July 29, 2013

REVIEW: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett (Confessions #2)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Source: Netgalley* via publisher
Rating: 5/5 stars
Get it: Amazon / B&N
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.

My Review
Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett was even better than the first book, perhaps more brilliantly written, more profound, and definitely with more heart. I was thoroughly impressed by this second installment and Rozett did not disappoint me one bit. She totally surpassed my expectations and gave me something not short of extraordinary. 

Rose Zarelli is really Rose 2.0!

  • She’s back and she’s sassy and awkward and awesome as ever! I missed Rose’s snark so freaking much. I loved that she was still that same character I loved in Angry Girl, but also different and evolved in different ways. I love that Rose is just an average teen trying to get through high school, trying to fit in and deal. Even when she can say the most awkward or inappropriate things or even when she was thinking about punching someone in the face, Rose has a huge heart. I thought she really stepped up in this book. She knew what was right and wrong and when things got a little too far. She definitely learned a lot this time around, about herself, her family, and the other people around her. Rose especially learned to do what she thought was right despite painful consequences that may happen. What’s even better is that Rose found something for herself in her singing and even in her new style. 

Jamie, Jamie Jamie, oh how I heart you.

  • I’ve always loved Jamie and I loved him even more in this second installment although he did frustrate the heck out of me. I loved how he really could see the good in the Rose and supported her through everything. He was such a great guy who had a big heart despite an ugly past and his rough exterior. He was loyal to the core and I admire him so much because of that. Sometimes he drove me crazy, but I understood where he was coming from even when it made me angry in the end. He and Rose are way too adorable. I think they’re both good for each other. 

Louise Rozett steps it up a notch with Rose, her writing and the overall plot line.
  • What Rozett did with Rose this time around was just spectacular because she totally gives her an even stronger and truer voice. She brought Rose to life through her genuine actions and reactions and everything she thinks and says. Rozett allowed Rose to mature while still keeping the youth, innocence and naivety that I originally adored. Rozett just makes Rose real. I’m not one for too much drama, but I actually loved the high school drama in Almost-Girlfriend. Rozett made this book a little big darker and a little bit deeper. She totally extracts sympathy for characters you thought would never deserve such things. I especially love that Rozett totally highlighted really important issues that we all deal with in today’s society, such as bullying, abuse, tolerance, discrimination and hate crimes. 

Overall, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend was a wonderful installment to the Confessions series. This YA novel is authentic in voice, writing, and style and will relate to all across the board. Rozett didn’t just do it better, she made it better.

*Thanks to Harlequin Teen for sending a copy for review purposes
I was not compensated for my opinion

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