Review: Girl Parts
Oct • 14 • 2010
Title: Girl Parts
Genre: Young Adult-Science Fiction
Author: John Cusick
Publisher: Candlwick Press
Release Date: August 10, 2010
“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.”
I really expected more out of this book. I had high hopes for it but it never was what I wanted. I was able to read through it quickly, but found that that the plot needed something more…
David is disagnoised with being Disassociated. With this, his doctor prescribes him not drugs but a machine to help him become more associated with the world. David sees the machine as nothing but a sex toy. All he wants to do is make out and have sex it with it. Because of this problem with teenage boys, the company removes all girl parts from the machine, thus the name of the book.
David does learn somewhat of how to establish a stable good relationship. If he tries something not good, then he is punished by electric shocks. David learns quickly that he must earn trust and establish a relationship before even trying to kiss Rose.
Charlie is also a disassociate but his father did not approve of the program. When David gets mad at Rose, Rose runs into Charlie in which he helps her.
There is so much going on in this book with the three different POV’s going on. It was hard to keep up, but just to me too many story lines. Also I enjoyed Rose finally making up her own mind and doing what she needed to do. I wish I could see more from Rose POV rather than David and Charlie.
This book contains drugs, suscide, sex, and cursing. In all the book was an easy read, but nothing that I would read again.