The title of the book I am doing a report on is ‘Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants’ written by Louise Rennison. This is the last book in a series of 4. It comes under the genre of teenage love and friendship. It is written in a diary style throughout and therefore is in the 1st person. The novel is about a girl named Georgia and her life. She writes regular entries into her diary, about her friends, her boyfriend, and her daily life. The story opens on diary entry of Sunday November 21st. She is looking out of her window, and she talks about a sparrow that has fallen off its perch.
I think the way in which the story opened was effective, it opened quite randomly, and the first few lines made me laugh. This made me want to carry on reading it, so it was a good technique to make those first few lines humorous. The story then develops with her writing in her diary about events that have recently taken place. There is comedy throughout which makes it enjoyable and made me want to carry on reading. My favourite part of the book was the ending. Not because it was the end of the book, but because of the way it was done.
She is writing in her diary that she has just looked outside and sees her parents return from their night out. She is happy to see they are holding each other up, as they left for their night out in a bad mood with each other. Seeing them holding each other up, a...
lthough it means they are drunk, also means they are being nice enough to actually care about each other. She is relieved as it means she won’t be the one who is in between them anymore, having to tell each of her parents things from the other, instead of them talking to each other directly.
She looks closer though and is disgusted to see that they are actually kissing. She thinks this is horrible to see her own parents kissing. She says ‘This is so sad. And disgusting. ‘ The book finishes with her saying. ‘The official and proper end. Probably’. So it makes you wonder if there will or won’t be another sequel. As she says it’s the end, but then says probably, so it might not be. I think this was quite cleverly done. Georgia Nicolson is the main character, the one making the diary entries. She is a teenager, 15 years old. She has a boyfriend called Robbie but she calls him ‘Sex God’ when she talks about him.
Georgia is a girl full of humour, and she tends to say funny things a lot. Her best friends are called Jas, Rosie, Ellen and Jools. Georgia doesn’t always get on with her parents as she thinks they don’t let her do enough of what she should get to do as a teenager. However when her parents let her go and see her boyfriend play at his bands gigs and when he is out and wants to meet up with her she is allowed to,
she seems to get on a lot better with her parents. She has a pet cat who is a cross between a wild and a pet cat. He is called Angus. Her next door neighbours have a pedigree cat called Naomi.
They don’t want Naomi getting pregnant with Angus, as he is not a pedigree animal. When they find out Naomi is pregnant they go round to Georgias’ and give her parents a hard time about it. Georgia’s parents explain though that Angus has been neutered and therefore he can’t possibly be the father of Naomi’s kittens. They finally give in and accept this is the case. Then Naomi gives birth and they can see that the kittens look identical to Angus the wild/pet cat. This part of the story made me laugh as the neighbours, Naomi’s owners, went quite mad at Georgia’s family.
They realise that Angus must have got Naomi pregnant before he was neutered. The theme of the story is love, friendship, family, conflicts and general teenage life. The theme was carried out throughout the book, as she was writing daily diary entries, which included information about her feelings towards her family, feelings towards boyfriends, and the events of her daily life. In one part of the story she is talking to her mum about her dad joining the local football team. He seems to think he is in tip top shape just like David Beckham.
Georgia writes ‘then he strode off like he thought he was David Beckham. Which I think he does. I said to mum “Vati is very very like David Beckham, isn’t he? Apart from being porky, heavily bearded and crap at football. ” This shows her typical teenage side, she feels embarrassed by her dad. Overall I found the book amusing to read, and if another sequel is published I will definitely read it. I think Louise Rennison is a very talented writer and by making her books comical they are fun to read. When I read it I didn’t want to put the book down, as I always wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
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