their appearances. That said, Georgia kind of takes this to the extreme. She's super insecure about her looks, which results in missing body hair on more than one occasion (and never in a good way). Plus, she and her friends spend a whole bunch of time rating each other's looks and comparing themselves to each other.

    If this all sounds like kind of a bummer to you, then consider yourself warned: Though Georgia does some maturing over the course of this novel, when it comes to her looks, she finishes the story just as insecure as she starts it.

    Questions About Appearances

    1. Why is Georgia's appearance so important to her? Give examples from the book to support your claim.
    2. What does Georgia think her appearance says about her? What does it actually say about her? What similarities and differences do you notice at work here?
    3. Is anyone in this book actually comfortable in their own skin? What does this tell you about appearances as a theme in the story?

    Chew on This

    Georgia believes her appearance is reflective of two things: whether she'll find a boyfriend and how mature she looks. And these two things matter more to her than anything else.

    With friends who are so readily judgmental about her appearance, it's no wonder Georgia struggles with her self-esteem.

  • Sexuality and Sexual Identity

    When it comes to sexuality and sexual identity, Georgia is one confused mess in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. She doesn't seem to know the first thing about how homosexuality actually works, she pays a boy money for a kissing lesson (without asking to see his credentials), and she generally struggles with being boy-crazy and desperate for romance. In her defense, she is fourteen, so there are some raging hormones at work. Or that's our explanation for her behavior anyway…

    Questions About Sexuality and Sexual Identity

    1. Which moment in the book do you think best represents sexuality as a theme in Angus, Thong and Full-Frontal Snogging? What happens? How does this encompass the theme in general?
    2. What are some of Georgia's misconceptions about sexuality? How do these affect her decision-making process and experiences? Be specific, please.
    3. Do any of the teenage characters seem to really know what's up when it comes to sexuality and sexual identity? If so, who? And either way, what does this tell you about the theme in this book?

    Chew on This

    The teens in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging have a lot of ideas about sexuality, but generally seem confused about what they really want from their interactions with people they're attracted to.

    Georgia's understanding of sexual orientation gives this book a homophobic element.

  • Gender

    Georgia and the other teen characters in Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging have some ideas about gender roles and they put a ton of pressure on themselves to fit into these narrowly defined stereotypes. How should they look? How should they act? What happens if they deviate? Yeah, gender is a source of major anxiety for these kids, and unfortunately it's also really limiting. Our fingers are crossed for Georgia's sake that as the series progresses, she loosens her grip on these rigid social norms and starts letting herself be who she truly is. It's more fun.

    Questions About Gender

    1. When does Jas take authority on the subject of gender roles? How does Georgia respond to this? What does this tell you about gender in their friendship and social lives?
    2. How does Georgia graft her ideas of gender onto other people? Give specific examples, please.
    3. Where do Georgia's ideas about gender come from? Give evidence from the text to support your claim.

    Chew on This

    The pressure to fit into specific gender roles only adds to Georgia's insecurities.

    This book is pretty backward when it comes to gender—it takes its gender cues from the 1950s.