A young writer down on his luck, wins a dream vacation to the California coast. Though he can't recall entering any contest, the opportunity is too good to pass up. Soon after his arrival, he meets a pretty surfer girl too wonderful to leave behind. But all may not be as it seems in this ethereal fantasy....
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surfer girl Reviews
Tom is an aspiring young writer hoping to produce a best seller. He just about manages to pay his bills by writing mind numbing verses for greetings cards companies. Vacations never come into the equation for Tom, it's something he simply can't afford. However, when he receives news informing him that he's won a two week all expenses paid vacation to the California coast he's over the moon. The fact that he doesn't remember entering the competition, doesn't spoil his anticipation, he just hopes his luck has changed.Tom invites his elderly neighbour Mrs Edelman to join him on his vacation, as she's kind enough to cook a meal for him now and again, but she declines, telling him to meet someone special while he's away.Tom does meet someone special by the name of Kathy, and is completely bowled over by her, he's never felt such a strong attraction, but things aren't quite as normal as they first appear!This is a short story where the author created a well rounded tale along with a sprinkling of magic. Suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride!
3.5 I was looking for a short read and something different from the thriller kick I've been on. A palate cleanser, so to speak. Tom is a writer and wins an all expense paid vacation from a sweepstakes that he doesn't remember entering. He meets a young girl and is smitten. They spend every waking hour together and he proposes before his vacation is over. She disappears. Vanished. Decades before there was a horrific accident and Kathy was presumed dead. This has a Twilight Zone quality to it. And like an episode from the Twilight Zone, Surfer Girl has a satisfying end. Because of the ending, I can almost forgive the uneasiness I felt with Tom's attraction to his neighbor.
"Surfer Girl" is an intriguing short story that invites the reader into a melancholic and eery world where we meet the protagonist, Tom, a writer who wins a trip to California. However, he can't even remember entering the competition. Immediately, I felt that I was part of this unusual existence - with Tom in an old apartment building where he has a special and perhaps, unorthodox connection with an older woman. Loneliness and a natural, reciprocal fondness for each other erases the fact that she is much older than he is. When Tom does remember this fact, he still can't tear himself away from her. He feels an intense connection and respect towards her.The author cleverly depicts everyday human behaviour, and the characters in the story and their peculiarities are cleverly presented. As the story progresses, I got swept away with Tom and his excitement to be near the ocean. I could feel the wind in my hair and taste the salty breeze as he spends time with a young, kind surfer girl that he runs into by chance and develops deep feelings for as they create special moments together."Surfer Girl" is a story about love and fate. However, it also invites the reader to ponder about life and to examine how each individual can be affected by fortunate or unfortunate circumstances.Much of the plot took me completely by surprise and I wanted to find out what will happen as I turned each intriguing page. I did shed a tear or two at one point, as the melancholic and tragic circumstances life throws at the characters is heart-wrenching.In the beginning, the author mentions that he hopes that readers will feel an "intangible magic" that will linger within their hearts long after they turn the final page. I think he definitely achieved this. It stayed with me and evoked deep emotions and invited contemplation about love and fate - about life. A thought-provoking and intriguing read.
Surfer Girl attracted me because I’ve recently written a story based on a similar theme of encountering a character who is not quite what she appears. Bobby Underwood’s tale is also recounted at the right length. The internet and e-publishing offer is freedom from constraints imposed by the physical demands of print publishing as either standalone novels or part of a collection of stories. Now it’s 100 words & up. Generally, tho’, I find this subject works best @ short story or novella length, as here.Yet, I had some difficulties. The narrator who wins the two-week vacation on the West Coast was simply too naive for me to accept - the man’s never flown on an aircraft before. He plunges from an extremely tepid life into wild romance. At least for me, it is absolutely necessary to decide whether one is writing “supernatural” or “realistic” fiction & stick to it. (A mistake some very stupid literary critics foist on Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. There the ghosts are either really ghosts or they are figments of the governess’s psyche & readers who elect the latter bores with crippled imaginations.) With Surfer Girl, I felt the actual status of the character the narrator encounters was vague, & it seemed the author wants to please both readers who love the spooky stuff like me and the “I don’t believe in ghosts” (as if the ghosts care) audience who want “realistic” stories. I also had a lot of trouble with the VW bus, which figures in the story both as a functional motor vehicle (tho’ with a tire puncture) and a wreck.The reason this kind of story works best at a shorter length for me is that otherwise I find myself with too many loose ends and awkward questions, as I did here despite the brevity. So, while this is an agreeable & pleasant entertainment, I fear it did not quite work for me.
Surfer Girl by Bobby Underwood. I am speechless. Anyone who knows me will find that hard to believe. In 36 pages Mr. Underwood has taken me for a wild ride. I'm reading along and I'm into it. Maybe the story reminded me of someone, some time in my past, but I'm enjoying this image of a guy on a vacation, meeting the love of his life. The story takes a turn and I'm talking a major 1-80. Next i go into depression mode, when here it comes again. Another giant surprise. What an impact in so few words. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a great story.
Deciding between 4 and 4.5Tom McGee wins an all expense "second chances" trip to California. He does not recall entering the contest but after a phone call determines that the trip is legitimate, he makes plans for his trip to California. The young writer (Tom) would even like to invite his neighbor (Mrs. Edeleman) to accompany him but she declines telling him to enjoy himself. Once in California, while driving to his hotel, Tom meets an intriguing young woman named Kathy who loves to surf. He is immediately drawn to her and wonders about the diner owner's questioning eye. He's happy, everything seems to be going great - is there more going on than meet's the eye? I don't want to say anything else about this book/short story/novella except that I really enjoyed it. Some unexpected things occur which leaves our protagonist (and the reader) scratching his head. The ending had a twist and was a nice surprise. Due to the number of pages, I do not want to say more about Surfer Girl as I don't want to give away too much of the story. Except that it was a surprise and I enjoyed it!If you like short stories/novellas, I highly recommend this one!See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com