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So I have a sister. Not all that surprising right? I’d either have a sister, a brother, both, or no siblings at all. It’s kinda how things work here. 😉 Anyhoo, I’ve got a sister. She’s younger than me, which has really become pretty much irrelevant now that we’re both over the age of 20. However, I don’t want anyone to forget that I’m older. It’s an older sibling thing.

My sister isn’t as crazy-sauce for books as I am. Don’t get me wrong, she definitely reads, but she’s much less likely to be caught reading while doing everything it is at all possible to read and do at the same time as I am. I walk and read, brush my teeth and read, eat and read, take the cat out on a leash and read (Yeah, it’s embarrassing for both of us), and, if I could, I’d drive, sleep and shower while reading. It’s an addiction, I know this.

cat lying on back in garden wearing harnessSee, this is what I have to be seen outside with. It’s just easier to read while we’re outside and try and pretend that all the neighbours don’t think I’m nuts. But they do. They’ve mentioned it to me. Loudly. 😦

But my sister has done me several favours in our reading lives. She has allowed me to know the entire 1st Madeline book by heart (In an old house in Paris, all covered in vines…), has exposed me to the epic fantasy series Dragonlance, and introduced me to this week’s author. And for all of these things I have to thank her. Very much. But I should probably call her to do this because I don’t think she reads my blog. What a jerk eh? 😉

So (while I call my sister and complain to her about how totally not supportive she is) I’m going to introduce you to our book of the week:

Book cover for Withering Tights

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Summary:

Tallulah Casey’s knees are located 4 feet off the ground (or so she says). Everyone else in her family is normal sized, but somehow she managed to get the giant gene. And to make matters more fearsome, she is heading off this summer to a theatre arts camp all by her lonesome.

Armed with her cousin Georgia’s comedy moustache and lots of hope about all of the boys she will meet, Tallulah heads off into the wilds of Yorkshire for a grand, and decidedly dramatic adventure!

Review:

Like I said, my first introduction to Louise Rennison came in the form of the first Georgia Nicholson book: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, that my sister had borrowed from a friend. I saw her reading it, thought ‘What the hell is up with that title?!?’ and decided that I HAD to read it. Like right away. So I stole it from her and read it. Good thing I am a fast reader, or that could have caused a bit of an issue. 😉 And it was awesome. Lived up to its name 100%. Flash forward to now, and I have read most of the Georgia Nicholson series and love, Love, LOVE Louise Rennison’s writing style. And Georgia. She’s mad, and British and just completely mad, which is awesome. So needless to say (although you know me, I say a lot whether it’s needed or not!) I had very high expectations for this book. I also may have squealed when I saw it on the shelf.

This book, the first in a new series by Louise Rennison, is related to Georgia Nicholson and her series. And I really mean that, because the main character Tallulah is Georgia’s cousin.

Now I liked Tallulah, but not quite as much as I liked Georgia. Or maybe it is just that I didn’t love her instantly like I did Georgia. Because, now that I think about it, I did laugh within the first few pages after she kicked some old dude on a train by accident. (It’s her very long legs you see.) So yes, I’m going with no instant love for Tallulah. I had to get used to her, and our relationship needed to grow and blossom, which takes time.But I did come to like Tallulah very much, and had a great deal of fun with her on the moors of Yorkshire.

All of the supporting characters in this book, from the ridiculously dramatic staff at Tallulah’s drama camp thinger to the family that she lives with while in Yorkshire, were sensational. Quirky and memorable, which is exactly what I had expected from Louise. And I really liked that Tallulah narrated the book, but that she moved away from the diary style of the Georgia Nicholson series.

A good thing to know about this book before you read it is that you might want to at least brush up on your Bronte sisters, if not actually read Wuthering Heights. (Or the plot summary…) Not that it has much to do with the plot of this book, but they do refer to it a lot. Starting with the title. … You picked that up right? 😉

Basically this is just a killer book about a girl who likes acting, is insecure about her knees, and wants to know what it’s like to kiss a boy. So pretty much every girl between the ages of 12 and 18. 😉 Oh and for those of you who want to know if this is a ‘kissing book’? The answer is yes. But there is also a pie eating contest, squirrel slippers and owls. Clearly this is much more than just a ‘kissing book’. 😀

Rating: 3 of 5 star rating

I know what you’re thinking. 3 stars?? Why only 3?? And this is my reason: Had I not read all of the Georgia Nicholson books I bet you $1.50 that I would have loved, Loved, LOVED these books too! (I say $1.50 b/c I’ve been accused of exaggerating in the past and am trying to prove a point. It’s just no fun to use amounts of money you could actually afford to bet when trying to illustrate something in an emphatic manner. Fact.) But the fact remains that I did, and so Tallulah had to work harder to impress me.

