Joint Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl & Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #1&#2) by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) by Louise RozettTitle: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Series: Confessions, Book 1

Author: Louise Rozett

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 28th, 2012 by Harlequin Teen

Source: Purchased

Synopsis

Freshman Rose Zarelli has rage issues.

First of all, her father lost his job, took work as a contractor in Iraq…and never came home.

Second, she likes the wrong guy and his super-intense, scary cheerleader girlfriend is now her nemesis.

Third, her fashionista best friend, Tracy, is suddenly infinitely cooler than she is—and talking about losing her virginity. (What?!)
Rose is ahead when it comes to studying for the PSAT, but she’s so far behind socially that she might as well be moving backward. She needs Tracy’s help choosing the right clothes, she likes all the wrong extracurricular activities, and she can’t even make a decision about which photo of her father to put on the memorial website she’s making (and hiding from her adolescent-shrink mother).

With her brother away at college and her mother always locked in her office with her messed-up teen patients, Rose struggles to get through each day without inflicting bodily harm on anyone.

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Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2) by Louise RozettTitle: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Series: Confessions, Book 2

Author: Louse Rozett

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Synopsis

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.

The motto for sophomore year? When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

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**A copy was provided for review purposes**

Review

Rose loses her father shortly before starting Union High as a freshman. She is socially awkward and only really talks to her best friend Tracy who is cooler and more popular than her, especially when she joins the cheerleading squad. When Rose is put at the same study table as Jamie Torsa she’s in heaven, she’s liked him since she watched him playing hockey with her brother Peter. Jamie is dating Regina who is one of the popular cheerleaders and a total pain in the ass. Regina is bent on revenge when she learns Rose and Jamie are friends. Her freshman year is full of bitchy cheerleaders, and major drama.

Rose jumps to the rescue yet again when Conrad almost drowns in a swimming pool during his initiation to the Union swim team. Conrad takes a lot of heat for his sexuality and Rose only wanted to help but is dragged into the middle of it yet again. When Tracy starts a fashion website her popularity rises and Rose feels left out, deciding to audition for a part in the Union musical where she realises she wants to sing, not in theatre but a real singer. This year Rose has sworn to herself not to jump into the middle of things and is dedicated to making this year all hers.

The Confessions series is a fun read. There’s so much drama and bitching its so easy to believe its real. Poor Rose has it hard! First her dad dying then liking a guy who’s taken and receiving threats from cheerleaders. Rose always tries to do the right thing but gets put on the sh*t list anyway. Freshman year isn’t easy but Rose manages it well.

The first half of the book had me glued but once I got to the middle I felt as though it was all bitchy and had to put it down to take a break, I had to do this a few time as there’s only so much I can take before I get annoyed. Regina drove me nuts, so what if Rosé likes her boyfriend, she still doesn’t have to go to such depths to make her life hell.

Jamie was confusing, one minute he’s kissing Rose and being friendly, the next he’s completely ignoring her as if nothing’s happened. When summer comes Rose doesn’t hear from him at all until Sophmore year starts. And then even when she does see him he’s closed off, something’s going on with him and Regina and Rose isn’t sure how to feel. Regina is now with Anthony and doesn’t pay Rose much attention, something has changed but she doesn’t know what.

After Rosé decides she wants to be a singer she changes her appearance, from her hair and make-up to the clothes she wears. She totally rocks! She’s such a strong person and isn’t scared to do what she thinks is right, even if it means becoming an outcast.

Angelo, Jamie’s best friend was totally my favourite character, he’s so chatty and laid back. He’s in a band called Fuck This Shit (FTS) and loves all the same music as me, I could definitely see us getting along.

Overall I had fun reading both books but I felt there was just too much drama going on for me to really enjoy them.

3 rating

Ashton

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