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Gidget Was interesting to learn Gidget was based off a real girl and it was at times a fun coming of age storywas 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 foul mouthed bildungsroman about a girl who loves surfing and wantsthan anything to prove herself Sure, it s not quite as literary the colour red doesn t mean anything here but it has the breezy narration, the focus on the self, the general time period 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 foul mouthed bildungsroman about a girl who loves surfing and wantsthan anything to prove herself Sure, it s not quite as literary the colour red doesn t mean anything here but 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 squeaky clean 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 cross country 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 brother in law 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 sense but either way, they call it an orgy in the text Compared to the malt shop 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 Sally Field esque good clean fun But this one must have made its way into plenty of teen girls hands in fact, my edition includes a picture of the author and his daughter the real Gidget signing copies for other teens and 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 girl based 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 without picking any boy, choosing instead to race out into the bitchen waves she loves and wondering if all along, she hadn t just loved the surf hide spoiler This book is fucking great, all right It s GREAT If everyone has to read The Catcher in the Rye and I think they should, because I really like that book , everyone should have to read Gidget, too It s a novel that deserves a revival.Funnily enough, back in 1957, Kirkus said that this book was n ot important, but there will be those to find that the gidget with her impudence and innocence is a cut widget Sidebar If you know what a cut widget is, please advise Of course, they couldn t predict that there would be sequels, movies, tv shows, stage productions, or the opening up of surfer culture to the United States as a whole That s right, you can thank Gidget for helping make the Beach Boys music salable to the world This book is important, andimportantly, it s a delightful slice of Americana in the voice of a bright, sassy teenage girl Not to be missed My English Comp Teacher Mr Glicksberg Says If You Want To Be A Writer You Have To, Quote, Sit On A Window Sill And Get All Pensive And Stuff And Jot Down Descriptions Unquote Glicksberg I Don T Know What Kind Of Things He Writes But I Found My Inspiration In Malibu With A Radio, My Best Girlfriends, And Absolutely Zillions Of Boys For Miles I Absolutely Had To Write Ev I must admit I was disappointed by Frederick Kohner s Gidget Here are some things you should know 1 It was originally published in 1957 2 It is to some degree based on a true teen girl named Kathy, nicknamed Gidget 3 Fredrick Kohner, the author, based the book on his own daughter and on his own daughter s coming of age story 4 It is set in Malibu in the mid 1950s 5 The book became popular enough that a movie was made 6 Presumably the movie and book were doing so well, it became a TV I must admit I was disappointed by Frederick Kohner s Gidget Here are some things you should know 1 It was originally published in 1957 2 It is to some degree based on a true teen girl named Kathy, nicknamed Gidget 3 Fredrick Kohner, the author, based the book on his own daughter and on his own daughter s coming of age story 4 It is set in Malibu in the mid 1950s 5 The book became popular enough that a movie was made 6 Presumably the movie and book were doing so well, it became a TV show There was something sweet and verging on innocent about the first movie and about the TV show Not so the book It may make itrealistic in some people s opinion 7 The book is written in first person.The heroine, Franzie, a.k.a Gidget, is fifteen years old and in love with the beach, the ocean, all things surf, including surfers no matter their age She considers herself all grown up, or, at the very least, mostly grown up I personally prefer clean or even squeaky clean books in terms of language This one has a lot of bad language, and, in particular a lot of taking the Lord s name in vain I was NOT expecting Gidget to have the mouth that she does, because that is certainly not depicted in the movie or the TV show Her days are devoted to the beach, to surfing, to hanging out with as many surfer guys as she can She becomes particularly close to two One being the love of her life Jeff aka Moondoggie and the other Cass Big Kahuna Perhaps because her first sex dream is of Jeff, she becomes convinced that he is the one and that they are meant to be together forever and ever and of course she must share her dream with him and tell him how much he means to her There is great longing and much curiosity in Gidget She s a boy chaser Also she wants to smoke and drink and be one of the guys She doesn t want to be thought of as a fifteen year old girl who should be at home with her parents Her thoughts are definitely becomingandfocused on one thing She s scared to death of it and longing for it at the same time When Jeff begins to show some interest in her physical interest she sthan okay being the other woman Who cares if he s got a girlfriend He s hers for the summer His girlfriend isn t here at the beach His girlfriend doesn t even surf Surely she s not worth any consideration Jeff s lips are HER LIPSat least until college starts back up in the fall One could easily say that nothing and everything happens in this one Nothing if you are looking at it in terms of events alone It s a bit repetitive Wake up Go to beach Follow Moondoggie around Surf Get sick for a week or maybe two Get better Go to beach Have awkward conversations with brother in law and parents Go to beach Sneak out to all night beach orgy Go surfing Make silly reflective statements about how mature you are now as compared to then Everything if you are looking at it in terms of capturing very angst y, awkward, embarrassing moments that may be common enough to one and all butcringe worthy than anything else One thing that makes it creepy, for me, is that it is a father writing about his daughter Even if it s fifty fifty in its origins half fictional, half based on true events people it s still a bit weird for me when I think about a father writing about his daughter s lust and curiosity There are just some scenes in this one that are uncomfortable if you keep this in mind Other scenes are just awkward Like when Jeff tries to explain to Gidget that dreams are dreams are dreams and not actual reality or signs from the universe that you belong together Reading the book did make me appreciate the movieThe changes made between the book and the movie were for the best, I think The romance comes across better, cuter My love for this book knows no bounds It never fails to put a smile on my face Gidget, Franzie, is a 15 year old girl, eager to grow up and enthralled by surfing in Malibu, CA She sets out to learn the sport, befriending an all boy surfing crew headed by the great beach