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The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews

The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli is a novel written as a hybrid of a bizarre television script. With prose resulting in quick, readable, deftly crafted scenes. What starts off innocently told through the voice of a 12 year old girl (Beatie Scareli) is the story of how the young girl tries to make sense of her life through a nickelodeon view of the world.

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Paperback, 236 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Marshmallow Press (first published July 22nd 2008)
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Oct 22, 2008 C.B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
Surreality Rewind
by C.B. Smith

Fear is palpable, darkness looming; the netherworld of the darkness never sleeps. Beatie Scareli indeed has her hands full. An abusive father, a mother slowly slipping into Schizophrenia, a twelve year old girl hanging on for the terror trip as her world collapses, bring us face to face with a most unforgiving tableau. Emotional and physical abuse run rampant, while implications of sex, molestation, and potential rape are perceptively on the slow simmer. But the boi
Dec 29, 2008 Eddie rated it it was amazing
My heart aches for Beatie Scareli. There is so much sadness within and beneath and between every minimal description and absurdly matter of fact line of dialogue. I constantly look for stories that will instantly absorb me the way Ginetta Correli's "The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli" has. I feel every word, see every scene and smell every description. I have so much respect for writers who can create so much with so little. There seems to be magic in the placement of the words, in the structur ...more
Jason Pettus
Aug 19, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

Regular readers will know that I maintain about as liberal a review policy here at CCLaP as I possibly can; specifically, that I promise to review any book that any author bothers to take the time to send to me, even self-published ones, and in fact to give it the same thousand-word sometimes humorous
Apr 16, 2011 Ken rated it really liked it
Full points to Ginnetta Correli. The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli could have fallen flat on its face with what story-wise is well-trod ground: a coming-of-age tale of a teenage girl. But her bent, the life of the misfortunate title-character as told in a series of vignettes that play more like episodes from a warped sitcom, is original, gritty, raw, and heartbreaking. It is growing-up story as an open wound.

The best example of this is when Beatie’s mom, convinced that she is Lucy Ricardo, go
Jan 06, 2010 Brad rated it really liked it
I finished reading two works of intense beauty today, and their content couldn't be more different.

They left me sad, feeling those hollow places that are always inside me, wondering what could have been if I hadn't experienced an unrequited relationship like Tom Hansen's love for Summer, or if the abuse I'd suffered as a boy had been coupled with a mad mother who kept me always on the edge of chaos.

500 Days of Summer and The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli are different. They are. But so much of
Jul 30, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: Ginnetta! The author!!!!!!!!!!
I have finished the book. And it's yet another dark/twised book written by a GoodReader!!! (I'm beginning to think that you people were born of the same womb and perhaps need group regressive hypnosis to cure you of your dark and twisty ways, but what do I know...)

Beatie is a girl who you never really get to know. A girl who sort of slips through your day with little more than glance at best and a quick and quirky lie to your face at worst. We see snippets of a life. Is this how we see people in
J de Salvo
Mar 11, 2011 J de Salvo rated it it was amazing

A review of Ginetta Correli's "the Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli", by J de Salvo

"The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli" is the kind of book I love to hate, yet it's a book I love. It is -sigh- a coming of age story.

I love to hate coming of age stories. There are far too many of them, first of all, and secondly one always gets the feeling that the author is making that sloppy, common mistake which David Foster Wallace called "assuming the reader cares". Most coming of age stories are awful, speci
Garrett Cook
Jan 02, 2009 Garrett Cook rated it really liked it
The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli is a book that takes more risks than the rest of its genre.Your average lit fic bildungsroman depicts reality in a plotcentric realist mode that contradicts the frequent "the journey is its own reward" message or wishes to use the inner strength of heroine's going through a childhood hell to inspire in an Oprah books mode. Ginnetta Correli has written a book that would give Oprah pause. The adult world is ugly and nobody wishes to help. There is no good parent ...more
Jan 17, 2009 Stuart rated it it was amazing
A Hauntingly Disturbing Tale – Surrealism at its Best

