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The Taming of the Tights by Louise Rennison is the third book in her series about the misadventures of Tallulah Casey.  The first book; Withering Tights is reviewed here.  The second book; A Midsummer Tights Dream is reviewed here.

The book continues the ups and downs of the life of Tallulah Casey, written in the form of a kind of confessional diary, a style Rennison has been making her own since her first novel, Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, which is the first of ten books about Georgia Nicholson, who appears in the Tallulah Casey books as Tallulah’s cousin.

Tallulah is back for another term at the drama school, Dother Hall.  Her love life becomes more complex when the news gets out that not only has the bad boy of the village, Cain, licked a hail stone from her nose, he has also kissed her, using his tongue, and she liked it.

Can she rescue her friendship with Charlie, the bad boy turned good? Can she win over Dr. Lightowler to her comedy ways. Can she ever stop being type cast as a horse in the school productions? Will her knees ever calm down and stop their spontaneous Irish dancing when she is stressed?

All this and more, in the latest, silly instalment of the series.

There is nothing new here, but fans will love it. Rennison’s ability to get into the head of a teenage girl and make her obsessions amusing and yet resonant, is a great skill. Her ability to poke fun at the world of teenage luurve is second to none, and she really is an entertaining author.  I don’t like these books as much as the Georgia Nicholson series, but if you’ve read them and loved them, and want more of the same, these really are for you.

As I have mentioned in my earlier reviews, these are only really suitable for girls of twelve and up.  They are not sexually explicit. The most that ever goes on is a bit of tongue kissing, and it’s hard to take it too seriously when it is often described as having a small bat trapped in your mouth.  They really aren’t suitable for the under twelves though, unless you are happy that your child is mature enough for this sort of thing.

Louise Rennison’s website can be accessed by clicking on the link here, it is full of extra information, story snippets and other material that fleshes out the world of Tallulah Riley and her Tree Sisters.

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