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Startled by His Furry ShortsReview - Startled by His Furry Shorts
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
by Louise Rennison
HarperTempest, 2006
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Jul 11th 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 28)

Startled by His Furry Shorts is the seventh in the Georgia Nicoloson series, and it is very much as the same vein as the previous six books.† Georgia, who is still about 15 or 16, is hoping that the Italian love god Masimo, who now plays in the band the Stiff Dylans, will agree to be her boyfriend.† She also is still tempted by her friend Dave the Laugh, who is expert at lip nibbling, but every time they get close, he backs away.† So Georgia spends most of her time single and pining away, while her friends have boyfriends.† She even spends some time in her back yard sitting up a tree looking down on life, because she is so unhappy, even "on the brink of madnosity."† Fortunately, her friends stand by her side, and she is able to keep her sense of humor through all her trials and tribulations.†

All the familiar ingredients are here: Georgia's eccentric parents, her baby sister, her vicious cat Angus, her tempestuous relationship with her best friend Jas, and the group of friends who call themselves the ace gang and do Viking dances.† If you liked the previous books in the series and you can stand repetition, then this latest episode, which covers about a month in Georgia's life, will be just as satisfying.† The main virtue of Rennison's writing is how she gives Georgia such wonderful use of language.† She has her own names for virtually everything, and she is creative in her imagery.† She says she doesn't give "two short flying pig's bums" about who or what one of her ex-boyfriends went out with.† She is irreverent about all her teachers and most boys.† The book would be better if there was more character development from one book to the next: as an adolescent, Georgia should be going through plenty of psychological growth.† However, Georgia's diary is a fun read, and the glossary at the end of the book for American readers is bigger and better than ever.

 

Previous reviews of books in the Georgia Nicolson series

        Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers

        Away Laughing on a Fast Camel

        Dancing in My Nuddypants

        Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas

        On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God

        Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

© 2006 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

 

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology Online Reviews.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.


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