Review: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison Published by HarperTeen on June 28, 2011. Hardcover, 274 pages $16.99 US


From Goodreads:

Wow. This is it. This is me growing up. On my own, going to Performing Arts College. This is good-bye, Tallulah, you long, gangly thing, and hellooooo, Lullah, star of stage.

Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. And some new mates. And maybe a boy or two or three.

The ticket to achieving these lofty goals? Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course. She’s bound for the wilds of Yorkshire Dales–eerily similar to the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights. Tallulah expects new friends, less parental interference, and lots of drama. Acting? Tights? Moors? Check, check, check.

What she doesn’t expect is feeling like a tiny bat’s barging around in her mouth when she has her first snog.

Bestselling author Louise Rennison returns with her trademark wit, a hilarious new cast, and a brand-new cheeky heroine who is poised to discover plenty of opportunities for (mis)adventure!

Dear Book Reader,

So, Tallulah Casey is off to some performing arts program for the summer.  Crazy friends await, bodily changes aren’t coming as quickly as Tallulah hopes (and honestly are just over-focused throughout the book), and boys – can’t forget about the boys.  Or the owl and the little owlettes.  Yes, there is a reason for the owl on the cover.  The random little owl.

Tallulah goes through the summer, doing the best that she can with the work that’s been given to her and her friends.  The work involves different acting skill, dancing, and putting together an adaptation of Wuthering Heights for the end of summer performance.  Tallulah has multiple problems, often related to her gangly pre-teen/teenage body.  This point it made more times than it ought to be.  There are first with boys from another nearby school (just for boys…Tallulah’s school is just for girls).  First dates, first kisses, first…ackward conversations.  On top of all the firsts and acting, there’s an owl, whose’s just had owlettes.  This owl tends to dive bomb anyone who walks into the barn and is just not a friendly creature.  Apparently the owlettes are nice enough to be picked up, out of the nest and touched, though.  Isn’t that something we’re always told not to do because then the parents won’t come back?  I don’t know much about birds here.

Does Tallulah make it through the summer program?

How do the boys make or break Tallulah?

Does Tallulah’s body ever catch up to the thoughts she has about it?

This book was really just okay.  It’s on the juvenile side of the YA genre, which is not the side I typically read from.  It had it’s humorous storytelling parts that had me laughing, but there were also major distractions.  Constant “so-and-so said”, “he said”, “she said” before whatever was said by whoever in a conversation really annoyed me.  I don’t know if that’s something that has stuck out to me in other reads before or if it was just this book.  It seriously made me want to just skim the conversations happening.

Although I didn’t totally enjoy this book, it was a good break from some of the heavier books I’ve read lately.  “Withering Tights” is a quick read as well.  Which might be a good thing considering how back and forth it was.  There were a lot of British words and phrases throughout the book as well, so be ready for that if you choose to read this.  Honestly, I hope this review helps you make a choice because it was a pain to write.  I guess I still can’t find all the words to describe how much I disliked this book.  It takes a lot for me to truly dislike a book.  I’m giving the second book in this series a shot before totally throwing it off as a series I won’t continue reading.

Series: Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, #1

Stars: **

Recommendation: No…I honestly can’t recommend this book.

Read On,


This book was checked out at my awesome public library!