Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson books (the series that begins with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging) combine the agonizing adolescent dorkiness of Sue Townsend’s early Adrian Mole diaries with the girly self-obsession of Bridget Jones. If you’re looking for a masochistic alternative to watching a teen movie, this is an excellent choice.
Aftertaste: None, so long as you know what you’re getting into. While these books are undeniably funny, most of that humor is cringe-inducing.
Other Recommendations: The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot