Amazon.com: 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. 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. Sexually frank, often heartbreaking, and bursting with devilish humor, Undiscovered Gyrl is an extraordinarily accomplished novel of identity, voyeurism, and deceit.
I found Undiscovered Gyrl to be a very original and strange book in the best way possible. It's one that demands discussion and would be perfect for book clubs. Seriously, if you've read it I really want to talk to you about it, email me!
I was initially attracted to the format of the book which is written to blog posts. I find this style of writing to be very engaging no matter what but the character and author of the blog Katie I found to be really interesting. I really liked her voice, she was really upfront and unapologetic with sharing the details of her life as far as we could tell. I wouldn't say she's easy to like but somehow I liked her, I probably wouldn't be friends with her but she was entertaining!
I had heard there was something big to the ending of the book so I admittedly sped through to find out what the big deal was. And while it wasn't the kind of big deal ending I had imagined it really got me thinking. I've talked to several people about it and we all see it a little differently which I find utterly fascinating. I really wonder what the author's intent with the ending was. I'm still thinking about it a week later!
And in case you hadn't realized the author is a man. I think he pulled off writing in a teenage girl's voice very well. Overall a really interesting book that begs to be discussed.
Undiscovered Gyrl will be released August 11th
The next stop on the Undiscovered Gyrl tour is a Q&A with the author at Ravenous Reader on Thursday, 8/6!