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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Twins on Thursday: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

"The Twins on Thursday" is reserved for the Twins' joint reviews. It is a special feature of our blog that discusses books that we either both like, dislike, or have mixed feelings about. This is also the day where we post reviews for books (and ARCs/Galleys) that have been sent to us by authors/galley sites/publishing houses. And because we don't believe much in uniformity, we'll be trying to mix things up a bit by adding random stuff in relation to our review (well, mostly for books we purchased anyway).

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions, #2)
Title: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend
Author: Louise Rozett
Format Acquired: eARC
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Publishing House: Harlequin
ISBN: 9780373210657
Source of Copy: Requested from publisher via NetGalley


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 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.


(Please note that this is the second book in the series. A review for the first book - Confessions of an Angry Girl - can be found HERE.)

With everyone moving onward with their lives, Rose can't help but feel that she's getting left behind. While her friends are growing into their own skins, she is saddled with her issues with her mom concerning her dead father, her now-absent brother who is too wasted with his new girlfriend to actually care about things, and Jamie Forta is sending her mixed signals alongside a startling discovery about Regina, his ex, and her family. But Rose has had enough of all the drama, and in Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend, Rose may finally discover the outlet she can channel all her feelings into.

We read a lot of books, so we think it's only natural that we forget some characters. But with Rozett's re-introduction of the characters, it was unlikely that we wouldn't recall her dynamic cast of characters. If Rose was awesome in the first book, she's definitely more so in this one, because Rose is back and she's definitely angrier than ever. And inasmuch as we liked regular Rose, we think that fans will definitely dig the few scenes that Rose 2.0 has. Her relationships with everyone around her are more turbulent this time around, and even when everything felt so screwed up, everything just felt so perfectly timed to contribute to Rose's growth. Her character maturation was just so well done - subtle and gradual, then all at once like a speeding bullet train headed straight towards you.

In this sequel, Rozett has transcended the issues that book one dealt with, and sat us down with issues that are current and more relatable for the teenagers of today. Rose's insecurities mirror what problems most teenage girls go through, and we can't help but applaud the very honest voice Rozett has used that managed to singlehandedly captivate us. Rose's transformation from a lonely girl cast adrift by her own devices into this rocking one-man show was a big hit with us, and we especially loved how she found herself. Sometimes we let all our friends and choices make all the talking for us that we become lazy with defining ourselves, so when relationships are severed, we become clingy with what we have left. Rose has demonstrated that you do need to get yourself together before anything else.

Rozett is also very clever with her word play. There were instances where the sentences served double meanings, and we couldn't help but be delighted with the little details like those.

Fans of the first book, Confessions of an Angry Girl, will definitely not be disappointed with the sequel. Heck, we even love this one more than the first!


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