Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Title: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend
Author: Louise Rozett
Series: Confessions #2
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN13: 9780373210657
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance, chick lit
Source: blog tour
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.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend follows up to its predecessor, Confessions of an Angry Girl, very easily. It clearly explains the story at the beginning of the book for readers to understand what has already happened so it is easy for the reader to catch on if they don't quite remember what went on in Angry Girl or hasn't had the chance to read it yet. Rose is in the midst of reinventing herself to become a newer, better, perfect version to the her from a year ago, but who says it'd be easy?

What I really love about Rose is exactly what I love about many other female protagonists such as Janelle from Unraveling or Alex from Ashes; her clear mind. She, while having her own personal baggage and issues, her mind didn't try to disguise those problems as something like a "phase". She sees things as-is, and made realistic observations which really let myself as a reader understand her environment and get to know the other characters very well.

Another thing I enjoyed was Rozett's style of writing, not telling but showing. It wasn't just apparent in how Rose saw people, but also throughout the story, from Caron, her therapist picking out questions to give the audience more of a perspective on the story, to the littlest things that each character does to show their characteristics, Rozett made sure that not a single opportunity to give her readers more background information was lost.

There's probably a million things I can tell you why this book was so great, whether it's how cool the covers are, or how amazingly Rozett paints out a theme to go along with this beautiful story of hers, but what I can definitely tell you is that I'd be going to the bookstore to drop some cash on her books. Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is not one to be missed!
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