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by Louise Rennison
HarperTempest, 2003
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Apr 7th 2003

Dancing in My Nuddypants

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants is the fourth in the Georgia Nicolson series, and it sticks to the tried-and-tested formula.  Georgia is a teen girl living in England and these books are her diaries about her family, friends and boyfriends.  Maybe even more than in the previous installments, the most striking feature of Georgia’s writing is her funny way with words.  Describing a brief encounter with her boyfriend Robbie, who she calls “the Sex God,” she writes, “Quick visit to number four on the snogging scale (kiss lasting three minutes without a breath).  Yummy scrumboes and marveloso.”  However, Georgia faces a personal dilemma, because she is still attracted to her old boyfriend, Dave the Laugh, who is now seeing one of her friends, Emma.  The last book ended with her being in a room alone with Dave at a party, when she lost her self-control, and they accidentally snogged.  As she says, it was “a brilliant display of red-bottomosity.”  To put Georgia’s point more prosaically, she was shocked by her ability to act so shamelessly.  She wants to do the right thing, but she often finds that she can’t really talk with Robbie about her worries or achievements, while she was able to joke and talk with Dave the Laugh about anything.  So amid the craziness of her life – going to practice sessions of Robbie’s band The Stiff Dylans, being forced to help with the school pantomime, Peter Pan, a school trip to Paris, lots of time chatting and disco-dancing with her friends, looking after her little sister Libby – Georgia is also learning about relationships and how to decide on a boyfriend.  Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants is not quite as fabuloso as the earlier books in the series, but it still excellent stuff.  American readers will be grateful for a glossary at the back explaining some of the unfamiliar words, although I suspect that many will still be pretty mystified by much of Georgia’s vocabularly.

 

Links:

·        British edition of Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants

·        Review of On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God

·        Review of Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas

·        Review of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

 

© 2003 Christian Perring. All rights reserved.

Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.