Sunday, April 15, 2012

REVIEW:A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison

It’s the hotly anticipated sequel to the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, WITHERING TIGHTS – laugh your tights off as Tallulah Casey and her bonkers mates return for a new term at Dother Hall performing arts college. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed!

Yaroooo! Tallulah’s triumphant Heathcliff in ‘Wuthering Heights’ the comedy musical was enough to secure her place at Dother Hall performing arts college  for another term. She can’t wait to see her pals again, Charlie and the boys from Woolfe Academy and maybe even bad boy Cain…

Could the bright lights of Broadway be calling? And for who? Find out in the next Misadventures of Tallulah Casey.

Although I wasn't the biggest fan of 'Withering Tights, it was hilarious, and I was eager to get back into the world of Tallulah and her tights, and of course the wonderful Dother Hall! And I am happy to report that I actually liked A Midsummer Tights Dream more than Withering Tights! I love the way Rennison has manged to weave the word Tights into the names of literary classics-very clever! I can't wait to see what she come up with next.

I found A Midsummer Tights Dream a lot less confusing than it's prequel. One of the things I disliked about Withering Tights was that I found it hard to keep up with the excessive amount of characters (who's names all sounded the same! ) But because I knew the characters better this time around and it therefore didn't affect my enjoyment as much. At the beginning though, I couldn't quite remember who was who, but I figured it out quickly enough. A warning, though; you can absolutely NOT read the book without having read Withering Tights - you won't have any idea what's going on! Practically nothing that happened in the last book is recapped!

My favourite character were Tallulah  and Honey. Tallulah was so mad! It's impossible not to like her :) The same with Honey. She is so sweet and lovely (like her name!) as well as being an expert on boys! I'll try not to give much away, but I missed her... I loved all of the girls, the 'Tree Sister's and they are also called!- except maybe Jo. All she wanted to do was talk about herself! But Vaisey was really nice, and Flossie made me laugh so many times!

Tallulah has a busy love life too - forget the old love triangle -  she had a love square! There was dark, mysterious Cain -or as Tallulah would say, a rusty heathen crow! I think he was my favourite! hen there was Alex, 'Dream Boy' who wasn't in the book much. And of course 'The Hugger' the lovely Charlie - I loved him too! There was a lot of boy action in this boy and I am looking forward to seeing how it all pans out in the next book(s).

However, I was a bit lost at times. Since nothing from the last book was explained, and due to the fact that I am pretty forgetful and couldn't remember much from it either,I was pretty confused! A few questions I have, that maybe some of you readers will be able to answer? - are: Was Tallulah from Ireland? What was going on with Dother Hall? Was it a year round school? And how come there was only, like, 20 students???

If I was to describe this book in one word it would be CRAZY! There was absolutely nothing anyway sensible! Everything was so random and out of the blue. I loved it!!!! It was utterly hilarious. I hard noticed myself flicking the pages. Rennisons writing flows so well, it's easy and fun to read, Maybe this is mad, but I'm going to compare Louise Rennison with J.K. Rowling. They are both geniuses, both able to come up with such fantastic characters, settings, and ideas, and original material. With the added bonus in this book that Louise is possibly the funniest author I've ever come across :D

The book was slightly less funny than Withering Tights, but I liked it  more. I understood more of what was happening and the relationships between various characters were explored and developed more, which I enjoyed reading about. Whatever Rennison produces next,I will definitely be reading it!

                                                          Rating: 4/5

Source: For Review - thanks to Harper Collins for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 336
Age group: 12+
Official Publication Date: 2nd February 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens Books

Challenges: British Books Challenge, ABC Reading Challenge

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  1. Awesome review!! This book looks fantastic! Great review!!

    Beth xx

  2. Great review! I really want to read this, the love square is intriguing me, haha! =]

  3. I wasn't the biggest fan of Withering Tights, definitely not as good as the Angus, Thongs and perfect Snogging books... But if you say this one's better, I might have to give it a go... Great review!

  4. Louise Rennison is hilarious, and the Georgia Nicholson series are fab. But I wasn't the biggest fan of Withering Tights either, so I'll have to try this out. Thanks for the gret review! :)

  5. Oh for me, there was only ONE love interest and it looks like that relationship will be explored more in the next book! I'm excited :)

  6. I'm such a huge fan of the Georgia Nicolson series. They're absolutely fabulous, so I had pretty high expectations for Withering Tights. Withering Tights did not let me down, although it didn't start off as good as I expected. I'm going to try not to compare this series to the Georgia Nicolson series, but it'll be a little hard.


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