December 27, 2011

Review: Girl Parts

Title: Girl Parts
Author: John M. Cusick

Published: August 10, 2010
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Page Count: 218
Format: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal “companion” develops a will of her own? A compulsively readable novel from a new talent.
David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world.

My Review:

It definitely wasn't what I had expected it to be.

Girl Parts, by John M. Cusick, seems to be a book about how disconnected people are coming in this new era of technology. And as always, there are people trying to make money off solutions. And from there the company Sakora takes a part of this tale. It designs female machines, which are bought by families whose son's seem to be disconnected from society.

It sounded like it could be a good book, and it was an okay plot. I just think that the book just wasn't for it. It didn't really click to my liking. I really liked Rose's character though. It was excellent. You could see the transition from machine to human-like. It showed (if sometimes a little extreme) how a girl can get hung up on a guy then the aftermath when jerks just dump them to the side when they get (or don't get) what they want.

Overall, I give it 2.43 stars out of 5


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