Confessions of an Angry Girl – Louise Rozett

confessions of an angry girl


Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…

1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate, don’t you?

2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)

Here are some other vocab words that describe my life:Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.

(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)

(Sorry. That was rude.)

My Thoughts

Confessions of an Angry Girl is an incredibly realistic take on the classic high school coming of age tale. In the wake of tragedy, Rose has to try to survive being a freshman in high school. This is no easy feat. Grief stricken, her family is dealing with the loss in their own way – which means Rose is angry all the time at everything, her mother is emotionally absent and distant, and her brother takes off for college, and seems not too keen on being around much anymore. These are all fairly natural reactions to the sudden loss of a loved one. Rose has to deal with her grief, and sometimes, it really, really sucks.

Rose is certainly not afraid to admit to herself when she’s feeling terrible. She’s not afraid to admit to being angry, resentful, and incredibly insecure. However, she has yet to reach a level of maturity where she can express these emotions with any form of decorum. She tries to take things on herself, and she always seems exceedingly awkward around those who offer their condolences and sympathies. She does not like being pitied, but she also doesn’t like people discussing her grief as a means of using it against her.

The result of these circumstances is a burst of suppressed emotions that explode every now and then. This hurts the people around her. Rose realizes this, and also realizes that she has some work to do on herself, and for herself, in order to be the person she wants to be.

Let’s face it, high school is scary. I tried to block out most of my high school experience. I could relate to Rose on so many levels through this book. There is an incredible amount of pressure from peers to be a certain way – and you are expected to want to be that way. Rose does not, in fact, want this at all. Neither did I.

There are a lot of aspects about these pressures and expectations that she doesn’t understand. She doesn’t understand why her best friend aspires to be one of the popular kids, to be a cheerleader, when it stresses her out so much. She doesn’t understand why her best friend is trying to pressure her into being the same way. There are a ton of things expected of her, and none of them seem to take into account what she wants. This causes a lot of tension between her and her friends.

And of course, there’s a boy. A boy her best friend keeps telling her she shouldn’t like – because he’s not “suitable”. This lack of support causes Rose some anxiety, and it causes her to start keeping secrets. These secrets later come back to blow up in her face – as most secrets do. (Secrets are not cool, guys. Really, do we have to go through this whole secrets as a bad plot device thing again?)

It’s once everything is exposed, and out on the table, that Rose begins to realize it’s okay to like this boy, and it’s okay to want to kiss him. An event that leaves Rose completely exposed and vulnerable leads her to making amends with her friends and family. Rose becomes so much more honest about her emotions, her wants, her needs, her desires. She realizes these emotions are okay, and that she does have support in order to help her heal.

Rose finished off her freshman year a little bit older, a little bit wiser, but no less angry. And that’s okay. Besides, there’s always sophomore year, right?


~ by Aubrey Smith on January 11, 2016.

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