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The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond Hardcover – March 13, 2007

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Grade 7 Up–Tales of technology opening gateways to different realms of existence are nothing new, but Foyt's debut novel finds a distinct voice. For Lexie, the connections she makes online are more meaningful than anything in real life, which she refers to as The Bubble. The sudden death of her mother in a hit-and-run and her father's subsequent relationship with a mysterious woman cause the teen to retreat deeper into cyberspace, where she discovers what appears to be a bridge to the afterlife. She creates a Web page for her mother and struggles to maintain contact with her, and her mother convinces her that her death was not an accident. Lexie's internal dialogue and unique spiritual perspective make her a fascinating central character, but her habit of using computer metaphors to describe everything may turn off less techno-savvy readers, e.g., …her father had already wiped her mother's icon off the Family Desktop and replaced it with Jane's.–Christi Voth, Parker Library, CO
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When Lexie's mother dies in an automobile crash, Lexie's father seems too quick to recover and fall in love with Jane. An eighth-grader who sees herself as having no social skills, and few social interests, Lexie spends most of her free time surfing the Web, and she is both delighted and mystified when her mother seems to emerge from new software she has been given. These emotions, however, are compromised by her mother's announcement that she is the victim of murder, not an accident, and Lexie must help solve the mystery of the killer's identity. Foyt's plot twists combine some fun--Lexie makes friends with the school fashionista--with lots of wish fulfillment, and Lexie is an easy target for both cheering and eye rolling. The puppy-love subplot involving Lexie's mystery e-pal seems an unnecessary bit of frosting on an otherwise inventive wedge of cake. Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Edition edition (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060825642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060825638
  • ASIN: 0060825634
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,249,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Leslie Blount on January 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up looking for a tale that a modern teenager could relate to, but instead found a bunch of out of date computer talk and too much spiritual rambling that made no sense. I know many people believe that kids spend too much time online and don't spend enough time making friends, but this girl is just unbelievable. It was like she born right before the story began. If she had lived 14 years of life, she would have to experience at least a few relationships and have a few acquaintances that she could talk to. I also couldn't stand all her rambling about aliens and bubbles and stuff. It was totally unbelievable and went on and on and on....... The topper for me though, was the out of date the computer information. The girl has a GAME BOY!! The Nintendo DS, the successor to the Game Boy was released in 2004 and any kid as computer savvy as Lexie would have only the latest handheld. Plus as far as a could tell, all she does is instant message and surf the internet. Where is her My Space page? The book was published in 2007! The editor should have insisted on an update before this went to print. Any teenager that uses a computer is going to be frustrated by this book's computer information and the weird way Lexie relates to the world.
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I have read this novel before, and I fell in love with it. I love a good mystery novel, and this one peeked my interests.
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This is a really sweet book that successfully blends suspense and coming-of-age with fantasy and a meaningful message. The 13-year-old protagonist, Lexie Diamond, struggles with pre-adolescent angst on many levels--she's coping with the sudden, tragic death (and possibly murder) of her mother, her father's quickly developing relationship with a woman she can't stand, and insecurity to the point where she's isolated herself from her peers, immersing herself in her own bit of cyberspace. Her obsession with her computer world is slightly reminiscent of Holden Caulfield's travel to the depths of his tortured mind, yet with Lexie, we have hope. We slowly watch as Lexie gains a new zest for life as she searches for the possible culprit behind her mother's death and learns about judging others too quickly, while cultivating new and unlikely relationships with others her own age. It's an absolutely great read that will inspire tweens and teens alike, and is even relatable to people past the young adult demographic. An excellent book! I can't wait to read Victoria Foyt's next book!
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THE VIRTUAL LIFE OF LEXIE DIAMOND is a suspenseful "whodunit" from actress and screenwriter Victoria Foyt, a first novel that effectively covers a wide gamut of emotional ground.

Fourteen-year-old Lexie copes with alienation at school and her divorced parents' disappointment with her computer-driven life. When her mother is killed in a mysterious car crash, Lexie finds credible evidence of foul play and is forced to adapt, change, and grow as person in order to follow the clues.

Lexie's suspicions grow as her father's fiancé shows her dark side after a series of private confrontations, actions which drive Lexie to make contact with her mother in cyberspace. To further complicate her life, Lexie must learn to trust people in "real time;" both her hunky neighbor and a popular "diva" at school, both of whom wish to be her friend.

Foyt adroitly welds the ether world of cyberspace with many common teen issues in both of Lexie's worlds. Her teen protagonist must use her strengths and weaknesses to solve the mystery of her mother's death and to save her father. As a result, the author has created a compelling character and an electrifying story that will hold younger readers until the last page.

A must-read! 5 stars.

Reviewed by: Mark Frye, author and reviewer
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