Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Stop in the Name of Pants!

Stop in the Name of Pants!

Louise Rennison
Fiction  Series
For ages 14 and up
HarperCollins, 2008   ISBN: 978-0061459320

Stop in the name of pants!

Louise Rennison
Fiction
For ages 14 and up
HarperCollins, 2008, 978-0-06-145932-0

For some reason nothing comes easy for Georgia Nicolson. While other girls have one steady boyfriend who can be relied upon (sort of), Georgia struggles to cope because her supposed boyfriend, Masimo the Italian stallion, is in Italy. How can you have a proper relationship thingy with a guy who is miles and miles away. To make matters worse, Georgia cannot seem to help having accidental snogging sessions with Dave the Laugh. One minute they are being ordinary “mates” and the next…well they are snogging their heads off.

Eager to spend time with Masimo, Georgia tries to get her parents to give her the money so that she can go to Rome to be with him. She is appalled when they refuse to be reasonable. In fact, instead of being the loving parents they should be, Georgia’s parents have a huge fight about underwear (of all things). Now she is not only Masimo deprived, but she also has to worry about what is going to happen to her family.

It has to be said that things are not going well for Georgia this summer, and then everything gets infinitely worse. Angus, Georgia’s wild cat who likes to ride on the backs of poodles, and who thinks that cars are mice on wheels, gets hit by a car and he is horribly injured. Suddenly all the other stuff really does not seem to matter. All that matters is saving Angus.

In this ninth Georgia Nicolson book, Georgia once again stumbles around “like a loon” trying to negotiate the teenage world that she lives in. She has a gorgeous boyfriend, but he really has nothing in common with Georgia, which is something she is just beginning to comprehend. Readers will laugh out loud as they follow Georgia’s ridiculous adventures and misadventures, and they will find themselves hoping that one day Georgia will, finally, get a clue!

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