undiscovered gyrl Review

PUB DATE: August 2009

Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett was released yesterday and I was lucky enough to get this copy from Tina who has read and reviewed this book so it see her review please check out her blog.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Only on the internet can you have so many friends and be so lonely. (Is that the turth?)

Beautiful, wild, funny, and lost, Katie Kampenfelt is taking a year off before college to find her passion. Ambitious in her own way, Katie intends to do more than just smoke weed with her boyfriend, Rory, and work at the bookstore. She plans to seduce Dan, a thirty-two-year-old film professor.

Katie chronicles her adventures in an anonymous blog, telling strangers her innermost desires, shames, and thrills. But when Dan stops taking her calls, when her alcoholic father suffers a terrible fall, and when she finds herself drawn into a dangerous new relationship. Katie’s fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge. Sexually frank, often heartbreaking, and bursting with devilish humor, Undiscovered Gyrl is an extraordinarily accomplished novel of identity, voyeurism, and deceit.

http://www.undiscoveredgyrl.com/ for more info.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Allison Burnett is a screenwriter in LA and the author of Christopher, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, and The House Beautiful.

MY THOUGHTS:

When I first saw the trailor for Undiscovered Gyrl, I knew I wanted to read the book. So when Tina offered it up at the meet up I couldn’t pass on the chance to get my hands on it.

The book is about a girl who is 17 years old and she goes by the name of Katie on her blog but apparently her real name is Amy. Katie blogs about her life which at times seems like your watching train wreak waiting to happen.

The whole book is done in blog forum which was really interesting. I found it to be believable and that it could be anyone writting it.

When she announces that she is taking a year off from college her mother tells her that she has to get a job. Lucky enough she stumbles up one at a use book store “Elysium”. When her mother’s boyfriend finds the deal too good to be true he decides to check the owner out and discovers he has a past with a record. Katie is forced to quit her job.

Luckily with a phone call from a guy who interviewed her for the college calls her when he sees that she has defered and is looking for someone to take care of his son for a short term with a possibility for longer. She accepts the job.

Between her drinking, smoking and drugs Katie has numerous sexual encounters with her boyfriend Rory, Dan (an older man), random guys and her boss. She was very detailed in her blog about this. With this I am not sure I would pass this book onto my niece unless I spoke to my sister first and told her about the book.

Its towards the end when its revealed what lead her life this way and its sad and you realize that it could happen to anyone and she tried to deal with it although not to the best of her ability. With and absent father and a mother who for what it appeared could care less about her she was looking for love in all the wrong places.

It was an okay read for me but not a favorite. I thought that Katie was just a little too graphic in details and wonder if it was all for attention or what. There was a few funny spots in the book that made me laugh. It did make me realize how annomymous we are online. We can be who ever we want and can say what ever we want and no one would know the difference.

My favorite quote in the book

We’re all famous in our own minds.

How true is that?

If you have read this book please let me know and I will add your link here.

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Comments

  1. This sounds interesting but maybe a little bit further down in my pile.

  2. I’ve known girls like Katie – they seem to think they have to have a boyfriend in order to have any worth – so I found this book rather disturbing.

  3. I think I’ll have to read this one at some point. I have read on Bermudaonion’s blog that she read it too and enjoyed it.

  4. I have heard about this book and now your review confirmed that I probably will not read it. The world is sometimes depressing enough and I am just tired of reading about damaged, sad young girls before they even truly enter the adult life and face the music. I want to for once read about a happy person.

  5. This sounds like a very interesting book — thanks for the great review.

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