Monday 12 July 2010

Withering Tights - Louise Rennison

Withering Tights - Louise Rennison

Pages: 351
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 8th July 2010

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; ‘…and that’s when it fell off in my hand.’; ‘…then he ate my boy entrancers.’; ‘…startled by his furry shorts!’; ‘Luuurve is a many trousered thing…’; ‘Stop in the name of pants!’; ‘Are these my basoomas I see before me?’

I was in the barn showing Ruby my comedy version of Irish dancing. Suddenly, mid-leap, the best-looking boy I have ever seen came in.
    He smiled at me and said, “Er…hello, I’m Alex, Ruby’s brother.”
    Ruby tutted and said, “She’s called Tallulah and she goes to that Dother Hall. Tha’ knows, the bonkers hall.”
    I said, “Hahhaha. Hiddly diddly diddly diddle…” And started dancing again.
    Alex had everything a dream boy should have. Back, front, sides. A head.

    He said, “That’s a cool name.”
    He said nothing against my knees.
    Granted, he couldn’t see my knees, but he probably got the picture. Today I have had more boy action than I have had in 14 ½ years of life. I LOVE Yorkshire. I do.

You know what it’s like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat in barging around in your mouth? Of course you do. So you will love Tallulah Casey as she careers about in her tights. She’s your kind of mate.

The first book in Louise Rennison’s new series has a lot to live up to and although it didn’t quite reach the standards of The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Louise Rennison really is a comedy genius. She has a gift for creating madcap families and crazy friends to accompany her equally mad heroines. In Withering Tights we meet Flossie, Ruby, Honey, Vaisey and Jo who all go to Dother Hall with Tallulah. I have to admit that although Withering Tights is funnier than most novels, it wasn’t quite as funny as I wanted and expected it to be. There were a few moments that had me shaking with laughter, though.

As ever with Louise Rennison’s novels, there are bucket-loads of boy troubles. And what an array of boy for Tallulah and the girls to choose from! As Georgia’s cousin, choosing her favourite wasn’t easy, but I already know which one I like the most. Their distinct personalities and hilarious Yorkshire dialects really set each guy apart so I’m predicting a tumultuous journey for Tallulah throughout the series.

I really loved Withering Tights (and it’s cover) and I’m looking forward to reading more of Tallulah’s adventures at Dother Hall.

For my 2010 100+ Reading Challenge



  1. I didn't realise it was part of a new series. Louise Rennison is very popular with my students. I will definitely buy this for the school library. It sounds really funny and kind of ludicrous but in a good way. Graet review Sophie.

  2. I've been dying to hear about this book! Great review, Sophie - thanks!

  3. ive only read 66 pages but so far its great meet a new friend and 1st thing is tullula arrives at the collage of her dreams while its litrally on fire!!!!!! but not gonna ruin anymore lv da book hope evry1 else does xxx

  4. I really enjoyed this one too, and laughed out loud a fair few times. You're right though, it's not Georgia!

  5. I can't wait to read this one, thanks for a great review :)

  6. I've just read this book in one day once i read the first chapter i just couldn't stop i cannot wait to read th sequel to these books !!! AMAZING !!!!!!

  7. The Georgia Nicholson series is definately one of my favourite's. I also loved Withering Tights- and i can't wait for the next book in the series :)

  8. Hey, sounds totally great! I'm a young reader, infact in not even a TEENAGER (i'm 11) but she's inspired me from an early age. Now, i'm addicted to the humourous books (even though I have to look some words up as they are a bit hard or really, really stupid.) So anyway... keep writing Louise! :)

  9. I really love this book- IT IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I love readin and have over 475 books in my room but Louise's books are ALWAYS my favourite!!!!!! When is the next one coming out????? I'm 12 years old and I'm addicted to them!!! They are so funny!! Please never stop writing!! I want to be a writer when i'm older and you've really inspired me! I love Withering Tights the best !! In class, I have done a project on you so Thanks for your amazing books!!! :)

  10. I LOVE Withering tights its my Favorite book i cant wait till the next one comes out


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