Girl Parts

Girl Parts

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by John M. Cusick
     
 

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"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

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763651954
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
677,993
Lexile:
HL590L (what's this?)
File size:
661 KB
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

John M. Cusick is a 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University. About Girl Parts, he says, “It is easy to feel lonely, despite the immediacy of technological connection. This is a story about human connections, how they catch us by surprise and challenge who we are.” A literary agent of books for children and teens, he lives in Brooklyn.

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Girl Parts 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
David is a popular jock. Charlie is an outcast who would rather spend his time alone or with his dad. Neither one, however, is very close to anyone. When David's parents give him an attractive female Companion robot designed to encourage social interaction, things get a little haywire. David wants more than Rose is willing to give - and she shocks him when he tries too much. After a turn of events, Rose finds Charlie, and both connect to each other like never before. Each boy experiences what love and loss are and how to deal with the consequences. John Cusick's story is an original, funny one that is very relevant in today's world of Facebook and texts. Though people can instantly be connected, they often aren't genuinely close. David and Charlie are typical teenagers who are experiencing just that until Rose, the gorgeous bot, comes along. She changes their perspectives after a few hard-earned lessons, teaching them that connections aren't immediate and that love is something we must work towards. Charlie and David are likeable enough, but I wish we got to know more about them. We didn't know much about their pasts, nor their daily lives. I would've liked more involvement between real life and their time spent with Rose. I did, though, enjoy the focus on Rose and her development of feelings and interactions with the world around her. It became an interesting ethical debate, whether Rose was something that could simply be turned off, or whether she had developed real emotions that allowed her to live. GIRL PARTS is a refreshing and humorous novel that brings up plenty of important questions about today's society. I recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary science fiction read that will have you laughing. On another note, I look forward to a hopeful sequel, as I wish to learn more about Rose and to find out what happens after that gosh darn cliffhanger!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually do not read y.a. but this one turned my head. It is a satire on technology as a cause of dissociative disorder, yet using even more advanced technology, like robotic girls, to improve human connectedness. I do not think most young readers would pick up on the humor of it as much as mature kids and adults. Good book to read with your teenager as it can help spark many discussions.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
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.
shesaxsensation More than 1 year ago
It was such a relief to be connected to a simple, 200 pager instead of big, chunky 400 pager. Don't get me wrong I love to read, but unless it's one of my favorite books, I can only take so much of it. Girl Parts was the perfect length, not too short and not too long. The characters were really fun to read about, especially Rose. Don't get me wrong, I loved Charlie and David was fun too, but Rose was just wonderful. I loved her curious attitude and also how pure she was! Girl Parts was a pretty quick read; there wasn't a lot of boring parts, but not a lot of exciting ones either. I felt like the story kept building up, only to realize that there wasn't much it was building up to. The story was good, I guess I just wish there was more (depth) to it. The whole idea behind Girl Parts was so interesting! I've never read a book about robots and now that I know what I've been missing, I'll have to check some more out.
JustReadItCLK More than 1 year ago
First, I LOVE the cover! It's gorgeous! I had HIGH hopes for this book and I expected this to be amazing. Sadly, I was let down. Maybe it was just me? I actually purchased the hardback AND the audio (they were on sale). To be honest, it felt like the book was meant for a young man (teenager) to read. To tell the truth, I felt disconnected. The word 'disconnected' is a perfect description. The story started out good, but sort of went down hill from there. I really wanted to love this book and it upsets me, because I didn't. Also, the ending was a major let down. Too many unanswered questions.
Rue1 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I thought that the topic would be interesting to read about. Every review I looked at basically said it was good or great. Then I got the book and read it and while it wasn't the worst book in the world I know I won't be buying it from a store or reading it again ever. While the plot for it sounds good it just didn't live up to what I thought it should have. I also wish the characters weren't so "dull". I don't like to use that word for them but there is really no other way to describe it. Over all, the book didn't completely suck because it did have it's moments but between David's pathetic attempts at being with Rose and his hook up scene along with a few other parts that could have just been better for me I kind of wish I just hadn't read it.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Not as good as I hoped, but still enjoyable. Girl Parts took a little while to get into - the first five chapters are all set up for the rest of the book, but once you get past that, it's enjoyable enough. It's not the best debut novel this year, but it's a solid piece of fiction. I liked watching Rose develop from a regular robot into something more - she reminded me a bit of Brennan from Bones, where she's trying to comprehend slang and the actions of those around her. (Though Brennan probably wouldn't do a striptease for a boy.) Dave was your typical teenage jerk, right down to the tee. And Charlie - love Charlie! I know a bunch of boys like him, so it was fun to watch his character. I dislike the ending. I just felt it was rather abrupt and didn't fit well with the rest of the book. There was no set up to expect something like this could happen. It wasn't one of those, "Gasp! I can't believe that just happened moments!" It was more like, "... that just happened? Why?" But it's a quick read - I finished it in about an hour - and the characters are relateable enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its good for some people and bad for others so im going with 3 stars ok and im single and a girl and needs love
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Creepy and georgeous, I liked this book.
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phenomenal-fanatic More than 1 year ago
Girl parts was an interesting original book. i liked the book because of the message but to me some of the characters were confusing in the beginning, and the part at the end with Rose really confusing because it happened really fast. But i loved the story line and the characters and the problems intertwined in Girl parts and i still recommend it to anyone looking for a good fast book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are many issues embedded in this sci-fi young adult novel. Would be a great book for discussions, whether a book club, reading group, or parents to read with their teens. Brings up many reckless things teens do, like drinking, sex, internet sites, with an overall theme of emotional connectedness. It's got it all. Who wouldn't want to read it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
she is a bot, no she's not! anyway, she's hot! great characters and entertaining story.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
GIRL PARTS, by John Cusick, centers around two contrasting high school boys dealing with the same "dissociative disorder" that they are diagnosed with. Companions are given to teens who are having face-to-face connection issues to learn boundaries of communication in "real life". In his debut novel, Cusick humorously explores the fate of those who are disconnected from society through technology. This book was a pleasant unexpected surprise. Cusick molded a story around two totally different teens (popular troublemaker versus unpopular nerd) and their link through one not so human Companion, Rose. Both these characters had me laughing out loud during awkward date moments and general male-hormone-driven thoughts. I liked the concept of the Companions. Through Rose's point of view we are able to see how technologically advanced the Sakora Solutions company really is (it's a bit scary too if you ask me!). Rose started off as pretty stiff in her movements and speech but through her "learning" she eventually looked and acted like any other female. She definitely won my heart with her innocence and downright sweetness. Overall, this book was definitely different and I think girls and guys alike will enjoy it. It was hilarious, romantic, and definitely bittersweet. I look forward to reading future releases from this talented author.
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The book basically is about very life- like blow-up dolls for teenage boys who are disassociated from reality. It does discuss an important phenomenon of today's rimes. Teens spend so much time online and playing video games that they are increasingly detached from reality with little empathy for others. In this story David watches a teen girl commit suicide on his computer, but fails to react by alerting anyone about what he's seen. This leads his parents to enroll him in a program that provides him with a Companion- the android like doll, which is supposed to help him develop that missing empathy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was stupid to me. I found it extremely addicting though i do think its worth it if you're bored but...