Part One: Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett
Review by: Lauren
First off, I have to say this…it has Part One before this review because I’m not finished with the book yet. However, today is my tour stop date and I wanted to post what I’m thinking so far. You will therefore need to read the second half…it should be up sometime next week. You will find all contest details below, but know this: one winner will come from the comments on this part of the review and one winner will come from the comments on the other part of the review. Two chances to win if you comment on both, got it?
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.
Part One Review:
So far, I’m loving this. Katie has a very realistic teen voice and I see parts of her in myself and friends I know. I’m in college right now, but I’m not that much older than Katie in the book (she’s supposed to be 17) so it makes this novel a lot more relatable. It’s definitely a mature story when it comes to the sexual content, but it’s nothing overly graphic or extreme in my opinion.
The whole book is told through a blog, which is great, because I know all types of blogs are on the rise and since I have one myself, it’s once again something I can connect too. No comments Katie recieves show up in the book…you only have her talking to her various readers from their comments/emails by what she says in her blog posts. I like this because, of course, it would be really hard to show off all the comments for each post and it keeps us in Katie’s head…which is highly fascinating. I am however very curious to see what parts of Katie’s life is real and what she is making up. She says she changes details so nobody will know who she is in real life, but what else is she lying about? The summary seems to suggest that being online means being dishonest in some ways.
Overall, I give this book two thumbs up so far! It’s an interesting, unique, fast read that I think a lot of people would find appealing.
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