Girl Parts

Girl Parts

by John M. Cusick

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Overview

From a debut author! What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal "companion" develops a will of her own? A compulsively readable novel from a new talent. (Ages 14 and up)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763649302
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About 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. 30 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.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girl Parts opens with a girl named Nora committing suicide to a live internet audience. David inadvertently witnesses the streaming video, and his parents become concerned. After a meeting with his guidance counselor they decide a robotic ¿companion¿ might be just what he needs. Companion Rose arrives in a box and David is immediately smitten by how lifelike (and hot) she is. Elsewhere is loner Charlie. He isn¿t one of the cool kids. He¿d prefer to spend his time studying plant life as opposed to partying with the popular crowd. When David breaks Rose¿s heart, Charlie must help pick up the pieces. The entire premise of this book was seriously clever. Dark at moments, yet able to make you laugh during others. This is really something special. It has the necessities to appeal to both male and female readers. Two interesting male protags, and a little bit of mushy romance for readers that dig that sort of thing. I was under the impression this would be a quick, light read based on cover alone. While it was fun, and I read it in just a few hours it packs a punch and makes you think.
roses7184 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
BookSwarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Final Grade: 80/C240 pagesYA Science FictionAvailable August 10, 2010Review copy won (thanks, WORD for Teens!)Recommend to students: Yes, with reservations (Content: sex, language)REVIEW: "Stunning", "hilarious" and "compulsively readable" all in in the same blurb? *headdesk* A tad much--there is such a thing as over-hyping a book. Usually, this turns me off (or, at least makes me second guess buying/reading it) but the premise was intriguing: boys disassociated from reality, unable to form solid connections with real human beings, given girl robots to teach them how to connect. While I wouldn't say this book was stunning or hilarious or compulsively readable, it was a decent story, and I can see my male students liking it, especially the hot bot Rose.David is a completely unlikable character, even though he's one of the main characters. He's rude and abrasive, a cliche rich kid who has it all and knows he has the "power" over his friends and his parents (especially his mom). After he watches a girl commit suicide live on her blog and does nothing about it, a school psychiatrist recommends a Companion--a robot girlfriend--to teach him how to connect with human beings. After realizing she's not just a sex toy for him (she zaps him with a big shock if he does things he's not supposed to), he actually spends time with her, teaching her things, and taking her to do things he likes to do (like go drinking in the woods with his flunkies and driving fast in his fancy car). But then he finds out something about her (nope, I won't tell--that's a spoiler!), he flips out and she runs away.Charlie is pretty much the opposite of David: little money, lives off the grid, doesn't have any friends/flunkies, and is smart. Plus, he was a character I could get behind, though I would have liked to see him stand up for himself a bit more. He's not good with girls but when he saves Rose, he takes her in and becomes her friend. Rose is an interesting character, being a robot. She comes out of her "egg" with one mission: to connect with David. At first, she mirrors his likes and dislikes but soon learns to think for herself. I liked reading about her development from that of a blank slate to a "real" girl.The beginning of the book was pretty stilted. It didn't really flow and took me quite a while to get into. Once Rose came into the picture, things picked up a bit. And, after Rose ran away, there were the guys from the Companion development company who were looking for her, adding an element of adventure. Not a bad story but not one of my top picks.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The disparity between the social positions of David and Charlie allows Cusick to show how similar they really are. Although David is kind of a jerk and Charlie is sweet, they do have a lot in common. It is through their separate experiences with Rose that readers come to see how she basically does the same thing for both of them. The changes that come about are not exactly the same, but it is evident that Rose is the catalyst for those changes.When Rose is separated from David (for reasons I won¿t disclose) Charlie gives her a place to stay. Because Rose was literally created to make David happy, the separation is tough for her. However, this gives Charlie a chance to let down his barriers and actually get to know someone, even if it is a bot. Honestly though, I¿m still processing how I feel about Rose as a character and her own journey. Charlie finds someone he thinks may be able to help Rose separate herself (emotionally) from David, and although the help wasn¿t exactly what Rose wants, a change does come about. While I see how this change was needed for Charlie¿s story arc, I¿m not sure how this actually helped Rose, which was Charlie¿s intention in taking her to the ¿Chop Shop¿ in the first place. There are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book: the role of technology, Charlie¿s awkwardness with people, the changes that come about in both David and Charlie as a result of meeting Rose. But there were aspects of the story that left me unsettled in a way I can¿t quite define.
galleysmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Girl Parts is an interesting look at how children of a certain age are disassociating themselves as a result of the growing use of technology. The primary focus is on two boys, David and Charlie. As one would imagine each boy leads life differently but both maintain the commonality of being marked by school leaders and parents who are concerned about their increasingly dissociative behavior.David is not lacking in the friend department. He and his compatriots are seemingly popular in a ¿rule the school¿ kind of way. There are undertones of bullying and hostility but it¿s not until he is found to have observed the online transmission of a tragic event concerning a school mate that his parents take any action. The resolution for what they consider to be this first step towards desensitization and disassociation is bringing Rose to live with them. The thing of it is that Rose isn¿t real in the human sense she¿s a robot. Built to be a Companion for boys on the brink she¿s specifically designed to provide a personal connection, a relationship, for her ¿boyfriend¿.Charlie is a boy who lives with his single father. The father, who treats Charlie more like an adult than a child, continually expresses his concern for his son¿s tendency to be isolated. Though what he doesn¿t necessarily know is that Charlie isn¿t isolated by choice he¿s a bit of a nerd (like his father) and that doesn¿t draw the popular crowd¿s attention. At least not the positive kind anyway. Charlie too is a potential candidate for a Companion bot but convinces those around him that he doesn¿t need that type of help.The two boys do end up crossing paths over time. Not only do they live near each other but they go to the same school and eventually come to the realization that they have a common bond. Rose.The most interesting aspect of Girl Parts is the way Cusick has built in so much irony. Parents want their children to have deeper personal relationships yet they don¿t use actual people to achieve that goal. These same parents want to distance their children from technology but then use technology as the catalyst for re-association. It¿s really quite enjoyable to dig into the motivations of it all.Does it all work out well? Hell to the no!Just like relationships with real girls there are expectations and difficulties. There is conflict and miscommunication galore. What Cusick shows us is that when all is said and done there is more bad to these ¿faux¿ relationships than there are with girls made of flesh and blood or even no relationship at all.Speaking of which, over the course of the book we see the different and complex relationships that both boys have with girls human and robotic alike. It¿s a veritable schmorgasbord of high school couplings. David is a bit of a ladies man who, after a bad break-up, works his way through all the pretty and popular girls at school. He is all about the superficial and sexual there is not a whole boat load of depth to him. Girl Parts does a good job of exploring the idea of superficiality. David starts out as all raging hormones and need for a connection (ie: sex) with Rose. The speed at which he accepted Rose was too quick and abrupt, there wasn¿t much hesitation in his accepting her into his life as a partner. But you could see, over time, that he was genuinely attaching himself (in a more than physical way) to her. Until, ultimately he accepts the reality that she is, in fact, not a human and as a result can¿t do all the things humans can. This shifts his journey and growth in relation to the opposite sex yet again.Charlie on the other hand is awkward and socially inept. He makes the attempt to date but is not always successful in his endeavors. It¿s not until Rose arrives in his life that steps outside that box and starts making some long-lasting changes. He evolves to a place where he feels more comfortable with himself and with the girls he wants to get closer to. For Charlie it is less abo
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was kind of turned off by the cover of this book, but the concept was interesting enough that I wanted to read it. First off, this book was definitely, definitely written by a man. There's no two ways about it -- usually it's harder to tell, but it actually worked here (mostly). David is the rich, snobbish boy and Charlie is the bookish nerd, you relate easily to Charlie and you're supposed to. But Cusick does, by the end of the novel, get you to care about David. The main character of the book is Rose, the girl who isn't a girl (but becomes one, sort of). She's a companion bot for David, but becomes much, much more. This book is really about compassion and about growing up, but also about how hard it is to be a teen. It's not without flaws (and there are so many), but it's a good, quick read and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
sithereandread on LibraryThing 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.
megtall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I thought the cover looked very interesting, so I started reading reviews online and decided to pick it up. And, I'm very glad that I did. I do recommend this book to older teens because there are some heavier topics that are touched upon, but they are done in a very "classy" way. Nothing raunchy, in my opinion. I can't really say much else that other reviewers haven't already said regarding the plot. But, I can add that you really get a feel for Rose and her transformation and the dilemmas/issues she faces. It was such an interesting premise and a well-crafted story. I'm definitely recommending it to everyone.
saradippity on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, probably more enjoyable to young adults than more experienced readers. The metaphors were blatantly obvious, but I think that as a teen I was always thrilled to be able to pick out a metaphor, so that's okay.
Aerialgrrrl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm presuming this is the start of a series as the cliffhanger ending was pretty unsatisfying. But even if it is, I won't be picking up the rest. I just found the book too derivative of superior stories - Tanith Lee's 'The Silver Metal Lover', for one, and the manga 'Chobits' by Clamp and 'Absolute Boyfriend' by Yuu Watase, which are all more interesting and moving.
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.