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A surfing, boy-crazy teenager comes of age in the summer of 1957 in this classic novel that inspired both movies and television and created an American pop culture icon.

“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. Based on the experiences of his own daughter, Frederick Kohner’s trend-setting novel became an international sensation with an irrepressible heroine whose voice still echoes every thrill, every fear, and every hope that every teenager ever had about growing up.

Includes a Foreword by Kathy Kohner Zuckerman (aka the real Gidget)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425179628
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 773,939
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frederick Kohner (1905-1986) was the author of the Gidget novels, which inspired a series of movies, two television series, three telemovies and a feature-length animated film. He based the title character on his own daughter, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman.

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Gidget 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
HollyCara2007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
top teenage book of all time for me. this book is so much deeper and darker than you can ever imagine. it's not prime time sunny beachy peachy stuff at all. it's the true story of teenagerhood and unrequited love and the pain of growing up. i can't recommend it highly enough.
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gidgetmovielover More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.