Bottom line, this rating is not about the book as much as it is about me. 😉 It is still a super quick and quirky read and I totally recommend you read it. There is fun to be had in this one people!

How to get this book:

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I know you’ll be relieved to know, we also have some of the Georgia Nicholson books. And what we don’t have, if you want it, we can get it. Bring your library card to me, and I’ll get ‘er done. 🙂

And if this all sounds too wonderful and you can’t wait to get in here to borrow Withering Tights… here’s a wee short story from Louise’s website, starring both Georgia and Tallulah. Fun! Oh I love these books…

Have you ever noticed how there is very often a character in a book/movie/tv show that is in love with the main character… even though the main character only considers them a friend? One of my favourite examples of this is from a classic John Hughes movie: Pretty In Pink. There are probably a million more, but I think that everyone should know about Andie and Duckie.

Now whenever there is a relationship like this in a book I’m reading/movie or tv show I’m watching, my reaction is almost always to take the side of the friend and root for them. What can I say, I like the underdog. But what invariably ends up happening is heartbreak. For the friend and for me. :S And Pretty in Pink is no exception.

What happens after the heartbreak varies. Sometimes this ends the relationship and, if there is a dark side to join, the friend often throws their lot in with the baddies… providing valuable insider information about the main character’s weaknesses. Othertimes, like in Pretty In Pink, there is no dark side. But that shouldn’t be shocking… the movie is called Pretty In Pink, not Star Wars. 😉 So the friend is left to decide whether or not they want to resume their friendship status and give up hope that the main character will love them eventually if they just try hard enough. I’m not going to tell you what happens in Pretty In Pink in the end… you’ll just have to find a copy and find out for yourselves. It’s worth it. If only for the amazingly insane 80’s fashion. 🙂

Needless to say this is a secondary plotline in this week’s book. And I’m sure you’re wondering just what that book is, and why I have done such a huge lead-up. Well I do have a point. And I will get there… when I’m good and ready. 😉

But for now, I would like to introduce you to the book of the week:

book cover of "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Summary:

Out at an all ages club one night, Clary Fray witnesses something that changes her life forever. Clary impulsively follows a boy into a storage closet in the club in order to warn him that he was being followed, and instead watches him die. But if that wasn’t awful enough, the 3 kids who kill this boy aren’t quite human. They insist that the boy they killed wasn’t either. But is Clary supposed to believe that he was actually a demon?? From this point on Clary realizes that she can’t take anything she thought she knew to be true seriously or trust anyone she thought was on her side. Because nothing is true anymore and it seems like no one is on her side.

Review:

Because I want to be honest here, I’m going to have to say that my opinion of this book is counter to what most people have said they think/feel about it. It is a New York Times bestseller (the whole series is actually), and has been singled out by many YA organizations and bloggers as an excellent book… but I really didn’t like it. :S I found the plot slow and really unbelieveable. I know it’s fantasy, and I’m usually really good at suspending my disbelief … but this was just frustrating.

Even more frustrating was how little I liked the main character. Objectively I have no issues with Clary, but something about how she was written just didn’t click with me. Less than 1/4 of the way into the book she had completely lost me. I wasn’t invested in her story one bit. And, although it took me forever to figure out why, I have pinpointed my issue. Much like my love for Duckie’s character in Pretty in Pink inspired my ire towards Andie, my instant support of Clary’s best friend Simon completely destroyed any chance I had of connecting with her. And unlike in Shiver, Simon does not feature heavily in the novel… leaving me with little to enjoy. Also, I found Clary’s love interest (Jace) to be vapid and rude.

The thing that really irks me about how little I liked this book is that I really liked the idea! The thought that there is a world outside our own, that there are beings who are not human living among us… I find that all very fascinating and usually enjoy reading books with similar plots. So it was really lunchbag letdown reading this book. I was stoked that I had found another series to read… but it turns out I got excited too soon. 😦

Rating: 2 of 5 star rating

Like I said, this book didn’t do it for me. I really don’t like when I don’t like a book… but it is bound to happen right?? Please, if you found the other books in the series to be better, let me know. I might be convinced to give Clary and company another chance.

How to get this book:

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We also have books 2 & 3 in the series: City of Ashes and City of Glass.

They are also up on OverDrive in e-audiobook format. If you’re being forced to take a long road trip with the family this summer and get sick reading in the car, this could be the format for you! Just load up your mp3 player, and you’ve got hours of distraction at your fingertips. 😉