Book Review: Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
Rennison, Louise. Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas.
Georgia Nicholson is at it again in this, her third volume, latest confessional novel. She’s trying to show the Sex God just how mature she is, and also deal with Dave The Laugh who knows that she was just using him as a red herring. Her Vati is still insane as usual. What’s a girl to do?
From School Library Journal
Louise Rennison’s third title in the diaries of Georgia Nicholson (HarperCollins, 2002) reveal the innermost thoughts of a 14-year-old girl. Akin to the Bridget Jones titles for adults and the Adrian Mole set dealing with a teenage boy, this audio version is even more British than the print edition thanks to an expressive oral interpretation by actress Stina Nielsen. Complete with plummy vowels, very British slang (for which a glossary, quite funny in its own right, is provided), and an energetic delivery, listeners are given an amusing, if sometimes bewildering look into the dizzying inner life of a very boy-crazy girl. By turns ingenuous and jaded, catty and sweet, oversexed and childlike, Nielsen delivers a Georgia who is always funny while trying to sort out the absolute maelstrom of emotions she’s confronting. The appeal of this book is likely to be limited to young teenage girls who can get past or even enjoy the Brit-speak and who are familiar with the previous two titles and are eagerly awaiting this installment. Listeners new to the books may find hearing the slang rather than seeing it just that much harder to deal with. Those responsible for building collections aimed at students younger than high school age would want to be forewarned about the sexual references, even though they are delivered very humorously and obscured somewhat by terms like “trouser snake” and “red-bottomosity.”-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY
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– Source for choosing this book: Booklist
– Grades 8-10.