sevenstories’ #CBR4 Review #41: A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison
“‘In my squirrel room, looking out over the moors to Grimbottom, 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 here, 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.”
This is the gloriously silly sequel to Withering Tights, the romantic mishaps of Tallulah Casey, aspiring actress, hampered by her out of control knees and distinct lack of acting ability. Rennison’s charm is her ability to manage to get inside teeenage girls heads whilst also introducing enough ridiculously bizarre situations and characters to make her books stand out from the hundreds of imitators out there. If you are a girl who grew up in the 90s or 2000s in the UK, you will struggle not to be charmed and entertained by Rennison. This series is not as funny as Georgia but still has many laugh out loud moments and is a quick, fun read despite not being as tightly written as the Georgia series. So, to be honest, I would recommend reading the Georgia series in full first, starting with Angus, Thongs and Full Front Snogging.
First Line: “Performing Arts College, here I come again, hold on to your tights!”
Why I read it: I grew up reading Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson series and have a huge affection for her as a writer so whilst I am no longer the target audience for these, and they don’t make me cry with laughter any more, I still enjoy reading them and having a giggle at the complete silliness.
Who I would recommend it to: Fans of Chris Higgins or Jaclyn Moriarty. If you fancy a quick and silly read that manages to blend the absurd with some real truisms about growing up as a girl.