Withering Tights by Louise Rennison is one of those books that had me laughing from beginning until end. With words like "Corkers" (boobs), "corkie harness" (bra), snogging (making-out), and "apple catchers" (huge pants that are big enough to hold apples), how does that not make you laugh??
As you can probably tell by the title, it does mention Wuthering Heights quite a bit. I guess the story can be compared to the classic novel, but MUCH less whiny, and no tragic love story; but the similarities that stuck out the most were that one of the boys was named Cain Hinchcliff (Hint: Heathcliff) and that Tallulah could be considered a more comedic dramatic version of Catherine.
Tallulah is the main character in this hilarious novel. She's off to "Art College" for the summer, which is a much better choice than her other one, which had her having to go camping with her little brother for the summer. What at first is supposed to be just an escape of having to go camping, turns into a hilarious summer of making friends, snogging for the first time, and the awkwardness of growing up.
What struck me the most was that even though Tallulah is hilarious and has a lot of funny things happen to her, she is SOOOO relate-able! She feels insecure about her body (her knees and "corkers" (or should I say, lack of "Corkers") are her main insecurities), she is trying to find herself (through music? acting? or maybe comedic skits?), and the awkwardness that comes with meeting cute boys.
By the end of the summer, Tallulah finds herself fighting to be invited back for the next summer; especially after being told she may not have a chance from her teachers, since she hasn't shown them enough talent. Will she be able to stay? Will she grow into her ridiculously long knees? Will she ever grow any "corkers"??? And will she ever meet a boy who likes her back?? There may just be more to everything than she realizes.
I definitely recommend this book if you like British humor (at a somewhat clean level), if you like Wuthering Heights (even if you didn't (because to be honest, I found it to be a sort of snore...), or even if you just want to read more about Tallulah and her "Corkers" bahahahaha (sorry, bad joke ;)).
It's really funny!
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