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The Taming of the Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey) Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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Fifteen-year-old Tallulah boards with a benignly strange village family while attending an artsy college (British high school) neighboring a school for “bad boys.” At school, Lullah’s gal group is known as the Tree Sisters, because they make their (usually group) assignations with the lads from the neighboring school at a post in the woods between institutions. The younger cousin of Georgia—who has her own series, kicked off in Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging (2000)—Lullah works here to combine Georgia’s romantic insights, her own attraction to Charlie, and her distraction with village Lothario Cain, all while staying on as good a side as she can with her school’s owlish headmistress. Third in the (Mis)Adventures of Tallulah Casey series (after Withering Tights, 2011), this very British teen chick lit will find its most welcome audience among Georgia fans. A lot of small events happen, strung together with Lullah’s lists, obsessive worrying, and, though not very thoroughly realized in print, silly dancing. Grades 7-10. --Francisca Goldsmith
PRAISE FOR THE (MIS)ADVENTURES OF TALLULAH CASEY SERIES: “I don’t know how, but Louise Rennison has done it again. Tallulah is even funnier, warmer, and sweeter than her cousin Georgia Nicolson. I fell in love with Withering Tights, and you will too!” (Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and the Abandon series)
“Louise Rennison has created another superbly realistic and hilarious young teen heroine, a younger Georgia Nicolson, in the first book of a new series. Tallulah’s wry comments on her life and her dreams are sure to enchant girl readers who will laugh and cry with the spunky, hopeful entertainer.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review))
“Fans of Georgia Nicolson will be thrilled to meet her cousin Tallulah in Printz Honor-winner Rennison’s new madcap melodrama. Undeniably entertaining; Georgia would be pleased.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Tallulah is a vivacious and hilarious character who will speak to every girl. This is a wonderful start to a new series that will attract Georgia’s many fans as well as bring in new readers, who will fall in love with Tallulah and all of her quirks.” (School Library Journal on Withering Tights)
“Told in the entertaining style that readers have come to love, Rennison’s story is sure to guarantee more than a few laughs. Fans of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series are sure to fall in love with Tallulah and her crazy antics.” (School Library Journal on The Taming of the Tights)
Absurdity is a key point here, and it’s richly delivered by Tallulah’s exploits. Ideal for readers seeking a high-spirited silly British romp.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Tallulah is an effervescent protagonist who will keep fans of YA Brit lit laughing until the very end.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A bright, breezy, and very funny take on life. Good fun!” (Booklist)
“A jolly and faintly raunchy read.” (Wall Street Journal)
“This Brit lit romp through the moors will leave readers looking forward to next term and more Tallulah.” (The Horn Book on Withering Tights)
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Back with her host family, the Dobbinses, she finds them as mad as ever. Dibdobs has taken to making food out of what she forages which includes cake made out of moss and bread made out of snail shells. The lunatic twins are as out of control as ever, although, this time they have pet turtles named Mickey and Dicky they carry with them every.
Here little friend Ruby and Matilda the dog are as incomprehensible as ever. Ruby is 11 going on 20 and wants to be included in all the goings on whether she is old enough or not. Her father, Mr. Baraclough, owner of the Blind Pig still calls Tallulah a long lanky lad and he is now in a band called The Iron Pies. They take music and switch the lyrics about so every song they do references pies, like “Pie in the Sky”.
The Bottomly sisters are still as horrid as ever. Beverly has tried to drown herself in the stream after Cain broke up with her. All the sisters have it out for Tallulah since they think she is the cause of all of Beverly’s troubles with Cain. Mrs. Bottomly is still after Cain and swears she will shoot him if she sees him.
The Hinchcliffs are as cool as ever. They are in a band called The Joneses and think they are all God’s gift to women. They are all dark, handsome and devilish, especially Cain. For some reason, Cain has taken a liking to Tallulah, or so it seems. Last term, he licked a hailstone off her nose and then snogged her on the moors, a fact she is trying to forget and can’t let anyone know about.
The Woolfe boys and Tree Sisters are back with the exception of Honey who left for Hollywood last term. They still meet at their special tree during lunch. Jo and Phil are dating. Vaisey has a thing for Jack that seems to be mutual and Flossie is trying to attract Ben, but she is only trying to use him to get to Seth Hinchcliff. That leaves Tallulah and Charlie.
Tallulah still likes Charlie, and even though he kissed her last term, he told her he had a girlfriend. So, Tallulah has convinced herself they are just mates.
There is madness running rampant at Dother Hall. They got enough money to keep the school open, but not to keep it up, so there heat is on the fritz, the water pipes get clogged, part of the roof caved in, so there is just a tarp over it. They had a class on drumming, but as they only have one drum and it was in use elsewhere, it became a clapping circle. One class was about putting on your clown shoes, a class Tallulah excelled in. The main theme for the term is Taming of the Shrew where they are going to need to perform scenes from the play. Tallulah performs Kate rap style.
On top of all that are Tallulah’s boy troubles.
She doesn’t like Cain, but can’t get him out of her head. She is so ashamed on him snogging her on the moors that she can’t even tell anyone about it. But Cain keeps sniffing about which earns her even more animosity from the Bottomly sisters. Alex the Good, Ruby’s brother, comes home from University and tells Tallulah that he’d want to kiss her if she were older, but Alex also has a girlfriend. Charlie keeps popping up and says things that make her heart flutter, but Tallulah is convinced he just likes her as a friend.
I don’t remember a lot about being 15, but I do remember that there were several boys I liked and who I liked the most changed depending on what day of the week it was. So, Tallulah’s dilemma seems genuine and her confusion very real. She really likes Charlie, but the girlfriend thing gets in the way. Should she go for him anyway and face possible rejection? What about Cain, the Dark Black Crow of Heckmondwhite? If you can’t have the one you want, should you want the one you’re with? Is it better to have someone than no one? Should she get any more involved with him than she already has? And would he actually want a girlfriend or is he too happy just playing the field?
Whatever Tallulah chooses, it is sure to be a laugh.