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Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers Audio

Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers Audio

Louise Rennison
For ages 14 and up
Unabridged audiobook (CD)
Performed/read by: Louise Rennison
Recorded Books, 2005   ISBN: 978-1419355905

Georgia Nicolson is thrilled because her father “has for once in his entire life accidentally done something good.” The entire Nicolson clan (with crazy Uncle Eddie and minus the cats) are going to Hamber-a-gogo land for a holiday. For those of you who don’t know, Hamber-a-gogo land is the name Georgia and her chums have created for the America. Georgia is thrilled because her nearly boyfriend, Massimo the Luuurve God, is in America, and now she will be able to meet him there. She doesn’t even mind that her father and Uncle Eddie have agreed to this trip because they want to go to a clown-car convention in Memphis.

With her usual exuberance, Georgia starts planning for her trip. She packs multiple suitcases, and she manages to convince her parents that they should invite Jas, Georgia’s best friend, to come along. She is so full of excitement that she never for once considers that it might, perhaps, be a little difficult to find Massimo in America. Even when she is finds out that he is in a place called Manhattan, Georgia is sure that she and Jas will be able to jump on a bus to get to where he is.

It is only when they get to Memphis, that it begins to dawn on Georgia that America is rather a large place. She tries calling people with Massimo’s last name in New York, and finds out there are dozens of people with that last name. Thankfully, Georgia finds America so interesting and wonderful that she is not too heart broken about not being able to have an “overseas snogfest” with Massimo. Georgia thoroughly enjoys her visit to Memphis, even though her father and Uncle Eddie are their usual embarrassing selves. The Americans are so very friendly and they make Georgia, Jas, and her family feel very welcome.

In this sixth installment of the Georgia Nicolson’s confessions, Georgia once again manages to be her usual hilarious self. Listeners will find it hard not to howl with laughter as they listen to her misadventures, her misconceptions, and her extraordinary ignorosity about the world in general. Despite all her shortcomings, Georgia is very loveable, and we cannot help hoping that she will, in the end, find what she is looking for.

In her narrative the author does a superb job of giving her delightful character a distinctive voice, and listeners will find it hard to turn off their CD player once they start listening to this comical chapter in the life of an English teenager.