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Undiscovered Gyrl

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    Look inside a troubled girl's life

    Written in blog form, this book is about a lonely, self-destructive teenage girl. When the book (or blog;-) starts, the un-named protaganist is at a stand still in her life: no ambition for college, doesn't want to work, feels she's been left behind while most of her friends go on to college. As the story goes on, her life starts to spiral more and more out of control. All the while, she's blogging it all for her reader's to get the inside view.

    I read this book straight through in one day. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I thought it was very well written, and the plot was like a train wreck: you know things will be bad, but you just can't look away. And, despite some despicable behavior by the main character, you can't help but root for her. It's a good reminder how someone's actions may show one thing, but inside they might be feeling very different.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Curiously Captivating "Undiscovered Gyrl" chronicles

    Curiously Captivating

    "Undiscovered Gyrl" chronicles Katie Kampenfelt's gap year between high school and college, a deferment she's hoping will help her "discover her bliss." Katie is sharp, sexy, and smart, and lots of ambition--but without much motivation to go with it, she's just not sure what to do with that ambition.

    Over the year, Katie keeps a blog to keep track of her thoughts and experiences. Through this blog, the reader gains insight into her romantic entanglements, insecurities and traumas, and both her deepest and shallowest desires--what the reader really gets, though, is a surprisingly well-done portrait of a teenage girl struggling to find out who she is and what she wants as the world around her moves on without her and the people in her life walk in and out--leaving various long-lasting positive and negative impacts.
    I found Katie endlessly fascinating, and even more so because of the fact that she is not someone I have been or would be around. Despite Katie’s various morally questionable and condemnable decisions, she still elicits great sympathy and intrigue from the reader. I found myself both smirking and sighing for her—a more emotionally accomplished novel might have left me laughing and crying. Despite the fact that she is only 17, Burnett does a good job at composing a well-rounded, believable, and utterly fascinating character.

    My review is negatively impacted by the novel’s conclusion. While I am not a reader who needs everything tied together in a bow at the end, this novel simply left too much out to even leave something to the imagination. Katie’s unreliability as a narrator is part of what makes her so fascinating, but this tactic undermines too much of Burnett’s work with the ending he has constructed. The reader is left without enough context or clues to be given the opportunity to come to any theories of their own. The abruptness suggest less of an intentional literary move on Burnett’s part, and more of a sudden realization that his story was coming to a close and he simply had no idea how to exit.

    Despite this, I would still recommend readers pick this up if they’re looking for a weekend read. Overall, it is an engaging character study and easy read that will leave a lingering impression on the reader—Katie is not someone easily forgotten.

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  • Posted October 12, 2010

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    Great Book... has everything in it. Humor sex drugs and life

    the ending had me thinking about the book for a couple days tho.. -_- lol

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  • Posted October 24, 2009

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    Allison Burnett: Master of Identities

    Allison Burnett is able to absorb every facet of his created characters so completely that each of his books gives the reader the feeling that the first person narrator is the actual writer. Visit his previous books - CHRISTOPHER: A TALE OF SEDUCTION and THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL - and try to be convinced that the idiosyncratic characters are not real and writing their own memoirs. Now in UNDISCOVERED GYRL Burnett further challenges himself by writing a novel in the first person who happens to be both a girl and a female artifice created by the media we now live by - the internet. He manages to make this Katie creation so credible that her incredibility works! Who is she really - spoiled mouthy high school graduate or the femme fatale she creates with the device of the blog?

    Burnett's writing style is so fluid that he makes this initially wild idea for a novel capture the reader's attention and makes us go along with the preposterous shenanigans of a character about whom we know little except for the persona she manufactures, scratching our heads at times trying to figure out how the deception will play out, while most of the time just voyeuristically going along for the ride. He knows is craft and after his sojourns into the edgy worlds of his previous two novels, he has the guts to pull us further into those places most of us only silently peek at as we surf the www. This book is entertaining as a novel: this book is a real examination of where we are now in this distorted world of quasi-real communication and identities!

    Grady Harp

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