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Withering Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey) Hardcover – June 28, 2011
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“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))
“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)
“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)
“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)
“Expect lots more of Rennison’s unique brand of teen angst, snogging and shenanigans.” (The Sunday Times)
“Hilarious.” (The Daily Express)
PRAISE FOR THE CONFESSIONS OF GEORGIA NICOLSON:“A little raunchy and quite funny.” (New York Times Book Review on The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
“Hysterically funny.” (Seventeen on The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
“Hilarious!” (USA Today on The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
“We’re talking laugh-till-the-soda-comes-out-your-nose humor.” (Chicago Tribune on The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
“Refreshing.” (San Francisco Chronicle on The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson)
About the Author
Louise Rennison was a British comedian and the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of the angst-filled Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series as well as the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series. Her first novel, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, received a Michael L. Printz Honor Award in 2001, was adapted into a feature film, and has become a worldwide bestseller now translated into 34 languages. She was also awarded the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the first book in her Tallulah Casey series, Withering Tights.
Top Customer Reviews
Tallulah, whose parents seem inexplicably more up-market than Georgia's family, is off to Yorkshire to study dramatic arts for the summer, but it's never really clear why- she doesn't seem to really have any passion for theater, and never takes the program seriously at all. While there, she makes friends, and of course, boyfriends, but I felt her character fell into the "oh I'm SO TALL and SO THIN with SUCH GREEN EYES and SUCH SHINY HAIR, why, I'M A TROLL, and boys will never like me" trap- which is so annoying and overdone and at this point such a ghastly cliche. One of the things that made Rennison's voice so authentic in her other YA books was that Georgia came across as a real girl, and relatable, while Tallulah did not.
It is a shame, because the set-up had a lot of potential, and coming from such a talented author, could have been a great young YA read, but as it was, it was a bit grating, and Tallulah's silliness annoyed rather than enchanted.
I was initially thrown by Tallulah being Georgia's cousin - does anyone else remember her being mentioned in the Nicolson series? I remember a creepy cousin who tried to feel her up (James or something) but that it's. Whatever, that's the besides the point. I was glad Tallulah is supposed to be Georgia's cousin though, because it meant Georgia was mentioned several times and I squealed a little bit :)
The characters in Withering Tights are not as interesting as the other series. But that's okay, really, because the other series has 10 books and this only the first one. Tallulah is an interesting character with many quirks and faults, and the group of friends she makes while away at college - don't be thrown by this word, fellow Americans, Tallulah is 14. From what I've gathered, college is basically a high school with a specific focus - are equally as quirky. My favourite of her friends is probably Ruby, because she's the craziest.
The boys in this book were a bit mehish. I didn't squeal over anyone really (although Alex is a bit dreamy and Charlie is very nice) so I'm hoping things liven up boy wise in the next books.
The first 50 or so pages aren't that funny and are pretty disheartening. But let me tell you, they get much, much better. Once I got through the first bit, there were many instances where I was literally laughing so hard I had to put the book down. There's one scene with Irish dancing that I just...Read more ›
British teen Tallulah Casey typifies the awkward, confused, foot-in-your-mouth early teen life that is such a great source of comedy and fun. That is as long as you are looking back at it from a distance of a few good years. No doubt girls living through this age now will read and commiserate with 14 year old Tallulah; whereas those of us who enjoy quick, funny young "chick lit" summer reading will rejoice at having gotten through those years.
Tallulah finds herself, through no effort on her part, off to summer performing arts college at Dother Hall in the northern English countryside of Yorkshire. Tallulah's observations immediately illicit chuckles and smiles as she describes her amazement at having to sit next to a sheep on the small village bus to Heckmondwhite, the fictitious town where Dother Hall resides. Tallulah works hard to find her balance as she moves in as a boarder with a rather wacky family, goes looking for the "shops" to have coffee, and realizes that the college brochure merely suggests that the college it's co-ed. Tallulah experiences disappointments, embarrassing missteps, creative accidents, and triumphs as she navigates through the minefield of meeting new friends, and finding her place among the zany talented teachers and students of Dother Hall.
`Withering Tights' is a great light-hearted, witty, romp of a book that easily transcends any surface differences between British and American teenage girls. However, just incase there is any doubt as to what an `apple catcher' is, or a `barm pot', Tallulah has included a glossary as part of her journal (a Rennison standard) to illuminate us all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Incredibly funny but still with an interesting plot-- a real page turner. I ate this book up.Published 29 days ago by Victoria Nunley
In a new series from Louise Rennison, Withering Tights begins the story of Tallulah Casey, a 14 year old girl who has been accepted to the summer program for a performing arts... Read morePublished 1 month ago by impossible girl
I considered this rating because it shows that a shy girl can really blossom into a terrific dancer. I would definitely recommend this bookPublished 19 months ago by Jamie
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I did not particularly like this book. Read more
Silly, but entertaining and a quick read. Very similar to her other books, but it's nice to have a new, slightly different character after so many books about Georgia.Published on November 1, 2013 by Laura
Another funny read for all ages. I hope we get some college books from Georgia though, I really miss her family and plan on re reading these books.Published on May 20, 2013 by Mauvi B
I love this author! The Georgie series always cracked me up!! This will and did do the same! If you love Georgie you will love this girl:)Published on March 21, 2013 by A. Skoviera
I love the story and the adorable, creative cover. I can't help but miss Georgia Nicolson, though, with her quirkiness and fun, made-up words.Published on March 18, 2013 by A. Wil