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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Since I really enjoyed the first book, I knew I had to read th

    Since I really enjoyed the first book, I knew I had to read this one. It had so much plot and emotion that at the end of the book I didn’t even know how to process it.

    Plot: Rose life is pretty much one big giant ball of drama. She is facing lost of a parent as well as lost of love. This plot held up its own with such creativity. It really felt like real life action. Not over done drama but stuff that people deal with everyday. It propelled with deep sentiments in friendship as well as character growth in Rose.

    Love: At first, I felt so bad for Rose. No matter what she said or didn’t say it always came back to bite her in the butt. After finishing the book, I come to realize it’s not Rose. It’s the people around her. The one that she loves does not have his priority straight therefore, Rose got the brute of himself. He always stood up for other people but never Rose. WHY DUDE WHY? In the end, Rose finally takes control of what she wants. Another words, she is tired of being dealt the crappy hand and is not having it anymore. To see Rose put her foot down and stand up for herself (since everyone she loved fail to do it) she became someone new. I can not wait to read more of that Rose.

    Ending: *Sigh* Although the ending is not a cliff ending, it breaks my heart. Rose is once again trap in the middle and getting blamed. I’m hoping in the next book Rose 2.0 will come out and put people in their place cause I’m done watching her be a meek Rose. And the dude? Yeah, he best BEG for Rose forgiveness!!

    A riveting tale that succeeds in creating a solid sequel, Confession Of An Almost-Girlfriend is amazing. Capturing a coming of age tale with great clarity, Rozett’s well crafted tale of an angry yet evolving teenage girl is sensational. Superbly written, Confession Of An Almost-Girlfriend is awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

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    Emotional, Heartrending Sequel! What I Loved: Louise Rozett ha

    Emotional, Heartrending Sequel!

    What I Loved: Louise Rozett has done it again! She truly captures the voice of Rose, giving readers a realistic look into the life of a teenager that is both heartbreaking and hopeful.

    This book deals with depression which isn't always the angsty, weepy, person who refuses to get out of bed, eat or has thoughts of ending their life. Sometimes, it's the person whose stuck in a kind of "nothingness" that they can't seem to escape. They want to feel, but they just can't. (I have struggled with both.)

    This is where we find Rose in CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST-GIRLFRIEND, stuck in the nothingness. She is surrounded by people and situations that should garner an emotional reaction, but don't. Yes, there's the occasional outburst of feeling - anger, desire, frustration and confusion, but for the most part, she's just going through the motions of her life. It would have been very easy for Rozett to lead us into the "nothingness" with Rose and leave her there, but she doesn't. She chooses instead to provide a way out for Rose, a way for her discover who she is, what she wants and most importantly, how to love herself. It's raw, emotional and painful, but it's real.

    As with CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL, there is an engaging cast of supporting characters (everyone needs an Angelo in their lives) and while I did manage to feel more compassion for Regina and her family, I still don't trust her as far as I can throw her.

    And then there is the tall, dark and brooding Jamie Forta. Rose wants nothing and everything to do with Jamie all at the same time because he actually does make her feel things. (Me too Rose, me too.) But Jamie remains elusive and just when she thinks she has him figured out, he retreats into the familiarity of his own struggles which broke my heart for both of them. I was torn between wanting to hug all of Jamie's pain away and shaking some sense into him while yelling, "YOU ARE WORTH ALL THE LOVE! JUST LET THEM LOVE YOU JAMIE!"

    What Left Me Wanting More: FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS JAMIE FORTA, PLEASE LET THERE BE A THIRD BOOK! PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE! *bribes Harlequin Teen with cupcakes*

    Favorite Quote: "But when Jamie Forta is looking at me, I wish with every bone in my body that I were beautiful."

    Final Verdict: Emotional, heartrending sequel that will break your heart in all the right ways. READ IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Aaaarg!!!!!

    Although this is a wonderful book,i want some closer with jamie and rose! Will there be a third book??

