“A riotous look at growing up in a digital age.”
Goodreads: “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.
I read Girl Parts a while back. It was part of a package from Candlewick that included quite a few titles. I had many other things that needed to be read at the moment but the cover and synopsis pulled me in and I devoured Girl Parts in a day. John Cusick has a fantastic understanding of teens and the way they live in this technological age. The story albeit fiction was completely believable.
You start to understand David through Rose his companion bot. You can see the struggles David is dealing with in every day life even though he is one of the more popular kids in school. I love that Rose even though she is a bot becomes self aware and begins to question everything.
Rose’s struggle to self awareness is parallel to the struggle of a teen girl trying to find herself. I loved the symbolism in this book.
The company that makes Rose and the other models of companions has some secrets to tell. I hope we find out more in the second book! You should really check out the book website. It is full of win. Sakora: Solutions for Life.
Book Trailer for Girl Parts by John Cusick
FTC Disclosure: (Lame) I received this book for review from Candlewick Press.