The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey Series

April 22, 2014

If you are a female reader of a certain age, the name Louise Rennison might mean something to you. She wrote the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series — 10 books about a British high school girl named Georgia and her “Ace Gang” of friends as they navigate the adolescent world of school, boys, family, etc.

I always liked the Georgia Nicholson books — they’re fun and kind of ridiculous — but they are also a bit cringe-worthy. Georgia and her friends are so incredibly boy crazy and self-involved (as most teenagers are, at least some of the time) and sometimes it felt like there was very little else going on beyond chasing after boys and worrying about clothes.

I bring this all up because Louise Rennison has a new series: The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey. There are three books so far — Withering TightsA Midsummer Tights Dream, and The Taming of the Tights — and they chronicle the life of Tallulah (Georgia’s younger cousin) as she attends a (somewhat dilapidated) performing arts academy somewhere Up North. Tallulah is younger than Georgia and a little bit kooky and while she certainly has boys on the brain, there is a lot of other stuff going on as well.

The Tallulah Casey books also depart from the journal-entry only style that Rennison employed with the Georgia books, which I think allows for a lot more freedom in the narrative. Everything is still through Tallulah’s point of view, but as readers we get to see a bit more of the action.

These books are zany and cute and fun and I definitely recommend them (for readers of multiple age groups). In some ways I think Tallulah is a better role model than Georgia. She’s less superficial and while she still has her boy crazy moments, she doesn’t let that rule her life. She’s a supremely loyal friend and she’s true to herself and these are characteristics that girls should see in the protagonists of their books.


2 Responses to “The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey Series”

  1. I loved both of these series, but for me, Georgia and her Ace Gang come up tops. I do admit that Tallulah is a better role model, but I think Georgia is absolutely hilarious. She’s a bit superficial, and a bit crazy, but so am I 🙂
    Can’t wait for the next Tallulah Casey book though.

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