Confessions of an Angry Girl
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge, Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars
Freshman Rose Zarelli has rage issues.
First of all, her father lost his job, took work as a contractor in Iraq…and never came home.
Second, she likes the wrong guy and his super-intense, scary cheerleader girlfriend is now her nemesis.
Third, her fashionista best friend, Tracy, is suddenly infinitely cooler than she is—and talking about losing her virginity. (What?!)
Rose is ahead when it comes to studying for the PSAT, but she’s so far behind socially that she might as well be moving backward. She needs Tracy’s help choosing the right clothes, she likes all the wrong extracurricular activities, and she can’t even make a decision about which photo of her father to put on the memorial website she’s making (and hiding from her adolescent-shrink mother).
With her brother away at college and her mother always locked in her office with her messed-up teen patients, Rose struggles to get through each day without inflicting bodily harm on anyone.
Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett was a pretty decent debut! I enjoyed it and while I didn’t completely love it, it still was a pretty darn good read.
I loved the emotional level of Confessions of an Angry Girl – there is just so much going on. I don’t know how Rose was holding up! I enjoyed reading her story and seeing how things would pan out. Confessions of an Angry Girl got a bit to up and down for me at times. It was very fight get back together fight get back together to the point it got a bit redundant by the last 1/3 of the book.
I loved that Rose was such a relatable character. She was the character when I think about high school I can relate to in some ways, and I think that would be true for most people. I just loved Angelo – he cracked me up every time he showed up.
After the way this one ended, I will definitely want to check out Louise Rozett’s sophomore novel, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend. It sounds so cute! I cannot wait to see more of Rose’s story.
… Confessions of an Angry Girl is Louise Rozett’s Debut Novel.
Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She is making her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen, due out on 8/28/12. She lives with her cool boyfriend Alex and awesome dog Lester in one of the world’s greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn. Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.
Now for Louise’s guest post “Hearing Voices”
I used to be an actor, and one of my favorite parts about the acting process was creating the character. Whenever I was working on a role, I would fill an entire notebook with backstory: what the character loved to do as a child, whether people were nice to her or mean to her in school, what her relationship was like with her mother versus her father, what foods she hated and why, and on and on. I’d go to a coffee shop or a park and I’d study people, observing their mannerisms, and stealing the ones that I liked for my character.
As I found aspects of the character in the people I was observing, the character would gradually take shape. And eventually, I’d have an amazing “click” moment—a moment when the character was no longer just a collection of quirks and ideas on paper, but a seemingly real person who just happened to exist inside me. There was nothing more rewarding than that—it meant that I had done an important part of my job, and done it well.
When I began writing fiction seriously, I expected that I would follow the same process for the characters I wanted to write about. I imagined myself writing out their detailed backstories, possibly with giant personality charts taking up all my wall space. But it didn’t happen that way at all. When I sat down to write the backstory, the story itself started to come. The characters just began talking to me— in mid-sentence sometimes—telling me who they were bit by bit, and explaining what was happening to them and how they felt about it. At first, I was pretty confused, and convinced that I was going about this writing thing all wrong. How could I write anything from the point of view of someone I didn’t actually know yet?
Well, it turns out that the very act of taking dictation for the voices in my head is in itself a way to discover who is behind them. So in a sense, I am writing the backstory as I write the story-story (for lack of a better way to say it). I began to wonder if all writers wrote this way. But after a few informal and unscientific polls, I’ve learned that that’s not the case at all—not all writers hear voices in their heads. And quite frankly, some of the writers who don’t hear voices were a little freaked out to find out that I do! But I think the reason I do is because of my time as an actor, when my job was to see a story through the lens of one character—through her point of view, with all her biases and personal experiences.
Now, of course, as a writer, I’ve got to be able to shift my allegiance from one point of view to another to another, in order to properly and fairly represent all of the characters that are talking to me. All I can say is, I’m grateful that I was an actor before I was a writer. Otherwise, I might not have known how to carefully listen to and honor all those incredible voices in my head.
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