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Stop in the Name of Pants: 12/22/09
Here I was feeling pleased at having caught up on the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson having finished Stop in the Name of Pants and Louise Rennison has gone and written a new one: Are These Basooms I See Before Me? Seriously, these YA books are among my all time favorite of book series.
In the 9th book, Stop in the Name of Pants, Georgia hasn't managed to resolve the boyfriend problems. In fact, they've gotten worse. Now instead of two boyfriends, she has three. Dave the Laugh has made another play for her affections. Masimo, though, is her biggest obsession, especially now that he's in Italy for the summer and she can't figure out how to get herself there. She will have to suffice with postcards and phone calls.
Georgia's lack of options for contacting Masimo makes me realize that the book probably isn't set in present day. She seems to live in a world where cell phones and email aren't ubiquitous. Her short tight skirts and big fringe makes me think she's living in the late 1980s or very early 1990s. In other words, she's a teen when I was a teen. Maybe that's part of her appeal for me.
All silliness aside, Stop in the Name of Pants! has some absolutely heart breaking moments. A regular and usually comedic character has an accident further grounding Georgia and giving her a chance to grow as a character. Georgia suddenly seems vulnerable and real in ways I hadn't expected for thought I wanted from the series. Her reactions further show how she has matured.
I have purchased the next in the series (Are These Basoomas I See Before Me?) and I hope to get it read over my New Year's holiday.