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Undiscovered Gyrl (Vintage Contemporaries Orig) Paperback – August 11, 2009
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Christopher Rice is the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, and Blind Fall. The son of author Anne Rice and the late poet Stan Rice, he lives in Los Angeles. Read his exclusive Amazon guest review of Undiscovered Gyrl:
Undiscovered Gyrl is the blog of beautiful, blond, Katie Kampenfelt, an 18-year-old girl who seeks to record, for her own edification, the year following her high school graduation.
The novel begins as the diary of an ebullient, funny teenager, filled with the musings, mood swings, and escapades of youth. We are in her skin as she plots her break-up with her college-age boyfriend, battles with her mother, considers whether to sleep with a 32-year-old film professor, confronts a terrible truth about her new boss, and lands a new job as nanny to a newborn.
Soon, however, the story deepens into the engrossing record of a young soul in peril.
Gossip Girl this ain’t.
Allison Burnett's novel reads as both a searing glimpse into a tortured teenage psyche, and a skillful meditation on the cruel excesses of the Internet Age. Katie Kampenfelt's voice feels utterly authentic, disturbingly so, making for a protagonist who is as riveting as she is infuriating.
The story is revealed through a series of terse blog entries, but they are studded with haunting imagery and unforgettable turns of phrase. Ultimately, this is the dark tale of one girl's unquenchable thirst for love and acceptance, but Allison Burnett tells it with a fearlessness that elevates those time-worn concepts above the realm of Hollywood cliché.
Prepare yourself for a page-turning, single-sitting read that will leave you disarmed and disturbed and questioning your own engagement with the Internet's capacity for anonymity and fantasy.--Christopher Rice
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- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 0307473120
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307473127
- Paperback : 293 pages
- Product Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Vintage; Original Edition (August 11, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #878,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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(Warning...very minor spoiler)The one other thing I will address in this review is the ending... Katie does give us an indication several times, but when it comes, it's like a full on body blow - it's so unexpected that it hits hard. This is one of the elements that makes a book stand out. There are a few reviews that complain about feeling "ripped off" by the surprise ending. Admittedly it was unexpected, but for me, I don't think I'd enjoy reading as much as I do if every situation were predictable! I reiterate... MUST READ!!
The book might have been cribbed from blogs on MYSPACE, I don't know, but middle-aged parents HAD BETTER read this book if your children are on the computer all day. It is a realistic story of a coming of age in a dangerous world.
Parents: do you remember keeping things from your parents? Stolen kisses, sneaked cigarettes, going to parties you were warned against? You need to read this book, and see what your daughter may be keeping from YOU.
This book is an important new morality play, not to be missed by any parent, especially if your daughter is becoming a teen.
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On the one hand it's written in a way that makes you ask some really big questions.
In another - I hated the ending!
But hats off to the author for fooling you into thinking you were reading something trivial about the angst of a teenage girl. There's a lot of depth to this book and well worth the read, although it will leave you with more questions than answers!