Sunday, February 13, 2011

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

The misadventures of Tallulah Casey…
Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen – laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed!

Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type.
On the whole, it’s not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting… but once her mates turn up and they start their ‘FAME! I’m gonna liiiiive foreeeeeever, I’m gonna fill my tiiiiights’ summer course things are bound to perk up.
Especially when the boys arrive. (When DO the boys arrive?)
Six weeks of parent-free freedom.
BOY freedom.
Freedom of expression…
cos it’s the THEATRE dahling, theatre!!

I've heard great things about Louise Rennison and I've seen the movie that was based on one of her books (which I LOVED!) but I've never actually read any of her books. I know, I must be the only girl in the universe who hasn't!

My first impressions were 'Wow, this will be fantastic, it's hilarious and has great characters!' And then it all went downhill.....

I thought the book got very hard to follow towards the end, as there was so many things going on, and loads of supporting characters I just couldn't keep track of! I didn't understand what was going on with Cain and the Hinchcliff brother and the school plays and...gaaah!

Despite everything else, the characters were brilliant! Tallullah was SO FUNNY and actually had me in a laughing fit at one point, which is not an easy feat for a book! I loved her friends too. My favourites were short Jo and I think, Texan, Flossy!

This book gets 3/5. I thought it was O-K but nothing compared to the hype I've seen surrounding Louise's other books. I do want to read the Georgia Nicholson diaries though, because Louise is obviously a brilliantly hilarious author. Not just any book(s) is made into a (fabulous) movie!

Age Group: 11+
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublisher
Official Publication Date: 08 July 2010

Review done as part of the British Books Challenge, hosted by The Bookette.


  1. I love your reviews, they are so honest and pick out the good things and the bad things. I have read all the Georgia Nicholson Diaries and your right - Louise's writing is HILARIOUS!

  2. I haven't even heard about this book!! (is it British or something?) A book that actually makes you laugh is rare though, and that makes me want to read it even though it all goes downhill!!

  3. I've read all of Louise's books and have loved every one of them, but Withering Tights isn't really as good as the Georgia Nicholson Diaries. You should read them too. :D Vaisy was my favourite character, she reminded me of my friend Emily, lol. :P

  4. It's really interesting to read your review, and I loved everything you said. I enjoyed this book a lot - it made me giggle!

  5. I loved her other Georgie Nicholson Diaries: they had me laughing so hard I cried. I think I'll give this one a go...
    Brilliant review!


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