According to the text, in this sequel to Confessions of An Angry Girl, our heroine Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. “This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around…but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all…the almost-girlfriend.”
The plot is fast-paced and we’re guided through it all by Rose’s acutely observant witty teen voice, which is mostly tempered by the voice of her mother’s therapist’s, who’s viewpoint pops into Rose’s mind at critical points. There’s no doubt that Rose still feels angry, and rightly so, but she’s matured because she’s not the type of girl to lash-out this time. Yet, being the better person leaves her feeling vulnerable, and f Rose thought her determination to become Rose 2.0 would be easy, her improved self is going to find itself tested not just by arch-nemesis Regina, but Regina’s equally antagonist brother. Her romantic encounters with Forta leave her – and the reader! – breathless, but if she’s expecting him to let her know where they stand she’d better not hold her breath.
Rose 2.0 is trying not to be so self-critical and starts to tip-toe along the edge of her comfort zone, which leads to the discovery of strengths and talents she’d never considered before. When Forta’s actions leave her feeling emotionally whip-lashed, she decides that rather than look for love, it’s time to look for herself. This wonderful coming of age sequel is still about external relationships – between family, friends and loves – but it’s also about the relationship we have with ourselves and developing a healthy sense of self-esteem.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for my review copy, which I received in exchange for a an honest review.
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Published: June 18th 2013
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