Friday, 8 April 2011


You know what it's like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat is barging around in your mouth? Of course you do.

Alright, so it's not Hollywood. It's somewhere in Up North, and the hills are alive with the sounds of squirrels and cheese making... But Dother hall Performing Arts College is about to open its doors to the rabble for summer school, and Tallulah and her besties plan to take the stage by storm! That is, once they get over the brilliance of six weeks of parent-free life, and the 'mixed' students of the course. Because 'mixed' can only mean one thing... boys!

Withering Tights ~ a tall tales & short stories review

Ok, I'll admit it - this is the first time I've read  a book by Louise Rennison and very funny it is too. Tallulah is a great narrator, quirky, gangly, obsessed with her knees, and if you've ever wondered how to go about corker-rubbing, she's definitely the 'go to girl.'

I tend to be put off by a pink cover as it always makes me think the worst but Withering Tights is silly, fun and full of larger than life characters, and I can certainly see why it won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. The whole world of Performing Arts and Theatre is a world I know quite well and the eccentric, 'lovey-dahlingness' of it all reminded me of incidents and people I've met along the way - even down to Bob and his ponytail!

This is a book that shouldn't be taken seriously - it's definitely a sit back and enjoy the ride and marvel at the OTT shenanigans. Who wouldn't, as a teenager, want to go and be parent free at a school of Performing Arts where the sky's the limit and dreams can be fulfilled and bicycle ballet is the norm. Enjoy!  It's a hoot!


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