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Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Confessions #2
Young Adult
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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.
*Digital galley provided by Harlequin Teen for the blog tour and an honest review*
*Warning: review contains spoilers from the previous novel CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL, please proceed reading at your own risk. Thank you and enjoy the review!*

I love the voice of Rose. Always have since her debut in the first novel, Confessions of an Angry Girl. I just find it so dramatically hilarious at the hell of high school that this girl has to go through, and do mind that she also has family trouble going on at home. Between her father's death, homecoming 911 calls, running to the principal, cutie Jamie Forta being arrested, freshman year is anything but a fresh start. And sophomore year can barely even be considered smooth. Rose Zarelli takes the ice cream cake (you know, with the chocolate and the vanilla with those orgasmic chocolate crunchies in the middle) for my favorite snarktastic female character in contemporary Young Adult.

And here I thought that I have had enough drama in my life, Rose really does take first place. Then again high school is it's own bat shit crazy basket case compared to college. But then again I was still in the midst of people who were still wallowing away in their high school years rather than moving on to bigger and better things. Can't waste your time on the people living in the past, I guess -- rule of thumb. Anyway, Rose's year is definitely chalked up with more Deladdo encounters, with a new sibling introduced, more principal office visits, and more complication with Jamie Forta. It's tough, but that's what therapy is there for, right Rose? (It's all her mom's idea anyway.)

When Holly, the new girl from LA and the one Robert has his eye on, mentions Anything Goes I almost lost my kindle in all of my excitement. Anything Goes was my first ever high school musical where I playing in the Pit Orchestra. Not to mention that every now and again I find myself either singing verses from It's Delovely and the title song, Anything Goes. If you have never seen the musical, I recommend it and even though it is old humor it has a great song selection that makes you want to sing along and the tap dancing isn't half-bad either.

Where complicated relationships are concerned, Rose and Jamie claim the title. You would think that these two would catch a break after the last book, but do not count your lucky stars just yet reader! Because dark secrets are revealed, and Jamie gets a little more darker and mysterious than he was in the first novel. There is no denying that the boy has a past. His ex-girlfriend still has a part of his life that he cannot let go. And Rose is caught between a rock and a hard place. But the one thing that I found very mature about Rose while everyone else was telling her to go up (mainly Peter, her brother) was that she is beginning to understand that though others find her actions to be wrong, it matters if she feels like she had done the right thing. She is beginning to understand that if she can live with the decisions she has made, than she can be at peace with herself. Whether it means losing the people special to her. It's their loss. Some people can say that it's a selfish way of thinking, I find it to be a coming-of-age prospective. Not to mention that Rose is getting a lot of issues under her belt in her high school years. Many more than I have ever dealt with and I'm in college!

The novel even has merit by tackling strong issues like homosexuality and abuse in high school teens. Watching Rose struggle to do the right thing during each situation even when she has to flounder by revealing names after she promised to keep a low-key profile after the events that had happened in book 1, she tries her hardest to do the right thing even when she knows the aftermath that will rain down on her. It's a round-about situation, where one person gets hurt another person is left to suffer. Rose's reputation is caused to sink after her trying to submit to the right decision. And sometime the decision can get other's involved is worse ways. Sometimes it's detrimental more than protective. The outcome can be unknown. And Rose understood that formula of cause and effect. High school is difficult, children are mean. Louise Rozett gives two sides: the one where adults intervene and the one where students take matters into their own hands. Both have consequences, but some are more detrimental to the person who is trying to make things right. 

Final Summation: With a unique voice, witty and snarky humor, and those hilarious SAT words at the beginning of every chapter, CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND kept me entertained until the very end. Louise Rozett definitely has a knack for creating angry teenage girls with high sarcasm ratings because Rose Zarelli is one of my all-time favorite female characters. A fun and drama filled read that makes time fly.

First Line: homophobic (noun): scared of homosexuality (see also: the Swim Thugs, and half of Union High)
Story: S
Cover: A

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