words kill, words give life

undiscovered gyrl

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on September 10, 2009

Undiscovered Gyrl is composed of fictional blog posts by a seventeen-year-old girl using the alias “Katie.” Her life is pretty much a mess – even her blog readers know and email her about it. When Katie takes a year off before college, she’s left almost friendless at home with her mom and her mom’s annoying boyfriend Mike.

Katie’s boyfriend, Rory, is needy and sometimes mean to her and she doesn’t really even like him. Despite this, she won’t break up with him because she doesn’t want to be even more alone. She’s really in love with Dan, a thirty-something film professor. Katie and Dan spend their time together watching movies, getting high and pretending their relationship is not about sex.

Despite Katie’s realistic and sad troubles, Allison Burnett’s book is easy to read. He convey’s her as a confused girl simply looking for her bliss in the real, often blissless, world. Picture Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Wetlands.

I normally don’t like trailers for books, but I think Undiscovered Gyrl‘s isn’t that bad:

What I did not like about the book was the ending. Burnett’s conclusion was soap operaish and seemed to grab desparately at a seriousness greatly at odds with the tone of the rest of the book.

Perhaps, as with the adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s the movie will get a new ending. The leading contender to play promiscuious and borderline alcoholic Katie in the film is Miley Cyrus. Can she carry it off? I have my doubts.


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