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Undiscovered Gyrl

The novel that inspired the movie ASK ME ANYTHING

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


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.

"Imagine an 18-year-old Lolita, updated for the 21st century, blogging her own provocative adventures. By turns charming and crude, disturbingly reckless and achingly tender, Undiscovered Gyrl seduces you into her downy arms, locks her long legs around your waist, and doesn't let go." — Rachel Resnick, author of Love Junkie

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 08, 2009 – Written as a blog, this debut novel stars Katie Kampenfelt, who types away at her very own Internet reality show. A sassy suburbanite teenager who defers college for a year, Katie takes a job as a nanny for a wealthy family and chronicles her day-to-day life online in the time of Netflix, Barack Obama and Internet lingo. The divulging blog entries start in October 2007 and end in May 2008, instantly gaining popularity as Katie confesses her promiscuous behavior and charts her uncensored thoughts and emotions. Her audience provides constant feedback, both supportive and critical. She notes that only on the Internet can one be both lonely and popular simultaneously, which is a comment on our culture and being 17. When Katie's admittedly superficial arrogance is under control, she is insightful and hilarious, exposing her fears and insecurities. Name and event changes in order to keep the blog's anonymity are disappointing, a fiction within fiction, and raises the question, what is truth? On the Internet, who is really anonymous? Perhaps our dear Katie wasn't such an undiscovered gyrl after all. Burnett's novel is intriguing, but seems at times contrived.

Customer Reviews

Very good

Honestly I thought I would get bored after the first,chapters but I ended up finishing it that night can't wait for a movie to come out. Loved it I bought several copy's for my friends. Jess blacks .

Ask Me Anything

To be honest, I read this book for only one reason. That reason being that the movie based off this book, Ask Me Anything was on Netflix and appeared to be a really good film. I read it and was extremely excited to see the movie so I immediately logged onto Netflix and watched. Unfortunately, the movie didn't do ask great a job as the book does to truly showcase Katie's emotions that seemed to be difficult to write onto her blog. Also, pointless things were changed in the movie that didn't change the plot whatsoever such as the little boy's name was Cole in the book but Kyle in the movie which was quite frustrating when keeping track of a "fiction within a fiction" as a previous review described the novel as. Both the book and the movie were overall quite enjoyable but both were standalone pieces so I wouldn't suggest reading then watching!

Undiscovered Gyrl
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 11, 2009
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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