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  • Posted July 25, 2013

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    Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend is the sequel to Confessions

    Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend is the sequel to Confessions of an Angry Girl, a contemporary novel I have read and loved last year. The reason why I loved the first book is mainly because of the refreshing POV of Rose, our main protagonist. Last year had been a tough year for Rose and her family without her father. In Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend, we now don't have a zombie like mother, but one who wants to discuss everything in therapy, as well as a brother who seems to party way more than study. We also have Jamie Forta, the boy who's got Rose all confused, especially with the way things ended in the first book. However this book is much more than the romance, it is actually more to do with how Rose starts learning to cope with everything that has happened to her and learn to deal with the people around her. 
    I was not disappointed in this sequel. I love Rose even more than I did in the first book and I completely identify with her most of the time. She is one of those girls that isn't afraid to speak her mind and is just so real. Too many times there are female protagonists that act too perfect, but Rose is real. She gets royally pissed at someone? She's not above imagining punching them. Heck, I've had my fair share of imaginary punching. She has feelings, she feels angry, jealous, pissed, and betrayed and that makes her more human in my opinion. This is why I love Rose, she's not little miss perfect protagonist. She's also not out to impress anyone, even Jamie Forta. Speaking of Jamie, I loved seeing more of him in this novel.. while he is still as  mysterious and elusive as ever, we do see a very vulnerable and sincere side whenever he is with Rose. I really need a happily ever after for those two! 
    You will also notice how Rose is developing throughout this novel, how her reactions to similar situations in the first and second book are different. Rose actually started calling herself Rose 2.0, and I really believed her... most of the time. A girl can only take so much right? especially when Rose has to deal with a ton of issues and problems that are thrown at her in this book. Overall, I enjoyed her train of thoughts and how her relationship with Jamie didn't become her everything. I can't wait for the third book and tie all the loose ends, especially the one concerning Jamie. I recommend this novel to all contemporary fans; You are seriously missing out if you haven't started this series.   

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    I fell in love with Confessions of an Angry Girl by author Louis

    I fell in love with Confessions of an Angry Girl by author Louise Rozett last summer and was so happy when I got to start reading Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend. I loved the main character, the situations she was placed in and of course Jamie Forta (who is drop-dead attractive and my forever-favorite-bad-boy). Fans of the first novel will love the sequel, I know I did.

                   Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend takes place right after where Confessions of an Angry Girl left off. Rose has just finished her first year of high school and is moving into her second. She has big plans in store for the school year. She’s discovered that she’s a singer, her best friend is becoming a total fashionista and Rose intends to make sure that things are different this year.

                   Trouble at a party before the school year starts results in Rose starting with another scandal as she begins to notice that like herself, her closest friends have also changed. Physically and personality-wise. Rose decides to join her school’s production of Anything Goes and hopes that she will be cast as a main character and show off her killer voice. As the year progresses, Rose begins to notice that the plans she made at the start of the year aren’t exactly falling into place.

                   Then Jamie Forta returns, in love with Rose one minute and telling her that he can’t be with her the next. Rose doesn’t know what to believe and isn’t sure if the stories she’s heard about Jamie and her once-bully Regina are true. Her best-friend Tracy is keeping secrets, her brother has been kicked out of school and her mother is driving her crazy. This is definitely not what Rose expected from this year.

                   The big thing that I loved most about the Confessions series is that it properly executes how teenagers are when it comes to the main character Rose. I know a lot of reviews that I’ve read for the first novel say that Rose doesn’t seem to have much character development and stuff, but what made me love the series and Rose was that she’s realistic.

    As a teenager myself who entered my first year of high school with Rose, I really liked reading about a main character who was going through the same problems that I was (for the most part) and had to overcome those challenges. In the sequel, Rose is entering her second year (which I will be doing soon) and (like myself) plans on reinventing who she is. Totally awesome because that’s pretty much what most teenagers are doing at this point in their lives. If you’re looking for a realistic main character who a teen can relate to, you need to read about Rose Zarelli.

