Gidget

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My English comp teacher Mr. Glicksberg says if you want to be a writer you have to—quote—sit on a window sill and get all pensive and stuff and jot down descriptions. Unquote Glicksberg! I don't know what kind of things he writes but I found my inspiration in Malibu with a radio, my best girlfriends, and absolutely zillions of boys for miles. I absolutely had to write everything down because I heard that when you get older you forget things, and I'd be the most miserable woman in the world if I forgot all about ...

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Overview

My English comp teacher Mr. Glicksberg says if you want to be a writer you have to—quote—sit on a window sill and get all pensive and stuff and jot down descriptions. Unquote Glicksberg! I don't know what kind of things he writes but I found my inspiration in Malibu with a radio, my best girlfriends, and absolutely zillions of boys for miles. I absolutely had to write everything down because I heard that when you get older you forget things, and I'd be the most miserable woman in the world if I forgot all about Moondoggie and what happened this summer. I absolutely owe the world my story. (And every word is true. I swear.)

This is Franzie, part Holden Caulfield, part Lolita. The guys call her Gidget—short for girl midget—and she’s a girl coming of age in the summer of 1957. Based on the experiences of his own daughter, Frederick Kohner's trend-setting novel became an international sensation and turned its irrepressible heroine into an American pop culture icon whose voice still echoes every thrill, every fear, and every hope that every teenager ever had about growing up.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Gidget makes one think of Catcher in the Rye."—Hartford Courant

“Shocking but wonderfully entertaining."—The Pittsburgh Press

"Gidget is delightful." —San Francisco Call-Bulletin

"An amusing, revealing and...touching picture of the uncertainty of adolescence." —Manchester Evening News

"Mid-summer madness about beach bums, surf boards, malibu and a fifteen-year old american answer to francoise sagan." —Los Angeles Times

New York Times
Touching and entertaining.
Hartford Courant
Makes one think of Catcher in the Rye.
Pittsburgh Press
Shocking but wonderfully entertaining.
San Francisco Call-Bulletin
Gidget is delightful.
Los Angeles Times
A fifteen-year-old American answer to Francois Sagan.
KLIATT
This reprint of the classic surfing novel will show modern teens a glimpse of a world they can only imagine, but one in which many of their baby-boomer parents lived. The refreshing story of Gidget takes the reader to a more innocent time, when, as a young girl living in Brentwood, California, she discovers the world of surfing. She also discovers that it is a world not normally open to girls, especially teenage ones, so this is also the story of a girl who must work harder and longer to meet the challenges and to prove herself in this demanding and often unforgiving sport. Written in first person, the story is actually the story of the real-life "Gidget," Kathy Kohner Zuckerman. Her father was a Hollywood screenwriter who wrote his daughter's real-life experiences into this novel, which was actually a jumping-off point for "Gidget" movies, TV shows and much more. The people and places are real and are legendary in surfing circles. The novel reads easily, like a diary with dialogue, so even reluctant readers will be attracted to it. To the reader, Gidget's passion for surfing dominates the story, but there are also timeless themes that will appeal to all teens. The most outstanding theme that speaks to the reader is whether to drop out of mainstream society to go one's own direction, or to conform to society's expectations. This will speak to today's teens even decades later as they make difficult decisions about following their own passions and finding their own way. There is some light profanity and there are also some sexual innuendoes, but these are consistent with the time period and setting and are mild compared to much of what is acceptable in today's literature. Overall, teenswill like this novel. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1957, Berkley, 154p. illus., Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Nancy Zachary; YA Libn., Scarsdale P.L., Scarsdale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425179628
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/2001
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 482,056
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Kohner is deceased, but the inspiration for his novel Gidget—his own daughter Kathy Kohner Zuckerman—lives in California by the beach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2010

    More mature than the movies, but just as good!

    I agree with the other reviewer that the language is "coarser" in the book than in the movie. The language didn't bother me because I felt like the book was much more realistic than the idealized movie. I also liked the Gidget in the book better than the movie version because she's more mature, although still a little naive. I was glad to see that the movie stayed very true to the book, the film was just a little cleaner. I am seventeen, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to any mature teenager who enjoys a book with a little romance and girl power.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Great book!

    This book is great for any teenage girl! It keeps you on the edge and will keep you reading on and on! I definitely would recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Surfs Up!

    Gidget is like the best book ever. Girl surfers rock! Surfing is my life and the best thing ever! All you girl surfers could take a lesson from Gidget! Gidget is so cool. My licence plate is GIDGET. All I have to say is read this book, it rocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    I Can't believe there aren't any other reviews for this excellent novel

    This is a story of a young girl who finds herself suddenly accepted by the guys and being the only girl surfer. This story is an excellent example of how you can be different and still be accepted. Instantly you fell in love with Gidget and for any girl or woman who has more guy friends than girlfriends you will relate instantly to Gidget. Read This Story if you have not already done so.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Didn't like it as well as the movie.

    I was looking forward to reading the book after I had seen the movie a few times and really enjoyed it. I, however, didn't really enjoy the book that much. The language was coarser than in the movie and "inappropriate" parts were more abundant and described in more detail than in the movie. I was kind of disappointed.

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