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A Midsummer Tights Dream by Louise Rennison is the second book in her series about the misadventures of Tallulah Casey, would be star and owner of ridiculous knees.  The first book, ‘Withering Tights’, is reviewed here.

If you enjoyed the first book, you will love the second book, as there is more of the same.

It is, as the last one, suitable for teenage girls. If you are upset by books about snogging, growing your bosom, and worrying about what to do with your hands while you kiss a boy, this book is probably not for you.

Rennison charts the ups and downs of Tallulah’s increasingly complicated love life, and her attempts to figure out which boy she loves, what boys are all about, and whether her bosom will ever grow to a satisfactory size.  The book is written in a kind of diary style from Tallulah’s point of view.

Fans of Rennison will have undoubtedly already read the Georgia Nicholson series.  Tallulah is a cousin of Georgia’s and for those fans of Georgia there is the odd mention of Georgia as the fountain of wisdomosity when it comes to helping Tallulah make complex decisions on the boy front.

In this book, Tallulah is back at Dother Hall for another term of thespian antics, still trying to find her metier, worrying about her flyaway knees, and bothered by the hatred of the scary drama teacher Dr. Lightowler, Tallulah attempts to survive another turbulent term on the wings of luurve and other things, mainly to do with Shakespeare.

The book is funny and packed full of Rennison’s trademark style and language. Tallulah and her Tree Sisters, communicate in a kind of specialised teen short hand.  In the Georgia books Rennison would provide a glossary at the back of each book. Here you have to guess yourself, but it’s all pretty obvious.

The book is eminently readable, the plot unfolds with the predictability of all of her other books, but the humour makes up for a lot of the sameiness of the plot, and all is well in the land of Tallulah Casey.

You can access Louise Rennison’s website here, and become one of the Tree Sisters, or just find out more about Tallulah’s world.