Monday, April 30, 2012

Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Summary:(from goodreads) 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.
Review: This book has a really unique premise and I have to say it was a pretty interesting read. Although, the plot was a little slow especially in the beginning, the message about what can happen from being to wrapped up in technology came through and made me think about things. I didn't really connect with David or Charlie all that much, but maybe that part of the idea of this story. Personally, I thought Rose was the most interesting to get to know as the story progressed. I thought this society was well thought out and some aspects of it are not to different from our own. I thought some parts of the story were kind of weird, I can't say more without spoiling, but the turn it took was kind of unexpected. I also thought the ending was a little bit unsatisfying, I was still left with questions at the end. Overall, this was a fairly good read and I would be interested if there is going to be a sequel, which I'm not sure about.

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