Hello, literary comrades!
Today is World Book Day, at least in Ireland and the U.K. (Other areas of the world will celebrate the event in April.) If you’ve never participated in this glorious day before, it serves to inspire the next generation to fall in love with literature by introducing them to authors and providing them with their very own books of choice. You can read more about it here.
The organization provides services for many ages of readers, including a must-read book list entitled “Writes of Passage”. Originally, I chose today’s featured quote from one of the 50 novels on that list, Louise Rennison‘s “Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging”, because of my own love for the young adult novel. Unfortunately, Rennison passed away earlier this week, so what began as simply a feature from a fantastic writer to represent such an appreciable day will now serve as a small tribute to a gifted and quick-witted author who changed many young lives. So, here’s to you, Rennison: You were one hell of a writer.
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If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading “Angus”, head over to her website to find out where you can purchase it: “Louise Rennison Homepage.” I promise: You won’t be disappointed. I know that as an adult it’s easy to bypass young-adult literature, but “Angus” is a novel that shouldn’t be missed. It never made it to the small, Midwestern town I grew up in, so my introduction to it didn’t come until I took a young-adult course in my early 20s. I fell in love in this book, so much so that it is still part of my personal collection of novels.
Love a great collection of quotes? Emily Drabble at The Guardian put together a list of the best Rennison quotes: “Louise Rennison’s Greatest Quotes Ever.”
Fellow Rennison Fan? As a tribute to Rennison, Jillian Capewell wrote an article for the Huffington Post that will warm your heart regardless of your age: “5 Things All Louise Rennison Fans Know to be True.” Here’s an excerpt: “It was both hilarious and scandalizing to my younger self, but throughout the series, Rennsion normalized the so-called embarrassing inquiries that arise when you’re easing into sexuality and adulthood.”
To put into words the grief Rennison’s fans are feeling, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett at The Guardian wrote a great tribute to the author: “Goodbye, Louise Rennison – You Captured the hilarious horror of girlhood.” Here’s a sneak peek: “Rennison’s death is a huge loss to young adult fiction, and I have no doubt to her family and friends, but I know that her funny novels will continue to speak to girls for generations. As Rennison wrote: ‘She who laughs last laughs the laugh ingest.’”