Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
First edition cover
|Series||Confessions of Georgia Nicolson|
|Genre||Young adult humour, epistolary novel|
|24 June 1999|
|Followed by||It's OK, I'm Wearing Really Big Knickers|
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (1999) is a young adult novel by Louise Rennison. The book is the first of ten books in the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. The book was made into a film, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, released in the UK and the US in July 2008.
Georgia, a teenager, lives with her mother, father, 3-year-old sister Libby, and her wild cat, Angus, whom the family found on a holiday to Scotland. Georgia bumps into the popular and attractive Robbie (the "Sex-God"), while helping her best friend, Jas, subtly stalk his brother at the grocery store where he works. The problem is that he's older and has a girlfriend, (Wet/Slaggy) Lindsay, an older girl who secretly wears a thong and bra padding while making Georgia and her friends' lives miserable. Robbie dumps Lindsay when he realizes how mean she is, but tells Georgia that he won't date her because she is too young for him. Desperate to prove him wrong, Georgia tries to bleach a strip of her hair blonde, but it comes off in her hand. On the bright side, Robbie is attracted to her eccentricity and they snog. However, Georgia's mum comes in at the very end and announces that they have tickets to go to New Zealand for the summer, putting a damper on Georgia's new summer romance.
The book is #35 on the American Library Association's list of frequently challenged or banned books from 2000-2009. Georgia's frequently disrespectful attitude towards her parents and other authority figures have attributed to the challenges, as well as sexual content, profanity, age inappropriateness and the references to homosexuality. In 2009, the book was challenged at the Maplewood Middle School Library in Wisconsin, leading the school to require parental consent before allowing students to have access to it.
It won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and was voted #127 in the BBC's Big Read poll to find the UK's favourite book. It was also named a Printz Honor book in 2001.