Undiscovered Gyrl
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Undiscovered Gyrl

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Only on the internet can you have so many friends and be so lonely.

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.

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Published August 11th 2009 by Vintage
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First thing's first: The "gyrl" thing bugs me. In fact, there are a lot of things that stem from the blog format that bug me. I cringed at the typos. Is it too much to ask for our heroine to use Firefox?

So this book started out as a set of entertaining blog entries from a 17 year old who is fooling around with someone 15 years her senior. I might have related to that just a bit. But it didn't take long for me to lose my ability to relate to "Katie". It took a turn for the serious, as she became...more
Serra Swift
Mar 31, 2010 Serra Swift rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in teen culture and blogging; readers who enjoyed "Go Ask Alice"
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This seems like a real account of someone you probably know. A real girl telling a real story about something that could really happen. But yet, it's never really boring. Burnett writes it in a way that feels like you're sharing juicy gossip with one of your best girlfriends, constantly.

Definitely a chick book. Or maybe even a very sensitive boy book. But classified by gender or not, it's a story that will actually bring up true emotions and maybe even make you remember painful anecdotes of your...more
E. Anderson
I was sucked into this voyeuristic mess from page one. Katie Kampenfelt is seventeen, and already everthing our mothers warned us about. Her blog chronicles her excessive drinking and drug use, her sexcapades with her boyfriend and the older man she's sleeping with, and fantasies about her boss. The style, while gimmicky, is relevant - everyone has a blog, everyone thinks their life is newsworthy. And while Katie's blog is indeed different from the rest, what she's writing is nothing you would w...more
Okay, for once I'm going to skip to my own little made-up synopsis. There are four specific words that sum up this story, in a nutshell: crudely honest yet deceitful. Straight-up. The fact that it's written in blog-format is just a bonus, I swear. By the time you get through the first few posts of self-knowing to self-questing, you're hooked. I got a head-ache from reading straight from the start to page 174. ('Course, that could have been also because it was the middle of the night.) The sexual...more
Kelly Hager
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's a compelling read, to say the very least. It's definitely good. But the word that I keep coming back to is "disturbing."

A blurb on the back says it's basically an updated Lolita, except that she's telling her own story on a blog. For me, though, it reminded me of Blake Nelson's Girl. That one was about a freshman in high school and Undiscovered Gyrl is about a girl who should be a freshman in college, but she deferred her acceptance for a year.

Allison Burnett: The 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 i...more
Trisha W.
This is a difficult review to write. While I liked the book a lot it was still different.
I liked it because it was written in blog form. I have read books written like diaries but never blogs.
Some other things I liked is that the author makes you feel for Katie. She is a troubled teen who drinks, smokes, has a bad relationship with her father, and sleeps with older men. You can't help but feel sorry for her.
Saying this, there are some things in the book that were very bold and detailed. Like Kat...more
I got this from ShelfAwareness. It was an easy read - breezed through it in a day. I understand that the movie rights have already been sold & they are making a movie of this with Miley Cyrus in the lead role which seems appropriate.

This is a series of blog entries which on the surface sounds like it might be something different & cool, but in reality reads just like any other book done in diary form. The story is pretty basic & the characters are fairly stereotypical. I didn't reall...more
The back cover for "Undiscovered Gyrl" declares "only on the Internet can you have so many friends and be so lonely."

That statement sums up a lot of the life of first-person narrator, Katie Kampenfelt. Katie has decided to defer her college for a year to find out what she really wants to do in life. She chronicles this journey via her popular blog that picks up a lot of hits, comments and e-mails about Katie and her lifestyle.

"Undiscovered Gyrl" is told in the conversational style of a personal...more
Alisha B
Honestly, I was surprised by the book. It’s set up as a blog-to-book, and in it you watch as the narrator (the definition of the “unreliable narrator” to be sure) grows as a blogger, and disintegrates in some ways as a person. The idea of being able to be completely open in the anonymity is, at first, a relief and exciting thing for her, later it seems to be something that pushes her to more extreme and outrageous behavior… if for no other reason than to get a reaction from her readers.

17 year old Amy has just decided not to go to college for a year and to kill time she begins to write a blog. Writing under the name of Katie she begins to amuse her readers with tantalizing tidbits of her life. By changing names and pertinent facts she is able to keep her sordid tales about sex, drugs, drinking, and the dysfunctional relationship with her parents and much older men, anonymous.

Amy longs to be discovered and truly loved, but there is so much about herself and life she needs to d...more
From the publisher:

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.

It seems like a great idea, an awesome book along the lines of If I Stay or Wintergirls . Just watch the trailer.

