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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.

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 desi
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Hardcover, 218 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Donna
Dec 14, 2010 Donna rated it it was amazing
Personally I don't think that blurb does the book much justice because it's so much more than what it's letting on. What this book really is is a satire of internet life. A finger poke to the eye of the digital generation that's more comfortable interacting with inhuman machines than with each other. Instead of attacking this supposed dissociative disorder with genuine human interaction and parenting, the parents are removed and human interaction is replaced by, of course, another computer that ...more
Emilie
Sep 07, 2012 Emilie rated it did not like it
(Just so you know, anyone who reads this, I've got spoilers in here...but it's such an awful book maybe you'd be better off reading my review.)

This is such a bad book.

Really. I mean, it wasn't terribly well-written, it didn't have much of an ending, and its attitude towards women was really, really troublesome. A bunch of girls are basically created (they're androids, I guess) to reform guys by only letting them progress in a romantic relationship very slowly. But that's *all* these girls are fo
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Ash
Dec 30, 2010 Ash rated it it was ok
I went into this knowing that it was a little strange but thinking that I would like it. Definitely an interesting read but I feel unsatisfied with how things played out.

Quick Overview: David is rich, good looking, and a total jerk. After seeing a girl commit suicide online and doing nothing to stop it his parents and new school counselor are worried that he is "disassociated". They suggest a "Companion" that is meant to show him how to form a healthy human relationship. Enter Rose, the companio
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Shannon
Jun 13, 2010 Shannon rated it liked it
Interesting idea- but an ultimately unsatisfactory ending for me. I /think/ it left off with a hopefulness for the boys... but I'm not entirely sure. The poor fembot? Future unknown. Maybe I missed something, but I just didn't feel like things were properly resolved.

full review here- http://literatisliterarylibrary.blogs...
Lauren Goff
Jan 19, 2011 Lauren Goff rated it did not like it
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Aurora Celeste
Dec 23, 2010 Aurora Celeste rated it it was ok
I was pretty excited about this book because I thought it would be neat to see a Weird Science updated with feminist ideals and yet still written for boys. What I got, though, was strange. Disconnected, rather rushed plot-wise, too short and yet too long, and surprisingly sexist were my major reactions to this book.[return][return][return][return]The book was written mainly from the perspective of the boys. There's a little bit of the android's perspective when David abandons her, but it's mostl ...more
Nadine
Nov 10, 2015 Nadine rated it did not like it
Das Buch kommt mir vor wie die Fantasie eines pubertierenden Jungen. Das Frauenbild ist einfach katastrophal. Unser weiblicher Roboter möchte „vollständig“ sein, was sich aber nicht in Emotionen oder Wissen zeigt sondern einzig allein in den „Girl Parts“, die ihr bewusst nicht eingebaut worden waren. (view spoiler) ...more
StarMan
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2.75 sparks, rounded up to 3 because I say so.
I'm a sucker for any decent book with robots/cyborgs/androids/gynoids/etc.


Although Mr. Cusick is not aware of this, one of the main characters in GIRL PARTS has agreed to an exclusive live interview. How awesome is that?

Readers and fans, please welcome the one and only, the exquisite... ROSE!

[Rose sweeps onto the stage, wearing a lovely white outfit and Converse sneakers. Her red hair bounces slightly as she shakes my hand firmly with both of her
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Angela
May 13, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
John M. Cusick is a friend of a friend, and this book has been on my radar for a good while. I was able to snag a copy from my local library, and I read it in two stints. It’s quick and reads easily, and makes a few statements without sounding preachy, which I really applaud.

The world in which GIRL PARTS takes place is so centered on technology that even “school” is a set of computers that play lessons for students to watch on a daily basis. Computers are synced to feed off of one another, so o
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Ramie
Aug 12, 2010 Ramie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi
If you've read Manga, watched Anime, or even caught a few 80s movies you're probably familiar with the basic story of this book - What teenage boys really want is a robogirl with human skin. Okay, that's a over simplification still when the boys in this book become "disassociated" parents and counselors decide that's how you fix them. Give them their own "girl" who will train them on how to make human connections.

David and Charlie are two very different boys who both have this form of therapy re
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Inge
Jun 23, 2010 Inge rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This review contains spoilers.

