BBB Book Review & Giveaway - The Taming of the Tights

Monday, 30 December 2013

I'm doing things a bit topsy, turvy this month by posting my book review before my monthly mostly post. Both posts are late, and last month neither post made it to being published! Those of you that read this post will fully understand why though.

Anyway, I finished work for Christmas on 13th December, and I've been very lucky to have a whole three weeks off! During that time I've been catching up on some well required R&R, which for me always involves a good book.

"The tights run wild and free in the hilarious new novel from the Queen of Comedy! 

Tallulah Casey is putting all thoughts of wild boy Cain behind her. He is literally an animal in trousers...oo-er. Not like nice boy Charlie (who she's totally not thinking about either). The Tree Sisters are chasing those golden slippers of applause at performing arts college but Dr Lightowler seems hell-bent on spoiling everything for Tallulah. And with all her mates loved up, can Tallulah resist the call of her wild boy?"

Having previously read all of Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicholson novels, I was keen to read her new series, featuring Tallulah Casey, so when I was asked if I would like to review Tallulah's latest outing, I jumped at the chance.*

Tallulah and her thespian friends attend Dother Hall (or Dither Hall as its known to the locals) a theatre school in North Yorkshire, and the books are her diaries chronicling her (mis) adventures and pursuit of the local lads and Woolfe Academy boys. If you're a teenager, have ever been a teenager or remember being one, you will find this very very funny.

I would say that if you haven't read the previous books, you will struggle with this one, as you're not likely to have a clue who anyone is, what's going on, or what random phrases such as "the golden slippers of applause" and "corker-holder" (although I'm sure you can guess!) are all about. If you have read the others then you'll really enjoy this particular episode, as out of all three books, this is the one that made me laugh most often. Louise Rennison's books are always laugh out loud funny, and reading this one late at night, whilst my other half was asleep, was probably not the best idea!

I didn't expect to enjoy this, as I was worried it might be too similar to the Georgia Nicholson books, but I actually identified with Tallulah's character much more than Georgia, particular that feeling of not always quite fitting in and being a little on the outside. All three books end similarly, with performance for the locals, and I wonder how Rennison can keep this theme going, or actually whether she should deviate from this in her next book.

I really enjoyed this, and look forward to the next outing of Tallulah and the Tree-Sisters!

Now is your chance to win your own marvy copy of The Taming of The Tights! I've considered how best to run this, and rather than the usual Rafflecopter you-must-follow-me, tweet a gazillion times, and jump-through-flaming-bring-hoops malarkey, I thought I'd keep this one simple.

In order to be entered to win a copy of The Taming of The Tights, please leave a comment below telling me:

"What's your favourite laugh-out-loud, comedy book?"

Please also leave your email address in your comment so I can contact the winner easily.  I will then put all the valid entries into a hat and draw out a winner. I will run this for one week and any entries after the 6th Jan 2014, will not be counted. Only one entry per person.

Please do feel free to tweet about/share the giveaway if you wish, but this isn't part of the entering process.

Good Luck!

*This book was sent to me to review


  1. Is it wrong that I still find The Twits funny?x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  2. Interesting book) Is the giveaway international?)
    My favourite laugh-out-loud, comedy book is Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

  3. I'm not sure I've really read a comedy book to be honest! I distinctly remember laughing aloud while on a train reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. (so many funny moments in the HP series)

    1. I'm really childish and remember really laughing everytime I read the bit about the twins being called Gred and Forge!

  4. Mark Haddon - A Spot of Bother. For his hilarious portrayal of the characters, especially Ray. :) xx

  5. Great giveaway :) Sounds like good read! One of my fave comedy books is actually a very random one, its called Dear Coca Cola - couldn't stop laughing!

    vanillacrush (at) :) xx

  6. I love Louise Rennison books! Georgia Nicolson always used to make me laugh so much!!

    Favourite comedy book has to be '50 Ways to Find a Lover' by Lucy Ann-Holmes- it had me sniggering on the tube!

    Rosie x

    1. Sorry! Email is x


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