Wednesday, April 24, 2013

St. George's Day: English Comedy

In addition to being Shakespeare's birthday, yesterday was St. George's day, the patron saint of England. We're celebrating with an entire week of English goodness! Today is all English books that will make you laugh out loud.


Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. While Georgia is mainly preoccupied with her love life, readers will fall in love with her insane cat, mad toddler sister, crazy parents, and the Bison dancing of the Ace Gang. This book is guarenteed to change your vocabulary forever it doesn't matter where you live--Old Blighty or Hamburger-a-go-go-land. The books pick up mere seconds after the previous book in the series, so be sure to have On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson on hand.

Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb. Jess's best friend Flora is a goddess. Jess, however, is a budding comedienne with no boobs and a oversized bum. Her attempts to get her crush to notice her end in such things as a bra-based soup explosion and other mortifications. Follow it with Girl, (Nearly) 16: Absolute Torture.

Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras by Cathy Hopkins. Lucy is 14 and looks like she's 12. Maybe. Her friends all easily pass for 16. Her best friend since forever, Izzy, is hanging out with the new girl in school, Nesta and Lucy is feeling more and more left out and left behind.Then, she meets the most perfect boy and must try and get him to notice her, 12 year old body and all. The first of a long-running series, it's not LOL funny, but it is relatively light and fluffy and addictive. Follow it with Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses.


Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami. Amber, Jazz, and Geena have been fine since their mother died. Dad's at work all the time, and they get whatever they want. But when Dad decides they need more adult supervision and Auntie moves in from India, she's sticking her nose into EVERYTHING. So, they come up with a plan--marry her off. Soon they're interviewing every available guy in the neighborhood. This skews more to the tween side, but it's literary slapstick that's aimed at girls instead of boys. Follow it with Bollywood Babes.

My Cup Runneth Over: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts by Cherry Whitock. Angel is larger than life (physically and mentally) which can be hard when your mother's a former supermodel. Lots of mother/daughter dramz, but Angel shines in the kitchen with the family cook-- there's a recipe after every chapter. I've made several and they're tasty.

Diva without a Cause by Grace Dent. Shiraz will be the first to tell you that she's not a chav, even though she's the very definition of one. All she wants is to finish school so she can be discovered and go on Big Brother, but this year has other plans. Only the first sequel, Posh and Prejudice was published in the US, but there are several in the UK.


Pulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell. Calypso isn't poor, but she isn't part of the unbelievably uber-posh set that her classmates belong to. Plus, she's American, which is another strike against her at her all-girls British Catholic boarding school. But, this year, she's determined to break into the inner ranks of popularity. When the Prince of England notices her, you'd think that would help, but it just complicates matters. This series also has the COOLEST nuns ever. Follow it with Stealing Princes.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend. Adrian fancies himself an intellectual, but the love of his life (Pandora) has spurned him, his parents are fighting, and he has issues with zits. The first in a hilarious series that follows Adrian's adventures through middle age, follow it with The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole.

e by Matt Beaumont. Told entirely in email, this follows the staff of a London-based ad agency. They're poised to land a big ad campaign, but everything's going wrong, including the fact the agency head's emails keep getting CC'd to every other branch head. Published for adults, older readers will love this. Pay close attention to the time stamps and follow it with The E Before Christmas.

What are the most hilarious English books you've read?

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