Confessions of an Angry Girl (Paperback)
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Short Description for Confessions of an Angry Girl After the death of her father, Rose Zarelli struggles to contol her feelings and manage her life as a freshman in high school.
- Published: 28 August 2012
- Format: Paperback 266 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210480 ISBN 10: 0373210485
- Sales rank: 81,376
Reviews for Confessions of an Angry Girl
Great YA read :)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin and Netgally.)
Rose is your average 14/15-year-old girl, except that as well as having to deal with all the normal crap that happens in high school, she's trying to come to terms with her father's death.
Rose's father was killed in an explosion in Iraq. He wasn't even supposed to be there, he was a contractor, not a soldier, but when he lost his job her mom was really worried about money, and so they made the decision for him to go to Iraq. The problem was that he didn't come back.
Rose's brother Peter has gone off to uni, leaving Rose alone with her mother at home who pretty much ignores her, and Rose's best friend Tracy seems to be spending all of her time trying to impress the cheerleading squad, and wondering whether she should have sex with her boyfriend (who's cheating on her!).
Rose is just trying to get on with her life, which is made extremely difficult when one of the cheerleader's boyfriends starts showing an interest in her. Rose recognises Jamie because he used to play hockey with her brother. She's always had a crush on him, but knows that it will never be anything real because he's older than her. When he does start to make advances, Rose can't quite believe it, but unfortunately his cheerleader girlfriend does and starts threatening Rose.
Rose is just sick of everything; everything other than Jamie that is. She's sick of the way her mother looks straight though her. She's sick of the way that her brother went away to college and didn't even come home for thanksgiving. She's sick of her friend Robert who wants to be more than friends, and sick of the way Tracy won't stop talking about having sex with her cheating boyfriend. And she's really sick of the 'cheerleader-witches'. The problem is that now when Rose gets really annoyed she opens her mouth and allows all her bottled up thoughts out, which isn't always the best thing to do. Because now Rose is finding out, that letting people know exactly how you are feeling, isn't always the best thing to do.
I enjoyed this book. Rose is really wise for her 15 years, and I have to say that in my opinion she had a right to feel angry. Her anger outbursts in my opinion aren't that bad, no worse than me with PMT really, but maybe that's just me! This book really shows what it's like to be back in high-school, and I am so glad I am out of there and not going back! Poor Rose may be grieving and may have anger issues, but most of the girls at her school are just total and utter b*tches. Sorry, to use that word but it does fit.
Rose had to make a choice at times in this book, choices that made her very unpopular, but at the same time were important and even critical at times. These choices however landed her truly at the wrath of the 'cheerleader-witches', and the harassment that she faced left me feeling rage for her.
The romance in this book was at a minimum really. We did get a couple of kisses, but it seemed that most of the girl's boyfriends were messing around with other people behind their girlfriend's backs. There were several discussions in the book concerning safe sex and use of condoms, as well as the 'appropriate' age at which to lose ones virginity, but no actual sex scenes of any kind (so suitable for younger teens).
I finished this book feeling really sorry for Rose, and really glad that I'm no longer in high school! Looking forward to the next book
8 out of 10. by Sarah Elizabeth
Darcus @ Starcrossed Reviews
I wasn't sure about this book at first, but I requested it anyway. Once I started reading, it took me a little bit to get into it (this probably also had to do with the fact that I became crazy obsessed with writing the outline to my new book during this time). Once I did get into it, however, I finished it really quickly.
Confessions of An Angry Girl is very reminiscent of real life, in my opinion. The things that Rose has to deal with and the situations she's put into seemed very realistic.
There were a couple things in the book that weren't resolved or brought to light. I'm going to assume that these things will be worked out in the next book.
Overall, the book wasn't bad, but I did feel like the ending was a bit too ant-climactic. by Starcrossed
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Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
So based on the blurb, I expected this to be a bit funnier, and well, different from what I actually read. I liked Confessions, but it was heavier than I expected. Don't get me wrong, I still had plenty to laugh at, but something about it makes it a story that I enjoy while reading, but I don't see it sticking with me long after I read it.
I liked Rose, and her emotions were well written. She was snarky, got herself into crazy situations and I could totally relate to her anger, sorrow (even though I didn't lose my dad, I have been through some tough stuff) and frustrations. I felt so bad for her when she was being targeted, and its so sad that stuff like this really happens in the high schools. I hate bullying, but I think that its important to see that it really happens.
I didn't really like Tracy, the best friend. I wanted to slap some sense into her. I hated how shallow and self absorbed she was at times, but maybe I am a little biased. But even worse than Tracy is Regina. But Regina is more of a well written villian. She always showed up when least wanted and she did some truly mean things.
Jaime is sort of an enigma to me. I didn't quite get why he was with Regina, and there was some insta-love going on between him and Rose, that I never quite understood the appeal. They had some hot moments and I enjoyed that aspect of the story, but I feel like he's too old for her. He also had this bad ass reputation supposedly but that never really felt that, I just felt like I was told and should believe.
One of the awesome things though is the side character of Angelo. I loved his interactions with Rose aka Sweater. I feel like he stole the show, and I hope that he comes back in the next one and honestly I wish he took Jamie's place as the romantic interest.
I also truly felt for Rose about losing her Dad, and I appreciate those moments where she was missing him and connecting with her memories and the memorial site, stemming from the Sgt.
Though on a totally unrelated note, I also felt totally sorry for Robert. I can understand that Rose wasn't into him, but I feel like she used him and really had no excuse for that. But I think that this also makes the story realistic, because he is *that* guy, who is there, who is sweet, but there is no chemistry on your end.
I felt like the story just ended kind of abruptly and even though I know there is a sequel out next year, I still just feel kinda incomplete.
Overall though, I enjoyed Confessions, and the plot and Rose kept me into the story, and I will def be picking up the next one.
Bottom line: I liked the story if not quite what I expected, even with a few things that annoyed me. by Brandi Kosiner