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Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett

August 2nd, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description: Only on the internet can you have so many friends and be so lonely.

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.

I have to warn you that this book can get pretty intense and kind of leaves you in a stunned state when it’s done.  The book is written in the format of blog posting by a 17 going on 18 year old girl as she chronicles the downward spiral her life is headed in.  If you are a parent she is sort of your worst nightmare of what your child may be up to.   I did not find her character very likeable yet she seemed very real which was even more surprising when I found out the author, Allison Burnett, is male.  I found this book to be like watching a train wreck.  It’s horrible watching what Katie is going through and the choices she makes yet you won’t be able to stop reading until you find out what happens in the end.  Speaking of the ending it came as a total shocker to me and leaves a lot open for speculation.  This is a definite must read book.

I don’t want to ruin the ending for those who haven’t read it.  If you have read it and had some thoughts on the ending highlight beneath this line to see what I thought.

The ending came as a total shock to me.  I guess I held out hope that Katie would continue her therapy and eventually make it out of pit she dug herself into.  It bugs me that there was no concrete conlusion as to what happened to Katie.  Do you think we are supposed to assume at the end that it was the remains of Katie that was found?  If so was Glen lying and did he kill her?  Or maybe Paul to prevent his wife from finding out about the affair?  He didn’t seem the type but since Katie apparently made up a lot of the later posts who knows what was the truth.   Any thoughts?

Posted in Books, Young Adult

8 Responses

  1. thefishie

    Feminist studies person? Isn’t the girl with a “y” an indication of that? :)

  2. dsuzuki

    LOL. Could be.

  3. Belle

    This sounds like a very intriguing book. It’s not normally the type of book I go for, but the intensity you describe is very tempting.

  4. Tashiana

    haha train wrecks. you just can’t look away. I saw the trailer for this and it is sooo drool-worthy I had no idea a guy wrote it!

  5. Raelena

    Sounds intense. I imagine I would be cringing a lot if I read this.

  6. Wrighty

    I got this one too and read a little of it before I put it aside to finish other reviews first. Even at the beginning you can tell it will be intense. Thanks for the warnings for younger readers too. I look forward to reading it.

  7. Becca

    I read this and didn’t know what to make of the ending. I’m still not sure how I feel about it but it certainly had me thinking.

  8. Briana

    You know, I had read what this book was about and seen it around but never thought much of it. However, your review has definitely made me want to pick it up and read it.

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