A TRIBUTE TO LOUISE RENNISON

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"'He says we should take it easy and that maybe he overreacted a bit.' Dave said, 'A bit? That's like Hitler saying 'Oooh I just meant to go for a little walk and accidentally invaded Poland'"

So, this is a very different post from the usual fashion, beauty and lifestyle content that I post but last week I learned of the passing of one of my all time favourite authors and I really felt the need to write about it.

Louise Rennison's series 'The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson' were the books that changed me as a teenager. I remember the day I picked up Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging for the first time and I honestly don't think I've ever laughed as hard in my life. The books defined me, I grew up at the same age as Georgia and having a female protagonist that I could identify with so much was pivotal in how I dealt with so many things at that super tricky age. One of my best friends loved the books too, and each of the quotes holds such special memories for us - we used to quote the books non-stop when we were together and have whole sleepovers dedicated to reading them together.

Our Dad's became El Beardo and Il Ministrone, and we both had small mascot toys for our dance competitions named after Angus and Gordy. Both of us were firmly Team Dave and I don't think either of us really liked Masimo-although that could change now that I have my very own Italian Stallion.

I'm devastated that Louise has passed at such a young age, but I'm overjoyed that I discovered her books and have so many incredible and hilarious memories thanks to her. I don't have any of them down in London with me but I'll be downloading them all on Kindle once I get paid and will definitely be re-reading them and enjoying them once again from a slightly more grown up perspective. I can guarantee I will still snort out loud at every joke and probably (definitely) embarrass myself on the tube too but I'm not even slightly ashamed.

And to end this little tribute, I'm going to leave you with one of my favourite ever quotes from Georgia Nicolson:
"A nod is as good as a wink to a blind badger"

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