Tuesday, August 04, 2009

BLOG TOUR: Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett

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
Genre: Fiction
4/5 Stars

The next stop on the Undiscovered Gyrl tour is a Q&A with the author at Ravenous Reader on Thursday, 8/6!


  1. I'll be reading this soon because I'm touring it next week. We can talk after I'm done. I'm glad to see you liked it and interested to see it was written by a man. Great review.

  2. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and the ending did shock me and it also teaches a lesson. I would love to be able to discuss it with you and I agree it would a good book for group discussion.

  3. I'll be keeping my eye on the reviews for Gyrl as the tour continues. You've gotten my interest because I love books that make me want to talk about them.

  4. I just discovered this tour here on your blog and how on earth I missed this book, I have no idea. This sounds utterly fascinating and its written by a man. WOW. Now I really do need to get my hands on this book.

  5. Nice review! That sounds really interesting.


  6. I've heard of this book, but didn't know much about it. I love it when books are weird, confusing, etc., but "in the best way possible"!

  7. sounds really good. I'll have get me a copy when its available.

  8. I feel like books like this is the reason I started a book blog - to be able to discuss those amazing novels with others! Thanks for this review, I definitely want to read it now.

  9. Sounds good. Books that initiate discussion are the ones to look out for!

  10. This is the first I've run across this book. It sounds fascinating. Now I'm wondering about the ending and I can't even buy the book yet.


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