Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

I recently went on holidays to the beach and I was hunting for some easy summer reads to take with me when I rediscovered the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series by Louise Rennison.  Louise Rennison is the author of the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series which I absolutely love (and reread every couple of years) but I had never really looked at the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey. 

When Withering Tights, the first book in the Tallulah Casey series, came out I was pretty unimpressed with it.  I had just finished reading the final of the Georgia Nicolson series and I was looking for something to fill the void.  Unfortunately Tallulah and I got off to a bad start when after reading the first few pages I discovered that Tallulah is Georgia's cousin.  I felt as though Louise Rennison was trying to make me like Tallulah through Georgia instead of letting Tallulah stand out on her own, so I put Withering Tights down and didn't look at it again for a few years.  After seeing the latest book in the Tallulah Casey series come into the library a few months ago, I thought I should probably give Tallulah another go and I am glad that I did!

Tallulah is just as bonkers as Georgia Nicolson, with long legs that spontaneously break out into Irish dancing when she gets nervous and a flair for making herself look completely mad.  She is on her way to performing arts college at a small town in Yorkshire where the teachers and townspeople are just as bonkers as Tallulah herself, including the local pub owner who enters pie eating contests and is convinced Tallulah is a boy, and Monty the teacher who finds endless excuses to squeeze himself into leotards three sizes too small.  Luckily she has her pals, the Tree Sisters, for company especially when the boys arrive!

The books in the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey are:
Withering Tights
A Midsummer Tights Dream
The Taming Of The Tights

The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series is a great read and a lot of fun. I don't often laugh out loud at books but these definitely had me chuckling. They're the perfect summer holiday read and are available in hardcopy and through our e-book collection.

Aimee @ Camberwell Library.

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