It's the sort-of future, and more and more teens have a dissociative disorders due to increased exposure to technology. Enter the companion-bot, here to encourage people to have healthier bonds with their fellow humans. David is super popular, but after a disturbing incident in which David witnesses a suicide, his parents gift him Rose, a beautiful companion bot. Rose is perfect and faithful and eager to please. But, when she can't give David what he wants, he sever
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Britt Leigh
Jun 20, 2010 Britt Leigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reads, ya
I have found a boy YA I like! John M. Cusick takes a burgeoning concept in Japan - pseudo-human companionship - and translates it into American teenspeak. When David's parents and school discover that his technology addiction is so bad that he feels nothing after watching a girl commit suicide on the Web, the guidance counselor proposes a futuristic solution: a Companion. Companions are like the lifelike dolls real people dress up and pal around with, only Companions can speak, eat, touch, and m ...more
Tarra
4 stars

Girl Parts was strangely cute. I was not expecting that.

It is a very strange read if one took the time to think about exactly what one is reading.

An adolescent boy with a robot companion that aquires human feelings and makes yet another adolescent boy fall for her? Quite strange indeed.

I thought the writing was a little weird. It sounded to me like it was being read in the same voice as the guy that did The Twilight Zone. Ha. Just something about the third-person narrative was different.
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KittyKat
The book didn't have much of an ending and was confusing in many places. The perspective the book is written in makes the characters seem detached and harder to relate to. The plot also heads in a good direction but is ruined by the ending which leaves more questions than answers. There is much world building in the book yet not much happens. I think it would be much better if the book was longer and had a better ending as well as a sequel. I also hated the casualness of the boys' relationship w ...more
Tara Day
Dec 21, 2015 Tara Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story with lots of deeper meanings. Though it has a lot of innuendos and funny moments, it expresses a lot about the struggles of connecting, loneliness, and depression. It begins with a suicide of a young girl and ends with both main characters getting back into the groove of things after Rose vanishes from their lives.

Charlie could be considered the "loser" type, the one not on the popular list because he's smart and poor. David is the opposite, with lots of money and friends. R
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Meagan
Dec 14, 2014 Meagan rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. I went into it not knowing what to expect (I stay away from reviews until after I read a book, so I don't go into it with a bias).

The book was good, but not great. I teetered between a 3 and 4 star rating. Ultimately I landed on 4 stars because, in the end, I was entertained and was able to continue reading without forcing myself to do so. But I was hoping for more.

The story is essentially a jab at the new Internet age and what that is doing to young people that a
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Girl Parts has such an original, strong and fascinating premise! I loved the idea of reading about extremely life-like robots (known as Companions) living and interacting with humans. The plot wasn't all that bad either - a Companion named Rose is given to a boy named David to treat a so-called 'dissociative disorder' that his school counsellor has diagnosed him with. When David rejects his Companion, Rose seeks solace in an outsider, named Charlie.

Rose is a David's companion which means that sh
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Sydney   LaForest
Feb 28, 2011 Sydney LaForest rated it it was ok
I couldn't wait to read this book! The cover was interesting and the premise sounded interesting. It also reminded me on an anime I like, Chobits *total anime nerd* xD
Well, I read it. And I have to say, it was kind of a waste of my time. It wasn't horrible or anything, but I had a ton of problems with this book. The first thing was David -- MAN I HATED HIM SO MUCH!! Talk about a self centered jerk. And throwing Rose away because she didn't gave girl parts was just cruel. He was only in it for th
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Marissa
Oct 27, 2010 Marissa rated it liked it
I was instantly attracted to the cover of this book and it's striking resemblance to the anime/manga series Chobits, so I decided to read it and use it for my Young Adult Lit book review assignment:

In the near present, the Japanese artificial intelligence company Sakora has succeeded in building prototype ‘companions’ to treat “dissociative disorders” in males around the world. Beautiful, red-headed Rose is custom made for 17 year-old David Sun. Her intimacy clock is specifically designed to kee
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Emily
Jan 12, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
What I loved: about three chapters, or maybe 20 odd pages, in-- there is quite possibly one of the best illustrations of a first-date-gone-wrong ever. It kind of reminded me of every quirky cute awkward indie romantic comedy I've seen. Super bumbly weird fun. This would serve better as a short story, as it did not blend in with the rest of the book at all. Seriously. Find this book on the shelf at the library, read this chapter, and bask.

From there, it dives right into the basic premise: at a v
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Novel Novice
Feb 15, 2011 Novel Novice rated it liked it
Forget about love at first site. Girl Parts by John M. Cusick is all about love at first gigabyte. (Haha. I couldn’t resist.)

