Gidget (Gidget series, #1)

Gidget (Gidget series, #1)Was interesting to learn Gidget was based off a real girl and it was at times a fun coming of age story...was a little weirded out that’s it’s written by her dad My edition of Gidget included introductory material that lauded the book as "The Catcher in the Rye for girls," and I couldn't stop thinking about that while I read it. I agree wholeheartedly, for what it's worth; Gidget is a surprisingly foulmouthed bildungsroman about a girl who loves surfing and wants more than anything to prove herself. Sure, it's not quite as literarythe colour red doesn't mean anything herebut it has the breezy narration, the focus on the self, the general time period (well, it's within 10 years, anyway), and a whole lot of references to phonies.

It's a quick read, and one I've been meaning to do for a long time. I'd read a review over a decade ago that, as squeakyclean as Sally Field's Gidget was, the real book was something completely different, but it wasn't until I was in Southern California for a week this summer that I finally got around to it. (And then it took me nearly a month to finish anyway, because immediately after leaving SoCal, I moved crosscountry. Whoops. But the actual time spent reading this was maybe a few hours.) I was delighted to find that that was indeed the case. Gidget says "bitchen" and "goddamn" constantly (BTW, did you realize the word "bitchen" is over half a century old? incredible), she fakes out her brotherinlaw and pretends she's gone ~all the way~ with one of the beach bums she's been hanging out with, and she goes to an orgy (in the "dancing, drunkenness, and singing" sense, not the "everyone's fucking each other" sensebut either way, they call it an orgy in the text).

Compared to the maltshop romances Beverly Cleary was writing at the same time, or to Lois Duncan's debut Debutante Hill, this book surely must have been Meant For Adults Only. Books marketed for teens at the time were much closer to being SallyFieldesque good clean fun. But this one must have made its way into plenty of teen girls' handsin fact, my edition includes a picture of the author and his daughter (the real Gidget) signing copies for other teensand it's hard for me to think that they wouldn't have been electrified by the book.

After all, it's the story of a girlbased on a real girl! one who gave her father access to her friends and encouraged the writing of the book!who's taken by a love of surfing and falls in with a motley crew of "beach bums" who gamely teach her the ropes. She gets a love triangle with the deliciously nicknamed Kahoona and Moondoggie, she gets in a little over her head with the whole beach culture thing, and she survives all of it. Best of all, she ends her story (view spoiler)

Frederick Kohner, born Friedrich Kohner, was an Austrian-born novelist and screen writer, both in Germany and the US.

He is best known for having created the "Gidget" novels, which inspired a series of movies, two television series, three telemovies and a feature length animated film. He based the title character on his own daughter, Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman.

❴Epub❵ ❤ Gidget (Gidget series, #1) Author Frederick Kohner – Stockbag.info
    The Catcher in the Rye for girls," and I couldn't stop thinking about that while I read it. I agree wholeheartedly, for what it's worth; Gidget is a surprisingly foulmouthed bildungsroman about a girl who loves surfing and wants more than anything to prove herself. Sure, it's not quite as literarythe colour red doesn't mean anything herebut it has the breezy narration, the focus on the self, the general time period (well, it's within 10 years, anyway), and a whole lot of references to phonies.

    It's a quick read, and one I've been meaning to do for a long time. I'd read a review over a decade ago that, as squeakyclean as Sally Field's Gidget was, the real book was something completely different, but it wasn't until I was in Southern California for a week this summer that I finally got around to it. (And then it took me nearly a month to finish anyway, because immediately after leaving SoCal, I moved crosscountry. Whoops. But the actual time spent reading this was maybe a few hours.) I was delighted to find that that was indeed the case. Gidget says "bitchen" and "goddamn" constantly (BTW, did you realize the word "bitchen" is over half a century old? incredible), she fakes out her brotherinlaw and pretends she's gone ~all the way~ with one of the beach bums she's been hanging out with, and she goes to an orgy (in the "dancing, drunkenness, and singing" sense, not the "everyone's fucking each other" sensebut either way, they call it an orgy in the text).

    Compared to the maltshop romances Beverly Cleary was writing at the same time, or to Lois Duncan's debut Debutante Hill, this book surely must have been Meant For Adults Only. Books marketed for teens at the time were much closer to being SallyFieldesque good clean fun. But this one must have made its way into plenty of teen girls' handsin fact, my edition includes a picture of the author and his daughter (the real Gidget) signing copies for other teensand it's hard for me to think that they wouldn't have been electrified by the book.

    After all, it's the story of a girlbased on a real girl! one who gave her father access to her friends and encouraged the writing of the book!who's taken by a love of surfing and falls in with a motley crew of "beach bums" who gamely teach her the ropes. She gets a love triangle with the deliciously nicknamed Kahoona and Moondoggie, she gets in a little over her head with the whole beach culture thing, and she survives all of it. Best of all, she ends her story (view spoiler)

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