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Withering Tights (The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, Book 1) Hardcover – 8 Jul 2010


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; First Edition edition (8 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007156839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007156832
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise Rennison lives in Brighton, a place that she likes to think of as the San Francisco of the south coast. Which is sad as it is nothing like San Francisco, being mainly pebbles and large people in tiny swimming knickers who have gone bright red in the sun. Although she lives in Brighton in reality, in her mind she lives somewhere exotic with a manservant called Juan.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Little Piggie on 25 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was slightly sceptical about trying a new series from a fab author, as with most things the second time round is never as successful as the first. But i have to say i genuinely enjoyed this book, in fact i think i prefer it to the georgia nicolson series! Although I think this one is possibly aimed at a slightly younger audience, but is still just as good for an older teen.
Tallulah Casey has just embarked on an amazing journey to......YORKSHIRE! Why? Tallulah is going to attend Dother Hall for the summer, a performing arts school with an extremely eccentric headmistress - Ms Beaver. As tallulah begins to make friends in the tiny village, the majority of which seems to be populated solely by sheep, several things arise. Is this going to Tallulah's Summer of Lurve?!; will she ever grow into her hated knees?!; will she make a further idiot of herself in front of the towns bad boy- Cain Hinchcliff AND most importantly will the knock kneed, nutty, tree hugging, irish dancing Tallulah "Lullah" Casey make it into the academy with all her mega talented friends?!
You will not be disappointed! Clearly all of Georgia's relatives are just as nutty, cool and hilarious as her! The book is slightly slow to begin with but after the first few chapters you can really get your teeth into it!!! LOVE! Roll on Book 2!!
Reviewer Age 14
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jess on 9 July 2010
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After receiving my copy of 'Withering Tights' from Amazon on the day it came out, I sat down to read it after eagerly anticipating this day for many many months, and trust me the wait was well worth it.

The story is about 14 and a half year old Talullah who goes to a summer performing arts college in Yorkshire called Dother Hall. As the cousin of the loony Georgia Nicolson, Talullah has of course inherited her silliness, and hilarious view on life. With her new friends, and the boys from the all boys school not far away they are bound to have some unsupervised fun.

Louise Rennison has created another fantastic book; fans of the Georgia Nicolson series will not be disappointed. I do have to say though, it was extremely funny, however I found the Georgia Nicolson series funnier, this may only be because there are 10 of those books, and only one of this new series. I am sure as we get further into Tallulah's experiences at Dother Hall the series will become even better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I read too much on 22 Aug 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a avid reader of the previous Louise Rennison series, i was surprised when i came across the new book in waterstones, having heard nothing about a new series of books! It looked promisingly weird, (from the picture of an owl on the cover...) and the nice man at the counter said he had read it and loved it, so i got it.
i was slightly scared that this new book wouldn't live up to the Georgia books, but after the first few chapters i realised that it was just as good (thank god!) Tallulah, the main character, is every bit a quirky as her cousin, with the same wanderings about boys, adults, and her body. it was nice to have a change of scene as well, from a average town-life to a small village in Yorkshire. the only criticism, and the reason i didn't give it 5 stars, is that it is very similar to the Georgia books.
well worth the money, looking forward to the next book, entertaining read :]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov 2010
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Georgia Nicolson is, without a doubt, my most missed literary character. It's just not the same without a new Georgia book every July, but luckily the hilarious Louise Rennison is back with a new series that's equally as wacky and *almost* as funny.

Tallulah is suitably nutty, just like her cousin Georgia (Yes! Cousin! Georgia is mentioned!). She's 14, never been kissed and on her way to a performing arts school full of loony teachers and students. Hilarity ensues, of course, and there's lots of talk of the Yorkshire moors, sheep, northern accents and scary owls called Connie. Oh, and many boys. After all, what's a Louise Rennison book without a handful of boys to choose from? My new personal favourite is crazy Cain, who just happens to be a bit of a dark-eyed stalker not far removed from Mark Big Gob. How these girls find boys like this, I'll never know!

It was always going to be hard for Rennison to live up to the Georgia books, but she's given it a good go. There are similarities to her previous series, mostly in the writing style and language used, though I was expecting that. After writing 10 books in the same series, I'm guessing it's quite hard to change your mindset and write something completely different.

Rennison has a certain formula, and that's what I love about her books: they're fun, mental and laugh-out-loud funny. They can be read again and again and, in my case, always are. I can't wait for the next volume, and Withering Tights is a great start to what I think could be a much loved series. Here's hoping Tallulah's knees look normal soon!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne @ Girls Without a Bookshelf VINE VOICE on 11 April 2011
Format: Paperback
Oh dear God this book is insane. It could have easily killed me with its hilarity, and to be entirely honest it might just be the most hilarious, most ridiculous book I've ever read. I wish I read this when I was younger - I'd have loved it! Or well...it could have easily killed me then. It's just too funny!

Tallulah Casey is seriously insane. In a good way. She is a character so full of life it's hard to not be uplifted whenever I open the pages and read about her adventures ... or I beg your pardon, misadventures. Her voice is genuine, and really a lot like a young teen. You can sense her naivety and insecurity, and it is easy to relive your very own interesting teenage experiences with her. Or compare it with hers, and with it comes the nostalgia. I think that's one of the best things about Withering Tights - as an adult, it not only filled with the the exuberance of a teenage spirit, but also made me reminisce the many misadventures of my own teenage life!

With a cast of equally vibrant characters with Tallulah, Withering Tights blossoms to a book with a life on its own. It's easy to get into the flow of the plot; apart from Tallulah's easy narration, one can expect hilarity at every other page, indignation in between, and a lot of fun mishaps sprinkled throughout.

A little caution on the narrative's tendency to exaggerate, though. Although admittedly, it is so very hilarious, at times it's bordering on stupidity rather than naivety - it's primarily what I disliked about the book, really. I felt that Tallulah as a character with brains was somehow sacrificed just so the humour could continue. My thoughts then, at those points were dominated by - 'surely no teen could be that stupid!' But there you go.

Having said that, I'm sure Withering Tights will be a hit for kids and kids at heart alike. It's hard not to like such a vibrant, hilarious book!
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