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I Was a Teenage Popsicle
     

I Was a Teenage Popsicle

4.4 9
by Bev Katz Rosenbaum
 

Floe Ryan was frozen - or 'vitrified' - at sixteen. She and her parents had a rare disease, so it was their only choice until a cure was found. Now she's been thawed and it's ten years in the future - but she's still a teenager. And her parents are still chilling out...

So now her little sister is her older sister, and she's making Floe suffer for every snotty

Overview

Floe Ryan was frozen - or 'vitrified' - at sixteen. She and her parents had a rare disease, so it was their only choice until a cure was found. Now she's been thawed and it's ten years in the future - but she's still a teenager. And her parents are still chilling out...

So now her little sister is her older sister, and she's making Floe suffer for every snotty thing she ever did. It's hard getting used to... not to mention a new school, new technology, and a zillion other new things that happened while she was napping in the freezer. Luckily, she has Taz, the hottie skater boy who was a popsicle too, so they get to reintegrate together. But now they're trying to close the Venice Beach Cryonics Center - with Floe's parents still in it! It's up to her to save the clinic and her parents - so she can finally have a somewhat normal life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425211809
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 7.16(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bev Katz Rosenbaum, a former fiction and magazine editor, lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. She hopes to spend the rest of her life channeling her inner sixteen year old and writing teen chick lit novels.

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I Was a Teenage Popsicle 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The only thing that may separate Floe Ryan from being an ordinary teenager is how she was a popsicle. Well, not the ones you eat, more like the popsicle that is used to describe someone who has been frozen. That is correct, Floe was frozen--or the better term may be vitrified.

At the age of sixteen, Floe and her parents had unfortunately caught an unusual disease, which doctors then did not have a cure for. They were introduced to vitrification, or the process of being frozen until doctors or scientists find a cure for the problem. Luckily for Floe, she was cured from her disease along with the ultra cool Taz, a skater boy whom was also frozen because of catching the same disease.

The only bad thing for Floe finally being thawed out is that it took ten years. So now everything around Floe has changed. People are starting to skate in the air, not on the ground. And her once little sister, who was the only one in the family to not be frozen, is now Floe's older sister. Not only that, but the hope for her family to reunite may not even happen since her parents are still frozen and the chance of them being thawed out is slim to none. The Venice Beach Cryonics Center, where Floe and her parents were vitrified, is now being sued and could most likely close down.

So now Floe has to find a way to save the center and her parents. Adjust to her new life and surroundings. Get used to her little sister now being her older sister. Make new friends who are literally ten times younger than she is and to deal with the typical guy problems. Floe may have some problems, but she can deal with them, right?

