2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Tina has read 4 books toward her goal of 30 books.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

REVIEW for Undiscovered Gyrl

Thank you goes out to author Allison Burnett for sending me a copy of her book.

TITLE: Undiscovered Gyrl

AUTHOR: Allison Burnett

GENRE: Novel

RATING: 4 Stars

Undiscovered Gyrl is a novel - but it actually reads like a non-fiction journal - detailing the musings/thoughts/feelings/emotions of a young girl who is determined to blog about all of her most personal life issues - covering one year of her life. This book is not for the faint of heart as there are some pretty steamy stories, such as the details of her relationship with a much older man. Which is only one of the more tintallating stories that she blogs about.

Although I am no prude, I found that, at times, this novel and the blog entries (under the guise of being the thoughts and life experiences of a young girl who is discovering herself) was trying to be a little scandalous on purpose. I think this is why I am not a fan of "blog entries" when they are part of a novel - because obviously these entries are not real and are not someone's life experiences - so its a little harder to accept them (for me anyway). I would find it easier to believe had they been really lived as opposed to simply imagined and penned.

Still, this book is strangely compelling which is why I gave it a 4 star. I could not seem to stop reading the blog entries - which, in my opinion, from the first entry show us that the young girl writing them has got some major issues to deal with and, indeed, as the book progresses and we get to read more and more - we find that this is one seriously screwed up girl.

Reading this book was a little bit like watching an accident, I know I should not be doing it, but it was strangely compelling. I am not sure about the ending - its kind of a surprise which, again, made me feel a tad manipulated - but this book was so unpredictable in many ways, that the ending does not surprise me.

I liked the down to earth writing style of the author and I have to give her points for writing a novel that completely engrossed me.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I was the same way - I couldn't stop reading the book, but I found it disturbing at the same time. I certainly hope the young women of today aren't like that!

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