bum himself, Kahoona.The story is told from Gidget s point of view, as she sets out to write about the most unforgettable summer she ever had so that when she s old she can look back on it fondly Her language is quintessentia My love for this book knows no bounds It never fails to put a smile on my face Gidget, Franzie, is a 15 year old girl, eager to grow up and enthralled by surfing in Malibu, CA She sets out to learn the sport, befriending an all boy surfing crew headed by the great beach bum himself, Kahoona.The story is told from Gidget s point of view, as she sets out to write about the most unforgettable summer she ever had so that when she s old she can look back on it fondly Her language is quintessential 50 s California speak And I absolutely love it And then there s Moondoggie, aka Geoff Griffin This guy He s not perfect but damn do I have a sweet spot for him and the boys haha There is no way on earth that I would have voluntarily chosen to read this book, but it was the selection for my book club this month It is the book on which the Gidget movies and TV series were based and is the story of real life Kathy Kohner now Zuckerman , who lived in Malibu and at age 15 fell in with the surfers at Malibu beach The book is written by her father and it amazes me that a DAD could write this book and uses what I assume is the vernacular of the beach set in the 1960s Thou There is no way on earth that I would have voluntarily chosen to read this book, but it was the selection for my book club this month It is the book on which the Gidget movies and TV series were based and is the story of real life Kathy Kohner now Zuckerman , who lived in Malibu and at age 15 fell in with the surfers at Malibu beach The book is written by her father and it amazes me that a DAD could write this book and uses what I assume is the vernacular of the beach set in the 1960s Though it is long on character description and teen age love angst, nothing really happens in the book Ever Unless you count the fire that gets set on the night of the orgy on the beach A 71 year old retired woman is definitely NOT the target audience for this book This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Two stars for the setting in Malibu and being a book about a girl learning to surf I understand it was popular in its time but the Gidget book didn t age well The book creeped me out and to explain it I have copied an example passage below from the books conclusion when Cass kisses Franzie Then he kissed me He kissed me like a father Different from Jeff Tender No teenage girl, further no one at all in the history of forever, has wanted a romantic interest to kiss them like a father T Two stars for the setting in Malibu and being a book about a girl learning to surf I understand it was popular in its time but the Gidget book didn t age well The book creeped me out and to explain it I have copied an example passage below from the books conclusion when Cass kisses Franzie Then he kissed me He kissed me like a father Different from Jeff Tender No teenage girl, further no one at all in the history of forever, has wanted a romantic interest to kiss them like a father That s gross Pretty awesome book for a beach read I finished it in a few nights You can almost picture Sally Field narrating the entire book It was great to hear a bit of the 1950s Malibu nostalgia as well A great read about a girl coming to age, her strong emotions of love, and the beauty of California surfing. So, this was fascinating I grew up watching reruns of the Gidget TV show, starring Sally Field as the bubbly surfer girl I also loved the movies, and the Frankie and Annette movies about surfing and beach parties What I didn t realize was that it was a book that started it all this book, obviously and that the book was based on a real life girl Frederick K hner was a Hollywood screenwriter whose daughter Kathy became obsessed with surfing at the age of fifteen She started hanging out all d So, this was fascinating I grew up watching reruns of the Gidget TV show, starring Sally Field as the bubbly surfer girl I also loved the movies, and the Frankie and Annette movies about surfing and beach parties What I didn t realize was that it was a book that started it all this book, obviously and that the book was based on a real life girl Frederick K hner was a Hollywood screenwriter whose daughter Kathy became obsessed with surfing at the age of fifteen She started hanging out all day at the beach in Malibu, before Malibu became THE beach to hang at, goofing around and surfing with a bunch of beach bums who had names like The Kahoona, Moondoggie, and Lord Gallo At five foot nothing, Kathy was soon dubbed The Gidget, short for Girl Midget, and was the first girl to be one of the crew With her permission, her father wrote down conversations that she had with her friends, interviewed them all, and had her tell him in detail what it was like to surf, to meet these guys, to live on the beach with no ambitious but to catch some bitchen waves Although light on story, I think Kohner captures something unique a new movement, a new language, a new lifestyle, before it became a fad Before Frankie and Annette were singing on the shore about young love, there was Kathy, the Gidget, hanging on the beach with Moondoggie, getting sideways looks from adults and running from the cops who wanted to shut them down This edition was also great, featuring an intro by Kathy, and with photographs throughout This was a strange and off putting book Gidget of 1960s TV and movies was based on a real person, Kathy Kohner, the daughter of screenwriter and novelist Frederick Kohner The summer she was 15, she spent all her time on the beach at Malibu Colony, hanging out with the surf bums and learning to surf herself, and her dad wrote this book based on that summer It s written from the point of view of Gidget two years after the fact, but possibly the combination of 1950s teen slang as voiced by the 5 This was a strange and off putting book Gidget of 1960s TV and movies was based on a real person, Kathy Kohner, the daughter of screenwriter and novelist Frederick Kohner The summer she was 15, she spent all her time on the beach at Malibu Colony, hanging out with the surf bums and learning to surf herself, and her dad wrote this book based on that summer It s written from the point of view of Gidget two years after the fact, but possibly the combination of 1950s teen slang as voiced by the 52 year old Eastern European author makes it readas if it were a conversation you were having with a crazy elderly relative who s telling you inappropriate stories at the family picnic The fact that Kohner wrote this during Kathy s surfing summer makes his descriptions of her fictional alter ego making out with her college aged boyfriend or the night that she thought losing her virginity to the 40 something Kahoona, who had been a father figure to her up to that point, disturbing to say the least Did no one say to him, uh, Fred You know this is your daughter, right Nonetheless, the book was a huge bestseller, which I think is fascinating in an anthropological way, but, aside from the creepiness, the book itself is not very interesting

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