Release Date: August 10, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
My Rating: 3 Stars
“Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, …more “Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate…”
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 to encourage healthy bonds and treat “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious red-headed Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed 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 uber-connected world.
Teenage boys will rejoice. Or whatever it is that teenage boys do. This book is definitely for them. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it, because I most certainly did, but I have always had a quirky boyish sense of humor. Girls Parts is about two teenage boys. Two very different teenage boys. One has everything he would ever want. The other lives completely off the grid. The only thing they have in common is Rose.
Girls Parts really was a lot of fun. It had me laughing many times. All the characters came through as very real. Even in this futuristic world. David was really unlikeable, but that was probably his parents fault.Charlie was awkward and authentic. You can’t help but cheer for him. Rose, even though she wasn’t really human, was star for me. Her journey from completely control robot to something resembling human was great to see.
John M. Cusick takes into account how technology both helps and hinders our world. How we can be disconnected and connected all at the same time. He weaves in all into a fun story that people are sure to love.