British author, Louise Rennison, who published twelve books with Harper Collins, has passed away. Very few details about the author’s death have been made public. Harper Collins Executive Publisher for the Children’s Division released a statement earlier today, in which she shared, “Publishing Louise was a joy. She was beautiful to know and saw the funny in everything.”
If you were a teenage girl at some point in your life, you probably came across the book Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. This was the first in a ten book series called The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson. The series chronicled Georgia’s adventures in friendship, dating, and sisterhood.
Rennison’s second set of books, Wuthering Tights and A Midsummer Tights Dream, feature Georgia’s younger cousins and a new set of friends as they attend an all-girls drama camp in the Moors of England.
Every book Rennison wrote was hilarious and full of warmth. Her first book was released in 1999, and is still just as appealing to teenagers seventeen years later. Rennison wholly understood teenagers in a way that most writers strive for. Georgia and her friends did stupid things that teenagers do. They saw boys and immediately fell in love. They were embarrassed by their parents. They boldly experimented with makeup and fashion.
As a big sister and cat lover, The Confessions of Georgia Nicholson appealed to me on a deep personal level. I got behind all the wacky antics that Georgia pulled, and though they rarely worked out, I rooted for her every step of the way. These books also support a close bond between women, something that my best friend and I emulated through the series. As “grown ups” we still use the term “nippy noodles” to describe how cold it is out, because of these books.
Young Adult literature lost a gem of a writer, and I, along with many other avid fans, will miss her dearly.