That statement sums up a lot of the life of first-person narrator, Katie Kampenfelt. Katie has decided to defer her college for a year to find out what she really wants to do in life. She chronicles this journey via her popular blog that picks up a lot of hits, comments and e-mails about Katie and her lifestyle.
“Undiscovered Gyrl” is told in the conversational style of a personal blog, complete with mis-spellings, grammar errors and drunk typing entries. All of that makes the novel a fascinating read as we get to know more about Katie and while we may not necessarily like her, we do at least understand a bit more about what drives her.
Katie is stuck in neutral while life seems to be happening around her. She yearns for a true love, but is clearly having some issues from her parents divorce. At several points in the story, you’ll wonder how much of what Katie is reporting here is true and how much of it comes from her own need to entertain the readers and friends she’s made on her blog. At several points, Katie is clearly concerned about her readership base numbers.
“Undiscovered Gyrl” is a book I liked but didn’t love. It’s not a three-star book, but it’s not exactly four. Call it three and a half.
Part of that is that despite having a compelling and readable voice in Katie, the character herself isn’t always likeable. Readers will find themselves conflicted on how to feel about Katie and her choices in the novel. Like life, some are good, some are bad and a lot of them have unintended consequences. What does come through time and again is Katie’s loneliness and desperate need to love and be loved. In that, the novel is haunting and some of the events later in the story will keep you thinking long after the book is through.