Thursday 10 February 2011

Withering Tights review

Withering Tights
Louise Rennison
July 8th 2010
HarperCollins Children's books

Hilarious new series from Queen of Teen – laugh your tights off at the (VERY) amateur dramatic antics of Talullah and her bonkers mates. Boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed!

Picture the scene: Dother Hall performing arts college somewhere Up North, surrounded by rolling dales, bearded cheesemaking villagers (male and female) and wildlife of the squirrely-type. On the whole, it’s not quite the showbiz experience Tallulah was expecting… but once her mates turn up and they start their ‘FAME! I’m gonna liiiiive foreeeeeever, I’m gonna fill my tiiiiights’ summer course things are bound to perk up. Especially when the boys arrive. (When DO the boys arrive?) Six weeks of parent-free freedom. BOY freedom. Freedom of expression... cos it’s the THEATRE dahling, theatre!

Can I just start this off by saying that Louise Rennison is brilliant. And that I wish that I was as funny as her books are. Because they are funny. Very, very funny. Which is a very, very good thing.

I will first admit, though, that I was slightly wary because I was scared that it was just going to be another Georgia (not that I would complain, Georgia is a legend, but y'know, it wouldn't be all that original.) But, despite Tallulah's close relation to Georgia (they're cousins) they were not the same. Yay! Or yaroo!! as I'm sure Tallulah would say.

Louise's character's were, as always, fabulous! I want to be Tallulah's best friend, well I felt like her best friend anyway because it always feels like that with her books, but I want her to be real. I want to give her a hug and then convince her to give me Irish dancing lessons, because we all know how brilliant (or disastrous depending on your view on life) that would be! And I loved all of her friends too. I felt I could relate most to Jo, because I get like that about my shortness on occasion ;p Flossie was fab too. I want her southern accent. I love southern accents. I don't know why. I just do. *sings Ohhhklahooma!* Hehe. And Honey and her really bad lisp (or lithp). Or Vaisey and her hat hair... Awww... I just love them all. Apart from Cain. He's a right douche. (Jo and Phil are so cute together though! And I so knew it would be Charlie. I like Charlie's hair. It's good hair, or at least it is in my head. I like blond people.)

Dother Hall. What can I say about Dother Hall. Well, I'd definitely want to stay there for a term, especially if I got to see 'Sugar Plum Bikey'... And I loved how hard Tallulah was trying to fit in even though she wasn't really good at performing (EXCELLENT at comedy though. If only she'd realised it was her calling earlier.)

Withering Tights was a delightful book that had me laughing from page one. Tallulah is a character you won't be forgetting for a while, I can tell you that! I cannot WAIT for book 2 and for more Lullah misadventures in love, life, and THEATRE, DAHLING! 4 Stars :D

(also, look at me scheduling posts like a proper grown up blogger :p)


  1. This sounds like really good fun. I've only read the first Georgia book, but I really liked it. I should look for more Louise Rennison books.
    Great review! I think you really gave us a flavour of the book, thank you.


  2. I just reviewed this, loved it also!

  3. hee hee. This review made me chuckle. That Louise Rennison sounds like a comic genius.


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