Ginnetta Correli’s, ‘The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli’ is a uniquely crafted tale of a young girl living in a highly dysfunctional family, traveling through life’s extremes. We follow 12-year-old, Beatie Scareli as she faces many of today’s most horrific situations, abuse, undiagnosed mental illness, alcoholism as she attempts to unravel and solve her dire circumstances. The author has masterfully created the story as a television script, v
Oct 10, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Beatie is a girl that could be recognized by everyone yet seen by no one. Told in a unique television-script fashion, the book is an easy read yet characterizes the many layers we all as human beings possess. Beatie's story is a sad one but one that is all too common in the world we live in today. The story not only exemplies a girl's desire to be loved and accepted, but also examines the ways in which people choose to ignore situations and not get involved if it's going to interfere with their ...more
Nov 24, 2008 KrisT rated it really liked it
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In my mind I see the scene board ready to snap when action is called and the camera peers into the next glimpse of Beatie Scareli's life. Sometimes the camera pans in very close to the heart of what makes up this 14 year old girls family. On a good day the scene is sad and depressing watching a schizophrenic mother, a drunken step-father and an abusive real father. I can't imagine the reality of such scenes but this story makes it so you can't look away.
Mar 29, 2009 Indigo rated it it was amazing
Ginnetta Correli's writing is poignant without that forced, "overdone" feel so prevalent in many of today's books. This story of a teenage girl with an abusive father and a schizophrenic mother navigating through life in the 70's is subtle--which, ironically, is the very reason why it's so powerful. Truly unique. I couldn't put it down.
Jul 01, 2009 Corey rated it it was amazing
Correli hits all the bases in this marvelous novel, which often uses dialogue to drive the narrative. At times funny, at times harrowing, it at all times connects with the reader, and that is no small accomplishment.
Oct 06, 2008 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Correli's book is a dark, wild novel that shows great ambition. A very impressive book. It's insanely original, at times humorous, at times disturbing. Highly recommended. I look forward to seeing what Correli does next.
Nov 20, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing
I cannot get the humanity of this story out of my mind. The author allows the reader to form vivid images of each scene by a simple turn of suggestion leading to complexity. Reminds me of Vonnegut. I did not feel the book lacking as far as editing is concerned it should stay the way it is.
Dec 01, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it
Both terribly upsetting and terribly engaging, this book is crazy good, with the emphasis on the crazy and the good.
Cynthia Reeser
Review in Fort Polk Guardian, Aug. 8, 2008
Dec 29, 2008 Jill marked it as to-read
Sounds a little like Murakami
Oct 02, 2008 Maverick marked it as to-read
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Oct 07, 2011 Kasia rated it it was amazing
The seemingly bizarre world of Beatie Scareli can easily sync with that of the girl who sits next to me on the bus, with a friend or coworker, it can be anyone's reality, fantasy and fiction, strange and every day, surreal and real at the same time. California in the seventies has never been familiar to me since it was before my time and I have never been to the west coast but Beatie and her family, her home, school and hang outs were bright and clear in my head. The story line seems to resemble ...more
Robert Beveridge
Ginnetta Correli, The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli (Mushroom Press, 2008)

The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli is one of those titles I had heard about on the fringes of various groups I hang out on the fringes of, in the odd google alert, etc., for a few years, with enough frequency that I figured I would have to sit down and read it eventually. I have an ebook version of it, and when I found myself caught out one day with a two-hour wait, having just finished off Jordan Krall's Fistful of Fee
Walter Schoen
Nov 13, 2008 Walter Schoen added it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a young girl's reaction to harsh experience.
Recommended to Walter by: Found it at a literary arts fair.
Being experimental --- style wise it's a bold synthesis of playwriting and movie script ---this novel is a quick read.
However, Beatie, an adolescent girl who is coming of age in a pathological family, sears herself into one's consciousness until the reader is rooting for her to ... survive? overcome? find meaning?

Beatie's ability to accept outrages that might crush others (and often catalyze similar memories in the reader) implies an inner strength of which she is not yet aware. A strength we al
Dec 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was a quick, sad read and I wanted to finish it in one sitting to see what would happen. The only thing that I found disappointing is that the back cover says that the story is told from two perspectives, and I never got that. I only had Beatie's perspective and it was good, but I kept waiting to see the story from the the woman's lens that was supposedly watching this on tv. Perhaps I mis-read something? Overall, I liked it.
Jul 28, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
Written entirely in simple English with an unreliable narrator. If this is the kind of thing you like, you will like it. Almost everyone in Beatie's life is abusive. Anything good that happens is imaginary. The strength of this book is its ability to portray the struggle of a child to make sense of a life of abuse--the reader knows this is not how her life should be, but it is the only life the narrator has known.
Apr 09, 2009 Rhonda rated it liked it
This is an interesting book with just enough typos in it for me to suspect it is self-published. It tells the story of a seriously messed up family and a similarly damaged girl. It's a quick read and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Amy Madden
Mar 08, 2011 Amy Madden rated it liked it
Eccentric book to say the least. Terrible grammatical and spelling errors that made me cringe. Overall, it was a quick, interesting read.
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Ginnetta Correli works with video, sound, photography and literature as a medium. Often exploring under-appreciated conflicts within the human condition. Using a D.I.Y. approach with the goal of understanding abstraction and truth.
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