Publisher: Mira Ink
Released: July 5th 2013
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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If you're not true to yourself, why should anyone else be?
In her second year of high school Rose Zarelli is determined to become Rose 2.0 - as in, innovative...superior...improved. Improved how? Well, Rose is setting some ground rules. This year she absolutely most definitely will NOT:
1) do things just because other people want her to
2) randomly shoot her mouth off
3) worry about whether she's someone's girlfriend or not.
And most important of all she determined to tell off Jamie Forta, the boy who might just have broken her heart, once and for all and move on.
After all she's older and smarter now. She can totally pull this off. How hard can it be? Right? Right? (from Amazon)
Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend was a great follow up to Confessions of An Angry Girl, and I’m already looking forward to book three!
Rose’s character developed in this book (though in my opinion she was still very young and the relationship with Jamie still caused me concerns but more on that later) and she was getting better at controlling her anger – she didn’t have as many outbursts or do stupid things because she was frustrated. It was interesting to see her relationship with her mother and brother and how things had changed so much between them all since her dad died. And while she still had enemies, like Regina, her feeling towards them had changed – she still really did not like Regina, but after understanding her circumstances, she could sympathise with her and she did what she thought was right – even if other people didn’t view it that way. I liked Rose, and have always liked her, and could sort of understand how she was feeling. She was overly-critical of herself and I was glad that in this book, she was learning to accept compliments and the fact that sometimes when people said nice things to her, they weren’t just being polite or sarcastic. It didn’t make her any less herself, any less Rose (and I’m glad, because I liked her personality the way it was), but it did give her that little extra boost and motivation to do things she might have been too afraid to do before.
Jamie – hmmm. I’m not sure how I felt about him. First of all, I think Rose was just too young for him. He was eighteen! She was fifteen! Ahhck. Maybe I’m changing in my old age, but it just seemed weird to me. I mean, if she were twenty-five and he were twenty-eight, fine. But like I said in my previous review, things are very different when you’re a teenager. Fifteen may as well be ten years apart from eighteen, because the difference in what it’s like to be fifteen and what it’s like to be eighteen is pretty big. If I look back, I could not imagine that at fifteen, I would be emotionally mature enough to be with someone who was eighteen. I’m not saying there aren’t fifteen year olds out there that are mature for their age or eighteen-year-olds that are immature (God knows there are) but a) Rose was not one of those people (she was smart, don’t get me wrong, and was thinking about the future, but she was very noticeably fifteen) and b) it just seems weird. And illegal. And weird. I think Rose turned sixteen at the end of the book, so it wasn’t as bad (if you can forget the whole thing started when she was fourteen).But setting that aside...Jamie was...okay. He had sort of a messed up childhood (he lost his virginity at thirteen o_O) and he was protective over the Deladdo family and while he seemed to care for Rose (and was evidently an excellent kisser), he just couldn’t get over what he thought was his responsibility to the Deladdo family. He was really stubborn and rash and while I could see his appeal...I also didn’t love him as much as I thought I would, especially after that ending.
I was a lot more interested in Tracy and Rose’s friendship in this book. It wasn’t perfect and they had their ups and downs, but I felt they were both more supportive and understanding of each other (by the end, anyway) and they stuck up for each other when it was necessary. Though, Tracy going out with Rose’s brother Peter...once again, age gap that sort of creeped me out. This was even worse because Peter was a university student. He was even older than Jamie! Why couldn’t these guys find girls their own age? It made me think that they actually just liked intimidating their girlfriends, and I didn’t like that at all. Not exactly an equal and healthy relationship. My favourite character by far, however, was Angelo, who I really hope has more of a role in the third book, because he was hilarious and supportive and I loved him!
Plot-wise, it was mostly just following Rose’s life, and there wasn’t too much crazy stuff going on. I guessed why Conrad, Regina’s brother, didn’t like Rose from the start, but it was still interesting to read how everything panned out. I’m definitely up for another book and I am interested to find out what happens with all the relationships!
Overall, I enjoyed Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend, despite my reservations about the ages of the characters (am I seriously the only one slightly concerned about this?) and would definitely recommend this series to contemp fans.