Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fictional blogging for her life

Undiscovered Gyrl by Allison Burnett

Authors have always been told, "Write what you know," but as far as I can tell, this is a rule that Mr. Burnett has shunned totally. Had it resulted in an unsuccessful novel, would have been understandable, but amazingly, it doesn't. How a 50-something male author can get so much into the head of a teenage girl is totally beyond me. What's more, as far as I know, he has no teen-aged daughters of his own to draw upon either. Even if he did, I would certainly pray that he couldn't possibly have used that personal experience as a model for his protagonist – Katie – who is in such a mess, it is a wonder that she can even get out of bed in the morning. Instead, Burnett seems to have gotten a whole lot right here, and in his novel “Undiscovered Gyrl,” Katie is frighteningly realistic.


"Undiscovered Gyrl" by Allison Burnett published by Vintage, released August 11, 2009 is available on Kindle from Amazon, Nook from Barnes & Noble, other eReader formats from Kobo, as an iBook from iTunes, in paperback from The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), new or used from Alibris and Better World Books, or from an IndieBound store near you. “Undiscovered Gyrl” inspired the motion picture (directed by the author), "Ask Me Anything," staring Britt Robertson, Christian Slater, Justin Long and Martin Sheen.) 

This is a revised version of my Curious Book Fans review, which also appeared on {the now defunct} Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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