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KNOCKED OUT BY MY NUNGA-NUNGAS by Louise Rennison

KNOCKED OUT BY MY NUNGA-NUNGAS

Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

By Louise Rennison

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: May 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-623656-8
Publisher: HarperCollins

For those who already know and love Georgia, only one word is necessary: more. For those few who have just returned from Antarctica: here is the third installment in the stream-of-consciousness glimpses into the inner mind of quite conceivably the most self-interested teen in the world. As with the first two novels (Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, 2000; On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God, 2001), Georgia’s own voice, laced with loony British teen-isms, is the raison de read. Rennison consistently displays a near-perfect sense of comic timing and an ear for language that subsumes normal demands for such traditional plot elements as, say, rising and falling action. The plot, such as it is, finds Georgia first stolidly bearing up under the torture of a five-day family holiday in Och-aye Land, where the acme of excitement is hanging out at the 24-hour supermarket with the local boys (known by the collective noun “Jock Mcthick”). Home at last, she turns her attentions to her twin favorite pursuits: makeup and moving up the Snogging Scale with Robbie, the Sex God. This outpouring ends with a real breakthrough in terms of character development: the reader may detect the rudiments of a conscience when Georgia finds herself attracted to both her boyfriend the S.G. and to Dave the Laugh, former red herring and current boyfriend of friend Ellen, when she accidentally snogs him at a dance: “3:05 a.m. Oh God, she is my mate. I am bad bad baddy bad bad. Jesus would never snog his mate’s boyfriend. 3:15 a.m. I will probably never be able to sleep again. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.” Will there be any further, further, further confessions? Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants will be published this summer in tea-and-crumpets agogo land—we can hardly wait. (Fiction. YA)