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Girl Parts [Kindle Edition]

John M. Cusick
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"It may be hard for readers to get this book out of their system [...] charming and witty, peppered with satirical jabs at the irony of being lonely in an increasingly connected world." (The Horn Book) "[A] bittersweet and prescient novel [...] which makes the teenager-as-robot metaphor work so well." (Publishers Weekly) "[An] I, Robot-meets-Pinocchio cautionary tale." (Kirkus Reviews)"


"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.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Witzig, ernst, makaber, ein herrliches Hörbuch! 26. Dezember 2011
Format:Audio CD
Der Inhalt:

Davids Eltern haben genug Geld, um ihm eine Gefährtin zu kaufen. Denn David hat nichts unternommen, als er übers Internet live mitverfolgte wie ein Mädchen, das er kannte, sich das Leben nahm. Die Diagnose: Seine soziales Verhalten ist gestört bis gar nicht vorhanden. Seine Gefährtin soll ihn dazu bringen, erneut ein gesundes soziales Bewusstsein zu entwickeln.

David ist alles andere als begeistert von dieser Idee, doch dann steht seine Gefährtin Rose vor ihm. Eine Robotermaschine, die aussieht wie ein echtes Mädchen und seinen sehnsüchtigsten Fantasien entsprungen zu sein scheint. Man merkt Rose kaum an, dass sie kein Mensch ist. Nur manchmal, da versteht sie Redewendungen nicht oder weiß nicht wie sie auf neue und unbekannte Situationen reagieren soll. David kann fast vergessen, dass sie eine Maschine ist. Aber nur fast, denn eines Tages, als sie übers Küssen hinausgehen wollen entdeckt er, in welcher Form genau Rose sich von einem Menschenmädchen unterscheidet.

Doch da ist auch noch Charlie. Charlie, der Außenseiter, der keine Freunde hat und alleine mit seinem Bike durch die Gegend zieht. Als er Rose trifft, ist er begeistert von ihr, sogar dann, als er entdeckt, was unvollständig an ihr ist und eine schmerzhafte Emanze wider jeder Natur beginnt.

Ein "freakiges"-Hörbuch, was mit seinem kritischen Inhalt, verpackt in "seichtere" Jugendlektüre, überzeugt!

"Girl Parts" hielt genau das, was ich mit dem ersten Blick auf dieses Cover verband und noch mehr!

Es ist etwas freakig, behandelt eine inzwischen absolut nicht mehr abwegige Entwicklung unserer Gesellschaft und regt stark zum Nachdenken an.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Courtesy of Teens Read Too 26. Februar 2011
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
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!

Reviewed by: McKenzie Tritt
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Okay but not that good 11. November 2010
Von Brittany Moore - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
A young girl kills herself online. Because of this many kids who watched this happen are deemed dissociative. The solution is presented by Sakora industries: a Companion. Rose is the first Companion of her kind and is sent to David. Every time David tries to put the moves on Rose however, he is greeted with an electric shock. When Rose gets tossed aside after David bores of her, she finds Charlie. Charlie seems to be a much better person, but Rose's heart is still drawn to David.

This book fell pretty flat for me. There was a lot of interesting potential, but then nothing really happened. There was no real resolution at the end either. Maybe this book was simply a 218 page metaphor for the fact that we are all robots, programmed a certain way until we decide to want something more and break away from the herd. If that was this books goal, it succeeded. The suicide in the beginning sparked my interest, I wanted to see what would happen and how that suicide would play into the book. It doesn't. The suicide is mentioned in passing. Same with Sakora. They come on very strong and there is nothing after that. They are set up in a big brother sort of fashion and then taper off into oblivion. This book could have been very enjoyable an entertaining, I liked reading it, but at the end I was frustrated that there was no solution. The characters weren't as developed as I would have liked either, what was wrong with David at the end? Do I even care? All in all I would not recommend this novel and it's a shame because the cover is very pretty and the title amuses me.

First Line:
"The room was empty and black save for the blue eye of the computer and the yellow wedge beneath the door."

Favorite Line:
"Would the fairies leave any more babies in his mummy's tummy?"
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Just OK, but not for me 2. Oktober 2010
Von J.Prather - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
David and Charlie are two high school students diagnosed with dissociative disorder. David is the most popular guy in school, and Charlie is probably the least popular guy, but thanks to a school psychologist on a corporate payroll they are both recommended for the companion program. It's David's parents who actually sign up, and as a result he is presented with Rose - a robot girl.

The story the author lays out describing David's growth from being a self absorbed teenager to being a slightly less self absorbed teenager is not very compelling. Rose's eventual relationship with Charlie is slightly more interesting as Rose gets the chance to learn about humanity from a teenager who actually has human characteristics of empathy and kindness. Rose's journey from being just a robot to a robot with a self actualized personality was the most interesting part of the story, but even that felt highly superficial.

The author tells a story that is interesting but ultimately unsatisfying as it seems confused as to whether it is a satire, a serious examination of the troubles of adolescent boys, or maybe just a vehicle to get lots of teenage boys thinking about what it would be like to have their own "companion." There are some humorous moments, and lots of locker room talk between characters that are mostly not very endearing. The send ups of corporate psychology and education are heavy handed and don't add much to the story. I am usually very successful at suspending disbelief, especially when it comes to YA literature, but I didn't believe this one for a second. Maybe if the scientific aspects of things had been addressed - just don't know. Maybe if the book had been a bit longer, with more opportunity to expand on Rose's journey and her growth.

