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Gidget Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Gidget's trials and tribulations convey all the horror, delight, confusion, and wonder of the teen years, from finding a pastime for which she has a passion (surfing), to the exultation, heartache (and, again, exultation) of her first real crush.
As Gidget takes the reader along on the magical summer of her fifteenth year, she also provides an in-depth tour of the California surf culture in the mid to late 1950s. Every sub-culture has its own lingo, and Kohner gives the reader a colorful, entertaining look at what has become an American Icon: the professional beach bum.
Each time I reread my faded, old copy of Gidget, I prayed that it would hold together for one more perusal. Imagine my delight when I found that it had been reissued! It may not be Shakespeare, but Kohner's "bitchen" novel is a classic of American pop culture!
The movie's great (the first will always be my favorite--Sandra Dee & James Darren are forever Gidget and Moondoggie in my eyes). But the book? Wow. Such detail. Such style!
How did Kohner do it? How did a German-born Hollywood screenwriter writing his first novel (about a girl's passion for surfing and surf bums and her transition from adolescense to womanhood) complete it in just six weeks!? Incredible! No doubt he's a superb writer and storyteller. He can write a delicious romance so wonderful that it puts most romance novelists to shame! I should know. I'm a passionate romance reader at heart.
The descriptions and dialogue are a hoot. I would burst out laughing and chuckling at some of the most witty lines imaginable. There are poignant ones, too--especially at the end with the Great Kahoona and Gidge--words of wisdom that got me misty-eyed.
The cover art's fantastic and the real photos of Gidget, her dad, and the crew is a real treat.
After having first seen "Gidget" years ago, I can't believe it's taken me this long to finally have read the book. Don't wait a second more! For teenage girls all over, this is the ultimate ride, a thrilling coming-of-age story during one girl's unforgettable summer that has inspired so many--then, now, forever.
Thank you, Kathy! Thanks loads!!! Without you this would have been lost only to memory.
I am very surprised at how modern the dialog sounds in the book reads given the decades. You'd swear that you're reading a "G" rated version of the old movies Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Collector's Edition) or Point Break [Blu-ray] because this is first book on the California surfer culture; bitchen, don't you think? Prior to this a narrative of the surfers and their lingo didn't exist and for the fifties surfing was quite alien. Remember, this is only 20 years removed from the Great Depression and 30 years removed from the Roaring Twenties. But the only concern of these surfers was the beach, catching waves, and living in a third rate hut on a stretch of California beach.
Frederick Kohner writes in a first person style of his daughter as the character of "Franzie". I quite enjoyed the story of a teenage girl in California. Now, what I enjoyed was the historical perspective. This girl innocently approaches a group of older boys who live as beach "bums". So, at no instance do we have to worry about the safety of Franzie. Her world has no guile. It is just full of wind, waves, surfers, boyfriends, and teenage things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I expected this yo be more about the real Gidget but found it was a reissue of the book her father wrote. There exerts about her life which I enjoyed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jan D. Gardiner
I enjoyed this one. It was a fun, quick read, and I found the characters charming. As a child of the 70s, my understanding of the late 1950s and early 1960s is rather idealized... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Char
So much fun to read the book and compare it to the movie, which I hadn't realized would be so different-- the ending in particular, which I won't give away. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MDS
Never having lived near the ocean, my knowledge and interest in surfing history has been minimal. I never even knew that Gidget's story was originally introduced a novel. Read morePublished 16 months ago by P. J.
It was exciting to discover that the iconic Gidget was a real girl. It was slightly odd that the book was written by the girl's father. . .from the perspective of the girl. Read morePublished 22 months ago by lee