Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett ~ Review & Swoon Thursday

I am on a bit of a YA binge at the moment, and had to dive in to the second book in the Confessions series immediately. I just love Rose and how much she has grown so far.
Title: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend
Author: Louise Rozett
Series: Confessions #2
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin

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Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

I picked up Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend immediately after finishing the first book, Confessions of an Angry Girl. Rose’s journey so far has been difficult and I was eager to see how she would handle her sophomore year. This book was a pretty difficult for Rose, as she is dealing more with her issues and her mother by going to therapy. She grew as a person and began to find her own path in life.

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend began with Rose watching someone else being harassed and bullied at a party before the year begins. It was sad to see this sort of thing happen because of what a person’s sexual preferences are. I was proud of Rose, lending a hand, even though it backfired on her and continued to be an issue throughout the book for her.

Rose continued to struggle emotionally throughout the story, but the issues tie more to her mother and brother. Attending therapy is hard, but I could see that both Rose and her mother were starting to open up. There were still situations at school that were hard for Rose and she dealt with it all the best way she could. I liked the change in Tracy, although at times it was hard for Rose and I sided with Rose in most of those occasions. Jamie… well, he is a tough nut, he opened up occasionally, but was quick to withdraw, and that really annoyed me.

What I loved the most… Rose coming out of her shell. She was a bit angry in the first book, but in this book she is voicing her opinions more, even if they get her in trouble. She became more confidant, tried knew things and had no idea what to do with compliments… that brought tears to my eyes!! She changed as a person and found her own image by the end and I just wanted to cheer for her!

This was a good follow up to the first book, but even if I didn’t read it, I would’ve understood what happened previously as the author gives you the details you might have missed in the first book. I liked the introduction of the therapy in this book, seeing her mother move forward and the change that brings to Rose’s life, and the introduction of a few interesting characters. I am looking forward to what happens next for Rose as well as her friends and family.

Complimentary copy provided by Harlequin Australia via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

He leans in and kisses me so gently I can’t breathe. For a moment, only his lips are touching me, and I think that I can extract myself, that I can figure out a way to get out of this kiss that shouldn’t be happening. Then his arms close around me and I can’t help myself.

There’s something simultaneously great and awful about kissing a guy who can melt you in a heartbeat. It’s exciting to be powerless when he touches you, but it also sort of sucks to be a slave to attraction. Suddenly you’re going against decisions you thought you’d made, and doing exactly what you know you shouldn’t.

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Lousie Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, followed by Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, both published by HarlequinTEEN. The next book in the series, No More Confessions, is due out January 2015. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freeman from THE WIRE, of course) in sunny Los Angeles, and pines for New York City. 

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