Short & Sweet Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend

July 24, 2013 book review 6

So before I get into the review, you’re all probably wondering what on earth is a “Short & Sweet Review.” Well, it’s a new feature here on The Bookish Daydreamer that I literally came up with last night.

Ever read a book and then just can’t come up with the right words to say in the review? Have you ever sat at your computer pondering for hours, days, or even weeks about your review and how to organize your thoughts? Well, this finally happened to me. I finished reading CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND about 2 weeks ago and still have not been able to formulate my thoughts into a coherent and understandable review. I hate that I’ve been putting this off but I literally just can’t write the review that the book deserves, for whatever reason. I’ll go ahead and spoil the fun now: this book is 4 stars for me! It was quite good and I enjoyed reading it! So obviously, I haven’t been able to write a review because it was terrible, it definitely wasn’t!

So anyway, the idea for a “Short & Sweet” review was born! This is the perfect type of review when all the above happens. As you know, my reviews tend to be wordy; here I can get all of my thoughts out quickly, without having to obsess over making my review in depth. I get straight to the point, no sugar coating and can easily tell you what worked for me and what didn’t. Short and sweet. Yay bullet points!

This sort of feature will be tweaked by the next time I do one. This is my first one so it is still kinda long. Oh well!

Without further ado, I present:

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Confessions #2
Pages: 288

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

  • I had no idea this was the second book in a series. Whoops! But, Rozett wrote the beginning of the book perfectly for those of us who didn’t read CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL. She clues you in on who everyone is and exactly what went on between said person and Rose the past school year. I love the way it was done because it was, thankfully, not an info-dumping and I could jump right into the story. Really, this book would work fantastically as a stand-alone.
  • I enjoyed Rose as a main character. She had some flaws but she reminded me of my sister during her sophomore year: so done with freshman year, ready to move on, and reinvent herself.
  • Jamie Forta was SO freaking wishy-washy. One minute he acts like he likes Rose, the next he is all “too cool” and conflicted to be around her. I wanted to scream at him to make up his mind. I don’t see how Rose could put up with all the mixed signals. I give her props for not giving up! 
  • While I thought Rose’s transformation into a singer was kind of abrupt, I admired her for wanting to do something different and truly go for her dreams. Rozett reminds the reader of an important lesson: you never know how something is going to end up unless you try. Rose, while terrified, found some courage, went after her new-found dream, and found that with hard work, patience, and a full heart, you can get what you want. You can instantly see how happy and comfortable with herself Rose truly becomes.
  • This quote made me laugh: “Regina answers with the enthusiasm of someone talking about cat litter.”
  • The ending was a nice, semi-happy ending but we’re left with some unsettled issues that will hopefully get resolved in the next book. But this just proves that nothing in life ever ends up they way we think it should.

More of a character story with really no real major twists, turns, or climaxes, CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND is the perfect book to pick up when you want to dive into someone else’s life during a pivotal point in their teenage years. Frustrating loves, dysfunctional families, teetering friendships, self-discovery, and balancing everything in between, Rozett does a great job of portraying a typical spunky teenage girl just trying to survive!

    I received an ebook ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    4 thought clouds!

    Have you read CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL? Should I go read that one now that I’ve completely messed up the order? Haha 🙂

    Christine

    6 Responses to “Short & Sweet Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend”

      • Christine P

        Did you like the first one? I’ve heard some people were really frustrated with Jamie in the first book. If you were, you’ll definitely be frustrated by him in this one! Based off what I’ve heard about him before, I can say he didn’t change much at all in this one. I don’t know if I’ll necessarily read the 3rd book (if one is coming out) but it was quite the good read!

    1. Ratri Anugrah

      This review is truly helping 🙂 i tried to find the first book yesterday, but i couldn’t find it. I bought the #2 book and haven’t read it cause i’m afraid i must read the first one.

      • Christine P

        I’m so glad I could help!! I definitely suggest going ahead and reading this one 🙂 You won’t be lost, trust me! The first couple of pages does include a lot of names but Rozett does eventually go into details about them. You’ll have no problem diving right on into the story! Let me know what you think about it!

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