Saturday 12 January 2013

Confessions of an Angry Girl Blog Tour: Guest Post

SUMMARY: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 My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time.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)
Are you anything like Rose? Were there any personal experiences that you put into the story?
I am a bit like Rose in a few ways. First of all, I do have a temper. But I have to confess that, although I’m not always proud of the way I behave when I get angry, it feels good when anger comes to the surface and I actually let it out. There’s something very cathartic about expressing an emotion that we often frown upon in our society. It just has to be done with a measure of wisdom.
I am also like Rose in that I was often drawn to the guys who were kind of rebellious, kind of on the fringes, kind of mysterious. (Usually they had hearts of gold, like Jamie does, although not all the time!) I was forever walking the line between two worlds—the one my friends and family occupied, and the one the guy occupied. It was tough.
Rose has many views on what makes a girl independent and strong. What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing teen girls today?

I think teen girls today have to work extra hard to figure out who they want to be, and how they want to act, and what they think is right. Girls are bombarded with images—online, on TV, in the media—telling them what a woman should look like, how thin she should be, how she should behave, what her priorities should be. That, in and of itself, is nothing new. What is new is the social media component that invites people to talk about these images, to have conversations about these expectations. Social media is fantastic in a lot of ways, but I think it can also be really confusing. It provides a forum in which everyone can participate, but not everyone has the ability to keep social media interactions in perspective, and not everyone knows how to express themselves in a respectful way on social media. I think this can compound the effect of being bombarded with negative imagery in a pretty profound way. And yes, social media can also play a positive role in this instance, but it’s usually not the positive social media interactions that stick with us.

Louise Rozett’s debut novel Confessions of an Angry Girl is OUT NOW! in the UK Visit for more info



Carolyn Curie said...

This is interesting and probably a good read especially for teenagers who are experiencing a dark moment and rebellion. Could've been perfect for my daughter back then. When she found out she was adopted, she gave us hell. We did everything we could to make her understand and I'm thankful that eventually, she did.

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