The publisher continues:

Katie chronicles her adventures in an anonymous...more
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...more
This is a fairly bold, explicit book, not because of the content, but because of the heroine. In the tradition of "Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous, this book is written from the first person perspective of a 17 year old girl. She starts a journal and angles it to maximize attention and shock from her readers with her candor and her dangerous, risky sexual escapades. This is not a titillating book, it's a sad book. Over and over your heart will break for the honestly authentic voice of the main charac...more
Wow. What a book. This is a story about a 17/18 year old girl - it is told in blog form. The main character is not a likable person. She is on the verge of becoming an alcoholic and is quite mean to friends and family. There are a lot of similarities between her and her father. This is good for a quick read. Spoiler Alert (sorta of): The reason for the 3 star is because of the ending. It seems like a cheap shot by the author.
I believe it was entertaining because it talks about sex, drugs, and anything that would catch a teen's attention. It didn't only catch my attention just because of the sex, it caught my attention because it addresses real problems and situations teens go through. It wouldn't recommend it to a friend because I was expecting a much better ending to the novel.
Jamshid Faryar
Even while she is being self-destructive, the 17/18 year-old author of the "blog," that is the text of this book, is self-aware, sexy and funny. Surprisingly, we think we get to know her and the people she writes about pretty well... but this is a blog, after all, on the internet, and we shouldn't be surprised if it's not "reality".
I had an ARC of this book, so the blurb on the back made me think the subject matter would be a little different. Though it wasn't what I was expecting, the book still grabbed me from the beginning. It's written in blog format, which means the narrator is a little annoying, since she's a 17-year-old girl. She's full of herself and thinks she's the hottest girl, excuse me - girl, ever, and nothing bad can happen to her. Like a blog, it was still interesting enough to keep reading. You feel like y...more
I think any young teen, growing up in 2000, should read this. A life stuck on the Internet and blogging. I thought it was well written and kept me reading.
I hated this book.
I came across Undiscovered Gyrl while browsing through the shelves at my local library. After reading the back cover, I chose it as an “I’ll give it a try” book, while having very low expectations for it. About 20 pages in, I was hooked!

Katie is a recent high school graduate with no job who put off college for at least a year. She lives at home with her mom and has a rocky relationship with her boyfriend Rory. Katie begins an anonymous blog and changes the names of all of her friends and family...more
The BookWhisperer
Undiscovered Gyrl was sent to me as a review book. Katie has just finished High School and has decided she is not ready to begin college. With some advice she decides that she need to document her time with a journey, but instead of keeping a record of her journey through writing she decides to keep a blog that details the highlights of her life. At this point I still felt this story had awesome potential, but once I began delving into this story I was quickly let down. The story is a long drawn...more
What can I say? I'm a sucker for these type of novels that are written in diary form. I think its because I'm such a nosy person. This book story line was interesting. An 18 year old trying to sleep with an man twice her age is always great lol. I love reading a book where the main character is just a pompous shallow bitch and that was who 18 year old Katie was, and though usually i hate people like that I had to feel for Katie because she was not all there. Though overall the novel wasn't a dis...more
Violet Crush
What attracted me to Undiscovered Gyrl was the premise. It’s about a girl who blogs anonymously and supposedly with honesty. She is a 17 year old teenager who lives her life without really thinking of the consequences. She has a boyfriend Rory who is more or less her age and she is also having an affair with an older guy whom she calls Dan and who already has a girlfriend. She takes a year off before joining college because she feels she isn’t ready.

She calls herself Katie. Although Katie lives...more
Going based on my three stars alone wouldn't be fair to the book. Did I like the book? Yes. Did I really like the book? No. But...

On the surface is a garish young girl telling her business without censoring herself. She talks about her sexploitations with unavailable older men, her abusive relationship with her boyfriend, the decline of her only friendship, and her drug and alcohol abuse. She doesn't paint a pretty picture. In fact, most people who read it might be offended in some way by some o...more
Katie decides to take a year off before she starts college and documents this time in a blog. Undiscovered Gyrl is that blog. It reads a lot like a diary in that it is a first person account in dated entries and since it is an anonymous blog it is filled with thoughts and actions that probably would not usually be shared. This setting, though, allows for some interaction between Katie and the people who email or leave comments and I think her response to them is sometimes even more telling than...more

When I first opened the book I thought, "Oh no, not another book in blog." I bought the book without opening it and sampling it. When I was in the store I turned it over and saw that it was a modern Lolita. That was enough for me to buy it. Lolita is my favorite book. But then I saw that the book was one long blog.

After about 100 pages I finally let myself get absorbed. Although, it was pretty childish in story and writing, I loved her brutal honesty. I wish I could...more
Amy Meyer
Title: undiscovered gyrl
Author: Allison Burnett
ISBN: 978-0-307-47312-7
Pages: 293
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Genre: YA Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

Publisher: Only on the internet can you have so many friends and be so lonely.
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...more
Loved this book. The ending took me for a surprise and left me wanting to know more. I keep trying to figure out what happened and solve the mystery, but the only information I have to work with is all based on her account. It makes you think, what is actually real and what is not? What issues, psychological or other, did she suffer from that we did not know about? Did she intend to deceive us in the end? Or are the other characters deceiving us? Most likely both. I'd love to know more about the...more
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Allison Burnett grew up in Evanston, Illinois, the son of a clinical psychologist and a Northwestern University professor. After graduating from Northwestern, he was a fellow of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School. His novels include Christopher (a finalist for the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award), The House Beautiful, Undiscovered Gyrl, and Death By Sunshine.

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