Hi all, I’m back again with another book review! This week, we have:
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
We start out with our main protagonist, Tallulah. Tallulah has a lot to say, and seems intent on spitting it all out at once.
At the start, she is off to a performing arts summer camp, and at 14 and a half, feels ready to take on the world, even if she has no idea how she got in in the first place.
Tallulah does the things one does at summer camp, meet new friends, find new crushes, gossip about the weird faculty, all while being completely oblivious to how her actions are being perceived by those around her.
She is fairly convinced through most of the book that she is going to be sent home early for not being perform-y enough, when she’s not crushing on her neighbor, or the boys at the all-boys camp.
This book is set in Britain, and the language shows. There are odd abbreviation, and slang that goes for days. However, that’s not to say this isn’t a fun read. For the most part, the context reveals the meaning, and most of the words are fun, to boot.
I really enjoyed this book. Tallulah’s cluelessness was amusing, and the story was fast paced without feeling rushed. You really want her to succeed, or at least see that she does belong in the program. The secondary characters are fleshed out nicely, even if their motivations are a bit suspect.
All in all, I would recommend this for a bit of light summer reading, it’s a fluffy read for when you don’t want to go in too deep.