I’m actually sort of obsessed with the whole concept of this book — and after reading it, I can only hope there is more to come.

Girl Parts tells the story of two boys who couldn’t be more different — rich, popular David … and Charlie, the contented outsider. Their lives become suddenly connected through Rose — the Companion built just for David, to help him with his suppos
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Leanne Bell
Do you know someone who won't shift from their computer? Do you know someone who just doesn't get on with people? Hand them this book, it's a valuable lesson in why it's important to talk to actual people and why people need other people. The irony being, that it's a robot that teaches the two boys in this how to feel, and boy does she do it well.

Rose was by far my favourite character though closely followed by Charlie. David annoyed me though I have to admit even he learned a lot from his exper
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Hayley Waters
Apr 16, 2012 Hayley Waters rated it really liked it
This review can also be found at Nicole's Library.


Girl Parts was definitely a strange and intriguing book for me. On one hand, I enjoyed the concept and the plot, but the world building was ultimately a little lacking for me which was really frustrating for me.

This novel is set in a near future- close enough that La-Z-Boys still exist and I think there’s even a reference to Blogspot somewhere, but the technology is somewhat advanced and many teenagers (boys only though, as it seems) are diagnose
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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. There are a a few funny moments but mostly it is angsty and though provoking.

The key element of the kids dis-associative disorder is very relevant to today's teens. The start of the book is really jarring with the teen suicide. It would have been nice to get more of the background situation of that event.

The
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Edward's Ghost Engine (once known as......... Jinky Spring)
This book wasn't too bad, but it wasn't too good either.
Or at least that's what I thought until about three quarters of the way through. This felt so pointless and it's a wonder why I didn't just give this up!


The characters were undeveloped and the whole concept of boys having "sex dolls" to help them grow up (or some shit like that) was just plain weird. How come girls didn't have Companions? And what if the guy is gay?

I did like how Rose became her own person, but the bit where she gets those
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NaomiRuth
Jun 13, 2013 NaomiRuth rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This review is based off of the BEA ARC copy I got in 2010.

I really enjoyed this book. The premise was great, the pacing was great. I liked how different David and Charlie were. I liked the progression of Rose and how she became.

There were times where it was a little bit awkward transitioning between whose perspective was being looked through, but maybe that was just me. And for some reason I had a horrible time keeping the names straight, but I think that's because I have really weird names for
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Nicole
Jul 24, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it
So, I just finished reading John Cusick’s soon-to-be-released novel, Girl Parts. I’m torn. This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I’m not sure where to start on this review, so bear with me in case I get a little rambly ~

Premise of the book: in the not so distant future, there is a breakdown of human interaction and teenagers develop some major dissociative issues. How to fix the problem? As an experimental behavioral solution, a Japanese company has manufactured hot female Comp
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Monica Millard
I think I know why this book doesn't have the ratings it deserves. The ending wasn't exactly the ending I wanted, but it was real and more happy some of the characters could of ended up with. I almost wanted to say better than they deserves, but that isn't true either and that's one of the reason I think this book was really good.

We are shown two boys, who are on the surface opposites. One I liked and the other I didn't, but that also isn't so much true. And again that is the beauty of this sto
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Cmaher
May 24, 2011 Cmaher rated it really liked it
Girl Parts was a very interestong novel. It had three main characters, David, a rich kid who was part of the "cool" crowd, Charlie, also a rich kid, but in the "not as cool" crowd, and is bullied by David and his friends, and Rose, a companion. Companions are very realistic robot girls who are virtually flawless and beautiful. They act, feel, and talk like real human beings.
The book starts with a young girl killing herself on a live web feed, and how everyone's reacting. David and Charlie both r
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JenniferJ
Sep 25, 2013 JenniferJ rated it it was ok
Story opens with a teen suicide via internet and most any of the kids who viewed it was said to be dissasociative especially the guys who were presented with using a new program in the testing stages where they would get a "female companion - (robot)" Supposedly the companion makes it easier for the boys to learn appropriate behavior around the female species and every time they try to "go to far" with the robot companion they get shocked literally.

It was a quick read but kinda weird and fell sh
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“If everyone you knew jumped off a bridge, would you too?” Dr. Roger asked.
David had heard this before and knew you were supposed to say no. But was that really true? If everyone jumped off a bridge, maybe there was a good reason. Maybe the bridge was on fire.If anything, the guy who didn’t jump was the crazy one.”
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