This one barely squeaks into the three star category for me because of it's originality. Also, please note that I am not in this groups target audience. I have no doubt that this book will find plenty of fans among older teen boys who will be very intrigued with the idea of getting their own girl in a box, and who might actually see a bit of themselves in these characters.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Review from the book review blog, Book Faery 10. Oktober 2010
Von Tori - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

I was so excited to read this book! I figured it would either be an interesting read, or it would be a guy's ultimate fantasy. And since it's a YA, I figured it would lean more towards the former... since sex, sex, and more sex = no no for YA.

The start of this book--in David's POV--felt more like the type of read a male would enjoy. "Cool kid" trying to get laid, major jerk to his peers, is rich and deemed a troubled child. Now he gets a female companion that he wants to bone.

My suspicions were confirmed within the first half of the book. Say hello, everyone, to David, our spoiled rich kid we follow around. Though I suppose I don't give the boy justice. He was a sweetheart. He did have a few redeeming qualities when he was with Rose. He was likable. But then something happens, and I hated him on multiple occasions. You'll probably dislike him too.

Rose was nothing but a puppet when with her lover boy, and I did not connect with her. However, we soon see a change after a drastic event that connects Rose with Charlie, the reject/sweetheart. I began to like Rose more after this point. I even liked Charlie. The two were cute together, and I definitely got a protective vibe from Charlie; he went out of his way to help Rose, thus making me respect his character that much more.

The story is written in a way so that you feel like someone's actually telling you what's happening, instead of feeling like you're the character and experiencing what they experience. I was disappointed in this aspect, and was also confused; was this story supposed to be specifically about David and Charlie, or was it supposed to be about Rose? I still have yet to figure it out upon reflection.

GIRL PARTS is a bit strange because it follows David and Charlie in the first few pages, but then the overall story switches to Rose and what's happening to her. Despite that strangeness, I liked that this book lightly (major emphasis on lightly) explored depression and a society obsessed about computers. I'd be amazed if robots were as realistic as Rose.

There's humor in this book too! But I think it might be a bit crude for some people. The teenage boys talk about boobs and getting ass--and yes, I admit that Cusick surprised a giggle out of me with the boob joke. You also read about Rose still adjusting to human language, and how awkward she is. You can't help but laugh while you read the start.

The start and middle aside, I'm going to backtrack to Rose and the end of the book. Usually I will not complain about a book's ending because, well, I love cliffhangers. If a book truly mesmerizes me, the cliffhanger intensifies the wait I experience. I think about the book more, too. I start to make up my own "what ifs?"

This ending? ...What?

The only reason I began enjoying the book was because Rose finally started growing a backbone. She was developing into an interesting character. And then to end it the way it ended, leaving me wondering what happened to her while the two boys just went back to living their lives?

Not cool. I am dissatisfied. It didn't feel like an actual ending.

Anyway, GIRL PARTS was an interesting debut with some laugh out loud funny moments. I would like to read another book by this author, despite my dissatisfaction with the book's execution. It's definitely a new and unique approach to YA, and I think it's accessible to both sexes (though I'm convinced guys will love this story more at the beginning). Suggest you read it if you're looking for something that's not your typical YA read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fast read 18. September 2010
Von FairyQueen0316 - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
"Girl Parts" has an interesting hypothesis: Teens are caring little about, and relating less to, people around them due to the growing influence of technology. Disassociation is the result.

The novel starts off with a bang. A girl, disassociated from the outside world, makes of video of her own suicide. No one watching tries to stop her. As a result, Rose enters the picture. Rose, a perfectly designed robot companion, is sent to help one of the video witnesses, David Sun, with his disorder.

David doesn't seem to care about how his actions hurt others around him. All he sees is himself. Another boy at school, Charlie, who doesn't have such a technological upbringing, finds it hard to fit in with the other students. Technology again being a barrier to keep deeper emotions at bay. Rose was made for David, but also encounters Charlie.

I really liked the development of Rose as a character. We see her learn and evolve. She quickly ceases to be merely a companion, but rather grows to have her own opinions and feelings. Her heartbreak is real and believable. David and Charlie each have different interactions with Rose. The reader can see how each of their different backgrounds and upbringings effects how they treat her.

"Girl Parts" is a coming of age story with a message. Maybe technology is drowning out common decency and deeper feelings. This book keeps the reader interested and certainly left the ending open. What ever happens to Rose? Her fate seems to be left up to the reader's own imagination, but I really hope there is a sequel so that we can find out!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Courtesy of Chick Loves Lit 23. Juli 2011
Von S Day - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Girl Parts has a very interesting premise, which made me seek it out at BEA. The cover is also particularly cool (and I've heard a lot of others agree with me on that point).

At the beginning of the book I wasn't sure I would like it much. The viewpoint flips between David (rich jerk) and Charlie (quiet boy), and sometimes I would have to stop and remember what had been happening to David or Charlie the last time I had read about them. Unfortunately, most of the first half is spent with David, who I did not much care for. After awhile, though, we do flip to a Charlie focused narrative, as the story switches from one boy to the other.

The most interesting part of this book is obviously the Companions. They are described in great detail, almost making it seem believable that they could exist. It kind of freaked me out thinking that the guys in the book couldn't tell they were robots because they looked so lifelike. Towards the end I actually got a little offended that all of the Companions were women - many of the boys that had them were very sexually based, and this helped to form part of the plot - I would have been more comfortable if it were an equal gender type thing. It kind of made me feel objectified as a woman.

I expected to learn the most about David and Charlie in this book, but I really ended up learning and growing more with Rose, the Companion, which is why I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. It was a very interesting read, but I'm very much into that human growth and learning thing, which obviously can't happen if I'm connecting with the robot.

Girl Parts is a great creative debut by Cusick. His ideas as an author hold a lot of promise - with a little more character development I could see having one of his books on my top lists. Unfortunately, this one falls a little short, but I'm looking forward to reading something by him in the future.
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