    The big thing that actually had me going nuts with “I-know-that-feel!” was Rose’s descission to become a singer. The same big choice that I have made for myself. Her school’s musical was Anything Goes, which is the same one that my school put on. I auditioned and hope to land a lead role (just like Rose) and came up being casted as a member of the ensemble. I totally knew how Rose felt, how disappointed she got, and loved how realistic it was.

    With the return of Jamie Forta came the return of my love for him. Jamie gets way more attractive in this novel. His tall, dark and brooding self is playing with Rose’s heart and while that did get me upset, he has his secrets. We only start to learn about his relationship with Regina and her family, while also finding out secrets about Regina that nobody knew. Regina’s younger brother has just entered his first year of high school and his being ridiculed for being openly gay. Lots of drama to add to Rose’s life.

    I’d recommend this series to teen readers who are looking for a series that will relate to them in some way or form, fans of contemporary novels and high school drama will love the Confessions series. I honestly cannot wait for the next novel and look forward to growing up with Rose.

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  • Posted June 30, 2013

    MY REVIEW I received a paperback copy of this book from Mira Ink

    MY REVIEW
    I received a paperback copy of this book from Mira Ink in exchange for my honest review. I had requested it on Netgalley also and was accepted for an e-copy after I had the paperback!
    So, the cover goes really well with the other book in the series. I like it when all the covers have a similar theme. I love the font styles, placement and styles on the cover. I also love the byline "If you're not true to yourself, why should anyone else be?"
    In this book Rose is a little older and entering her sophomore year but is she any wiser? Well rose seems to think so. this year she has a plan, she is Rose mark 2. Rose mark 2 is a more confident version of the old Rose. This year Rose is going to stay away from any trouble or controversy, she is determined not to be the one to come to the rescue or be called to Principal Chen's office to be pumped/interrogated for information on the other students anymore. Rose is also going to try something new, she's going to be a singer, and another thing, she isn't going to be at the beck and call of Jamie Forta anymore!
    So Summer break is over and Rose hasn't seen Jamie, nor has he returned any of her calls or texts, but there's nothing she can do about that so she's just going to carry on and be Rose mark 2.0, who doesn't care about Jamie, or think about him all the time.
    Traci, Rose's best friend has talked her into going to a party at one of the swim team houses. All looks the same as usual, girls posing, guys drinking and eyeing up the posing girls. then the swim thugs start hazing Conrad. It starts with calling the guy names, homophobic names that get worse and worse. The hazing goes on becoming more physical as well as the chants and shouting, to the point it looks like Conrad is going to drown. Rose has a dilemma, the old Rose would call the cops or...or do something Seeing Rose is a "new" person she decides to reach over and try to drag Conrad out of the pool. Of course she can't quite reach and as she leans out further and further one of the swim guys thinks its hilarious to push her in too! It sets off a whole chain of events where Rose has to decide whether to once again speak up or keep her mouth shut very something she knows is totally wrong. Of course whilst this is going on there's drama over her website (her mum doesn't like it), her brother has been taking drugs (maybe his way of coping with his dad's death?), she's still in therapy with her mum, her mum decides to date, and the list goes on and on . . . . oh yeah and there's the ever indecisive Jamie Forta too.
    This book is even better than the first. It's so well written, flows really well, medium paced and is so realistic, it's brilliant.
    So did I enjoy the book? I really did, I definitely didn't want to put the book down, I just felt like reading another chapter, then another,....then just one more etc. Would I recommend the book? Yes, though the book is set in an American school, it could easily be tweaked and set in a school in England. All schools have the "it" girls, the sporty guys, the nerdy geeky people, the bullies etc. Would I read a Book 3? Yes, Please. I need to know more about what happens with Rose's family and of course her on off relationship with Jamie Forta, there's so much more to happen to Rose. I think I'd secretly like her to date Angelo! Would I read other books by Louise Rozett? I definitely would, I love the pace, style and tone of her writing.

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