Don't let the title I WAS A TEENAGE POPSICLE throw you off. Sure, it's a little weird, but the plot is most definitely original and the novel includes characters that will keep you on your toes. Bev Katz Rosenbaum does an awesome job to paint what the future may look like in your head, and does an even better job to create an awesome cast of characters. The sequel to I WAS A TEENAGE POPSICLE, titled BEYOND COOL, will release on August 7, 2007. It can not come soon enough. Another great read from the Berkley Jam titles.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I don't think the writing or the plot was particularly remarkable, but there was something in it all that drew me in. I wasn't flipping pages manically or anything like that, but it was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading. I think the whole futuristic world that the author created was a little far-fetched, but it was just wacky enough to be fun and entertaining to read about. The unitards, sked-pets, and hover blades probably won't happen in the next ten years, but there's a thing about the future world that is undeniably drawing to me. You know how your parents told you stories about how things were so much different in their childhood? It'll be cool to see the stories we're telling our children in 20 years. Will they be as appalled at our ruggedness as we were by our parents'? I think that single aspect of the book was what drew me in. Because really, other than that, there wasn't anything hugely amazing about the story. The plot was predictable as was Taz and Flo's relationship, and the ending was perfect and happy. There needed to be lots more excitement, but I think the book did fine because of its actual subject matter. So although I Was a Teenage Popsicle wasn't terrific, it wasn't horrendous either. I'd recommend it and I myself will try to get to reading the sequel, Beyond Cool, soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing that may separate Floe Ryan from being an ordinary teenager is how she was a popsicle. Well, not the ones you eat, more like the popsicle that is used to describe someone who has been frozen. That is correct, Floe was frozen--or the better term may be vitrified. At the age of sixteen, Floe and her parents had unfortunately caught an unusual disease, which doctors then did not have a cure for. They were introduced to vitrification, or the process of being frozen until doctors or scientists find a cure for the problem. Luckily for Floe, she was cured from her disease along with the ultra cool Taz, a skater boy whom was also frozen because of catching the same disease. The only bad thing for Floe finally being thawed out is that it took ten years. So now everything around Floe has changed. People are starting to skate in the air, not on the ground. And her once little sister, who was the only one in the family to not be frozen, is now Floe's older sister. Not only that, but the hope for her family to reunite may not even happen since her parents are still frozen and the chance of them being thawed out is slim to none. The Venice Beach Cryonics Center, where Floe and her parents were vitrified, is now being sued and could most likely close down. So now Floe has to find a way to save the center and her parents. Adjust to her new life and surroundings. Get used to her little sister now being her older sister. Make new friends who are literally ten times younger than she is and to deal with the typical guy problems. Floe may have some problems, but she can deal with them, right? Don't let the title I WAS A TEENAGE POPSICLE throw you off. Sure, it's a little weird, but the plot is most definitely original and the novel includes characters that will keep you on your toes. Bev Katz Rosenbaum does an awesome job to paint what the future may look like in your head, and does an even better job to create an awesome cast of characters. The sequel to I WAS A TEENAGE POPSICLE, titled BEYOND COOL, will release on August 7, 2007. It can not come soon enough. Another great read from the Berkley Jam titles. **Reviewed by: Randstostipher 'tallnlankyrn' Nguyen
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I've always said, books that attract me are the ones with really clever, original plots ... and this is definitely in that category. Actually, it's so unique it fits in that elusive category agents and publishers are constantly seeking: HIGH CONCEPT.¿¿¿Author Katz Rosenbaum has created a teen character (Floe Ryan) who is frozen (cryonics) along with her parents because of some rare disease they carry. Now it's ten years later and she's unfrozen, so must learn to cope with all the changes that have taken place during that time. One of the hardest problems is the trauma that comes from being different in the eyes of her classmates. Equally hard on Floe is that her younger sister is now her older sister. And what teen can't imagine the consequences that could arise from a 'combustible' sibling situation like that?¿¿¿Unfortunately, her parents are not thawed yet, and when a problem arises at the Cryonics Center, it's up to her to help solve it. Adding to the intrigue is a hottie boyfriend, Taz, who ... But that's enough of the plot don't want any spoilers here. You'll have to RFY (read for yourself).¿¿¿This is a hip book set in a hip California clime, a book that you won't want to put down until the satisfying ending. Chick lit at its best ... with an exciting touch of sci-fi to add to the broader appeal.¿¿¿Congratulations to Ms. Rosenbaum on an awesome job of structure, characterization, dialogue, description and all the masterful writing that creates a terrific book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't too heavy, a fun and light read. Also fast paced. I really liked the main character Floe, I'd be friends with her. I like the way Rosenbaum touched on kids in school and how cruel they can be and what it's like to not fit in with the cool kids. She make it positive to be different. I definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay, this book was good to pass the time. i mean, it was sort of slow and confusing in the beginning. i didn't get into it as fast as other books. even so, when i did get into it, i couldn't put it down. the idea of this book is really creative and cool, plus the characters are lovable, but the writing was a little bland and boring in some spots. the story could've been told better than it was. even so, i do recomend this for anyone who's looking for a quick read that's imaginative and creative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel was fabulous, I recommend it to any fans of sci-fi or chick lit. Rosenbaum meshed the sci-fi elements of the novel in very well with the life of a teen girl. Floe, the main character, was such a realistic teen girl, which is so refreshing to see. Teen girls are very difficult characters to write convincingly, most authors make them either too shallow, too stupid. Bev Rosenbaum did a wonderful job of not making any of the aforementioned mistakes. She keeps up the pace of the book and the plot is really interesting, to say the least. Definitely a great book for girls (and boys!) anywhere from 10-90!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taz'll definitely make you melt! And warning -- be nice to your kid sis!! Can't wait for the sequel. Bev's my new must-read author. Hope she's thinking screenplay. Popsicle -- the movie. I'm first in line!!