A Midsummer Tights Dream – Louise Rennison
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Release date: 2nd February 2012
Other Titles by this Author: Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging; It’s OK, I’m Wearing Really Big Knickers; Knocked Out by my Nunga-Nungas; Dancing in my Nuddy Pants: ‘...andthat’s when it fell off in my hand.’; ‘...and then he ate my boy entrancers.’; ‘...startled by my furry shorts!’; ‘Luuurve is a many trousered thing...’; ‘Stop in the name of pants!’; ‘Are these my basoomas I see before me?’; Withering Tights
In my squirrel room, looking over the moors to Gribottom, thinking about Alex. When he next sees me, I will be up there on the wild moors, lost to the world, unaware that I am being observed. It’s only when I glance up, that I notice Alex in his breeches and fancy shirt. He runs to me and takes me in his arms. I close my eyes and hear...
“We is her, wiv our bumbums out.”
And open them to see the toddler twins at my bedroom door, naked from the waist down.
You know when something feels really bad, worse than a bat trapped in your mouth? Or kissing the boy who just wants to be your friend? Tallulah Casey does. She’s your kind of mate.
I always look forward to Louise Rennison’s books purely because I’m guaranteed a good couple of hours of laughter. A Midsummer Tights Dream didn’t let me down there.
Although I enjoyed A Midsummer Tights Dream, I kept comparing it to The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and this series just doesn’t have the same spark. Lots of the same elements are there: an out of control physical feature, a particularly crazy friend, a nasty teacher with an agenda, a gang name and the dilemma of the ‘see you later’, but it’s missing something. I think it’s Georgia.
The mentions of Georgia throughout the novel were lovely; I genuinely miss reading about her. Seeing how much the Ace Gang’s boy advice baffled a rather inexperienced Tallulah was so funny.; she really did not know how to handle all of her boy drama. First you have Charlie who is proving to be a little like Robbie and then Cain who isn’t like other boys: scary, dangerous, and completely compelling. I love the interactions between Tallulah and Cain; they’re brilliant.
Having written lots of the characters with their regional dialects adds more and more humour as Tallulah finds humour in it and sometimes completely misunderstands them. It really does help to cement a feel about each character and it’s a device that I really love.
A Midsummer Tights Dream is a light, funny read that will cheer up a rainy afternoon.
For my 2012 Contemporary YA Challenge
Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with a review copy.