June 26, 2013

Welcome to our stop on the Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Title: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

Series: Confessions, Book 2

Author: Louise Rozett / @LouiseRozett

Published: June 25, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin TEEN

Pages: 288

Source: NetGalley/author for blog tour

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.34

Christina loved Book 1 (Confessions of an Angry Girl), find her review of it HERE. 

  • Christina thought this title was just as refreshingly real as its predecessor. It goes on her second shelf!

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**Special Note:** An eARC of this title was provided by the author/publisher via Net Galley for review purposes during the blog tour. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition. 

The Lowdown: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend picks up at the last bit of the summer break after the end of the school year we left off on in book one, Confessions of an Angry Girl. This upcoming school year will be see Rose as a sophomore and she vows to do a lot of things differently than she did entering her first year of high school. Her agenda is simple: don’t make any of the mistakes that got her targeted last year. One,  she’s has to reinvent herself, and auditioning for theater so she’ll be known for her signing voice is high on her priority list. Two, after not having heard from Jamie Forta all summer, she has to keep her distance from him and all the drama that comes with him… traitorous heart (and wanting lips) be damned. Lastly, and probably most importantly, minding her own business means letting other people fight their own battles… and not being labeled “911 bitch” for snitching on her fellow classmates.

But then issues arise at the last summer party before school starts, her “unusual” voice makes her rethink her “thing,” and with Jamie Forta apologizing to her at 1AM with his lips so close to hers, Rose realizes her goal list for this year is going to be a lot harder to accomplish than she ever thought it would be.

My Thoughts: There’s something in the way that Rozett writes that makes you feel like you’re witnessing an honest-to-goodness high school experience. From the situations that she places her characters in, to the dialogue that they use, down to the very personas that her characters take on, it all reads as very authentic and appropriate for the targeted age range. Often times, I feel like authors try to play heavily on drama and embellish the dialogue with tons of slang to seem more “relevant” or “with the times,” but often times it comes off as forced and clichéd. Rozett does neither, and I think it makes her novel and character plights all the more believable.

As for characterizations, my feelings about our female MC, Rose, remains similar to how I felt about her in book one. I still love her. She’s still the girl that walks to the beat of her own drum, and though she’d like to navigate through her high school years with as much ease and finesse as possible, she’s not above taking the road less traveled to get there. Popularity isn’t important to her, but remaining true to herself and loyal to those she cares about will always take precedence over the easy way out… even if that makes her the snitch or public enemy number one. All that being said, Rose isn’t without her flaws. She’s snarky, stubborn, a little naïve, opinionated, awkward in love and lust, and hopelessly foolish at times even when she knows the right choice. But, that just makes me love her character all the more; she feels real and like a girl that I can truly support.

Verdict: I need more one-on-one time with Jamie Forta. Stat. And not with him being angry or moody or shut-off.

No, but seriously, if you’re looking for a heartfelt and realistic coming of age story, this series is the one for you. It has been such a pleasure to watch Rose grow into herself, all while dealing with the hard and fast blows that life tosses at even the youngest of people. The way she handles her challenges makes me want to rally behind her because this chick deserves a cheerleader.

As for Ms. Rozett and Harlequin TEEN, I just need you to tell me one thing after that ending. When is book three coming out? With a strong emotional story-line that pulls you in and tears you apart, there’s no doubt you’ll find a piece of yourself– whether current or from years long passed– in this book, either in the heart of a character or the raw, honest delivery of this story’s plot.

One lucky winner will get a signed copy of ANGRY GIRL, a signed copy of ALMOSTGIRLFRIEND, and a $25 iTunes gift card! (US only)

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Author Bio: 

Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world’s greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn…and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!)

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  • A very special thank you to YA Bound Book Tours, Louise Rozett, Harlequin TEEN, and Net Galley for allowing us to take place in this blog tour and providing our eARC.

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