Review 953

Kerry is a gifted teenager who has been writing her blog since May of last year. She claims to have been tested as cognitively gifted, and indeed this is reflected well her many entries which describe her daily activities in details becoming of her. Living in a small village, she writes under the name of Guppy. In her own words these are “small, very vulnerable fish. As a species, they’ve been through a lot. In the beginning they were free and adaptable, but then they got domesticated, and now they have to be kept in bowls or tanks.”

When one sees this blog for the first time, it is not quite clear what the relationship is between the beautiful Ventura clockwork that appears at the top of the page and a Guppy. However, what does immediately impress the reader is the quantity that has been written. There is tons of stuff covering just about everything imaginable in the life of this dynamic teenager.

It is quickly apparent that Kerry is one who can write about everything without any problems. One imagines what it would be like actually being in the same room as she, her talkativeness being translated into volumes of text. She loves to write, that is for sure. Sometimes it can get a little long-winded and too specific, but the spontaneity of her writing style makes up for this potential wordiness.

The design of her site is simple and straightforward. There are the usual standard links available at the top of the page for: archives, bio, site, village, etc. For someone as young and dynamic as Kerry, one would expect brighter colors, as her choice does not really reflect the intensity of her thoughts. One notch darker text would make it stand out better. Also, the separate days and links are difficult to stand out clearly enough. Considering the length of some entries, this would be a nice visual breather.

Kerry does a good job and brings well to light the daily life of an American girl growing up as a teenage Guppy, breaking away from domestication, and discovering the world outside the fish bowl of her life.Most Definitely