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Girl Parts Hardcover – August 10, 2010
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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.
"The room was empty and black save for the blue eye of the computer and the yellow wedge beneath the door."
"Would the fairies leave any more babies in his mummy's tummy?"
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.Read more ›
Over all I really liked Girl Parts, it's well written, has an interesting plot, and interesting, well developed characters.
The reason I gave it 4 stars is because of near the ending where the author labels David as light, bright, good, Mister sunshine personified and then has the gall to label Charlie as "the cloud to David's sunshine", "the dark side of his moon", and "the flip side of David's bright spot". That labeling is exactly the reverse of what it should be. Charlie is the bright spot, the light to David's dark cloud. Then J. M. Cusick mentions when David almost hit Charlie with his car. David was not concerned that he almost killed Charlie, he was only thankful that it wasn't him.
David is on the verge of self-destruction, and trying to pretend there is nothing wrong does David a disservice. All I can think is that John M. Cusick never read his own story, or someone else wrote that paragraph (at Kindle location 2733). David is obviously psychotic and is only concerned with himself and self-gratification. He has friends when they are useful to him, he has a girlfriend because his parents bought him one, but as soon as he realizes that she is incomplete, he throws her away, and it's not just that he wants nothing to do with her, he also wants no one else to have anything to do with her either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Four stars because I enjoyed this book, although it breaks some of the rules, and I almost took away a star because I didn't like the ending. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by D. Watson
Quite unique among ya scifi stories. I have to admit, though, the ending was random and dissatisfying. Nonetheless, I bet male readers will eat this one up.Published on May 7, 2014 by Rockettreader
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? Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Anirta
While this short book wasn't bad, it wasn't a standout in my mind either. I liked the premise--two boys (David and Charlie), connected by fate, both enjoy the company of Rose, a... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Amy Y.
This was a really interesting read but not really what the blurb leads you to believe. I did not find it to be stunning or hilarious. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by K. April Holgate
The premise was interesting, reminded me a little of the movie Cherry 2000. The only thing that I didn't care for was the abruptly and incompletely resolved ending. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by seraphcelene
Over all a pretty good story I guess. other than that not much I can say about it. A good time killer.Published on December 21, 2013 by Ashwind Talon
I really enjoyed this book, but the ending really left me hanging…and not in a good way. I usually like that type of ending, but this seemed totally unresolved. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Dolores
This book was great, read it in a day because I couldn't put it down....I had to see how it ended. Rose was in my mind a true girlPublished on August 31, 2013 by Lyssa