Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Review: Girl Parts

"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.

--From Goodreads

Cover Inspection:
This cover caught my eye instantly because of the girl in the box! Girl Parts? I was intrigued!

First Thoughts:
This is pretty interesting!


My Review:
Girl Parts was definitely a book that I had to take a step back from in order to form a fair opinion of it. Truly, it isn’t like anything else that I’ve read lately! That of course if a good thing in some respects, unfortunately it also doesn’t give you anything to compare it to. So, after finishing I took a few days to step back and think about my initial reaction after finishing.

Let me say this first. The synopsis to this book cleverly leaves out a lot of what the reader will actually find in the book. When I read “…a stunning and hilarious debut…” I really expected something that would have me laughing out loud! I cracked open the book, dove in, and, well I was a little confused to say the least. Girl Parts was definitely nothing like I expected it to be.

Now that I’ve explained my initial reaction, let me say that honestly I really did enjoy this book. David and Charlie are wonderful characters, each completely different and yet linked by their “dissociative disorder”. I really enjoyed reading about each boy, and finding out what their motives were for being with Rose. As for Rose herself, she was fascinating. There is no other word to describe her! Rose makes the book what it is, and I was enamored with her the entire time I was reading.

There really isn’t much more that I can say without ruining the story line. John Cusick crafts a solid book, and I was happy with it. As I said there is a lot that you will find in the book that isn't present in the synopsis. Just know this, if you are going into this book expecting a laugh, you may or may not find it there. I suppose it all depends on your sense of humor. I’m left feeling a little wanting, but hoping that the next book (yes there is a rumor for a second book) will answer all the of questions I have buzzing in my brain.

Book Details
Title: Girl Parts
Author: John M. Cusick
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages: Hardcover; 240
Source: Around the World Tours

Final Rating:4 Keys to My Heart

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