Sep 24, 2012
Publication Date: June 28, 2011
Bestselling author Rennison (“The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson”) returns with a brand-new series. Readers meet Tallulah as she embarks on a program at a quirky performing arts boarding school in the far north of England, where she meets a new cast of characters and hilarity is bound to ensue.
All right, all right, I’ll admit it: I was a little skeptical going into WITHERING TIGHTS. Not because I was expecting anything bad, but because I love the Georgia Nicolson series (ANGUS, THONGS, AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING) SO MUCH that I didn’t think anything else by the author could possibly live up to it.
I was wrong.
So, so wrong.
WITHERING TIGHTS was phenomenal. In fact, at points I was thinking that I might like it better than the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. (In the end, I took that back because I’m one of those people who always has to like the original thing better purely because it was there first.) But the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey was awesome and perfect and definitely at least tied with Georgia Nicolson.
I’ll get the obvious part out of the way first: Louise Rennison is hilarious. I love her trademark absurd and out there humour. I love the quirks and flaws she gives to her characters and how she draws on these for humour.
But the thing I love most about WITHERING TIGHTS and, in fact, all Rennison’s books, are the relationships between the characters. Tallulah and her friends are definition awesome. Not only are they hilarious individually, but their interactions and the way they play off each other is amazing. In WITHERING TIGHTS, Tallulah is off to a performing arts school. There, she meets her new friends, and that initial interaction when all the characters are meeting each other for the first time is one of the most hysterical things I’ve read in a long, long time.
And the best BEST thing about Tallulah and her friends is the fact that they are drama-free. I really, really like that in a contemporary YA book. Yes, often girls and friendships between girls are full of drama. But often, they’re not. So I really appreciate that Rennison’s books show that other drama-free side.
Of course, Tallulah and her friends aren’t the only great characters. I literally cannot think of a single character I didn’t like, even down to the characters who only pop up once or twice. Even Cain, the requisite good-for-nothing bad-boy who can’t say a good word to anyone if his life depended on it. I don’t think a character like him would be nearly as endearing as he is if it wasn’t for Rennison’s trademark absurd humour (not to mention the fact that Tallulah is a smart, smart girl who doesn’t fall for Cain simply because he’s the good-looking bad-boy).
As for the plot, WITHERING TIGHTS follows in the style of the Georgia Nicolson series. Yes, there is a plot–Tallulah’s just trying to pass performing arts school, which is not exactly easy when all her teachers are insane. But the fun of the book comes from the hilarious scenes and watching these characters being thrown into ridiculous situations, not necessarily from the plot itself.
All in all, this is a must read. If English humour and absurd situations are your thing . . . then why haven’t you read this yet?! And if you loved the Georgia Nicolson series, then you’ll love this one too.
Fabulous Read, Highly Recommended
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**