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Very LeFreak

3.1 of 5 stars 3.10  ·  rating details  ·  714 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Very LeFreak has a problem: she's a crazed technology addict. Very can't get enough of her iPhone, laptop, IMs, text messages, whatever. If there's an chance the incoming message, call, text, or photo might be from her super-secret online crush, she's going to answer, no matter what. Nothing is too important: sleep, friends in mid-conversation, class, a meeting with the de ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published December 18th 2009)
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Steph Su
VERY LEFREAK is an unfortunate disappointment by a highly respectable author. It contains the chatty, witty, and pop culture reference-loaded writing of her previous books, but lacks cohesion and the ability to make us empathize with the characters.

Very is an appealing character because her thoughts—and therefore her narration—are refreshingly fast-paced, modern, and slightly scattered in the way that many 21st-century teens are, whether we admit it or not. She is unlike any character I’ve encou
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Steph (Reviewer X)
I cannot do Rachel Cohn anymore. I just--I’ve tried. I really have. I’ve read most of her books, I even enjoyed one or two, but the latest ones were torturous to get through and just--ARGH, I’m on the edge, BIG TIME.

Quick assessment: the first part is kind of really jumbled up and sometimes boring and if you're anything like me, you'll have no desire to go on but only do so because you must finish the book to be fair in your review. Nothing really happens; the characters are just...there...and
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Kathryn
This book is a reflection of what the technology age has done to us. This new form of addiction is just as destructive as any other, only it also has the potential to do more good. I found myself wondering why I feel driven to check my email up-teen times per day and why I drop large sums of money on a new gadget. This book made me stop and think about why I do the things I do. Any time a book makes me examine how I live my life is pretty powerful thing.

That being said, this book was just too m
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Mike
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I want to like something by the co-author of Nick Norah's Infinite Playlist and You Know Where to Find Me. But this book basically took everything I disliked about Cohn's writing and amped it up a notch. Because of this, the book was a real struggle to finish - I almost didn't. And, I hate to say it, but it made me remove Cohn from my list of favorite authors. Cohn is capable of writing really, really well, but for some reason she doesn't.

The first probl
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Angecael
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

Very LeFreak (real name: Veronica) is a freshman on scholarship at Columbia University who is addicted to technology. She's constantly on her laptop doing anything and everything she can think of. She's attached to every single type of music that she has on her iPod, and she's practically conjoined to her iPhone. She's always sending out meme's during class or making random playlists, and of course talking to her online crush, El Virus. They've been tal
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Scott Freeman
OK, it is all Sequoyah reading for the foreseeable future if this book doesn't cause me to break stuff and swear off reading forever before I get through it.

I very rarely give 1 star to a book (Dan Brown, anyone?) because it is rare that a book can be so consistently offensive, insulting and just all around bad. I'm not giving this rating begrudgingly. It has fully deserved its rating.
Justina
I picked this book up right after I finished the perfect "Miseducation of Cameron Post" which did such a wonderful job of letting me fully into the protagonist's character right away. With such background, I spent about 100 pages of "Very LeFreak" being annoyed at Very for appearing to be a 19-year-old with the level of maturity more suited for a 13-year-old (especially given her upbringing) and wondering whether she was supposed to be annoying or if it was just bad writing. I was about to toss ...more
B. Rose
I read maybe the first 25-30 pages of this before I remembered my new motto: "Life is too short to read bad books." And it really is, and so I felt very liberated with my decision not to read this book. Here are my impressions of the pages I did read:

Ingredients include 17 cups of Manic Pixie Dream Girl Dust, vomited all over the pages. No one sleeps with two separate headphones in connected to two different devices. True technology users would streamline their usage onto one device, say, the iP
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Stevie
I first picked up this book because of the title, seriously I'll read almost anything with the word freak in the title, and I could definitely put this cover on my favorite's list. I love how simply complex it is and I adore the font they used!* Then when I found out that it was about a girl named Very LeFreak who had an internet addiction, I was hooked.

Sadly this was where the awesomeness ended. Upon opening the book I quickly realized that all those expectations of awesomeness I had would soon
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Stephanie A.
This book features about 27 separate things I'd normally hate, including swearing and vulgarity and drugs and drinking and sexual experimentation like crazy, but I find myself unable to hate any of them, because Very is one of the most appealing fictional females I have ever met. Despite how frank/casual/unapologetic she is about her sexuality - her entire attitude is the exact opposite of mine, so I inherently rebel against all her reasons for casual sex and the way she rationalizes what is and ...more
Allyson
I gave this book one star because I that's the lowest rating that you can give a book on here. If I could, I would give it negative stars. Yes, this book was that bad.

When I first picked up this book and read the inside jacket, I thought that it had an interesting idea, a girl addicted to technology. I personally believe that you can become addicted to anything, so first reading the inside jacket, I didn't think that it was a totally fantasy plot. I mean, I'm sure that sometime in the near futur
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Taylor
Score! I got an advanced copy!

This wasn’t a book that hooked me in right away, but rather lulled me into its embraces until I found that I couldn’t put it down. Very is a crazy girl, who does crazy-girl things, and although she could have easily been written off as another eccentric, desperate for attention kind of person, she really couldn’t be further from that.

On the one hand, this is a story about Very’s addiction and her drug of choice—-technology. But of course it’s more than that; it’s ab
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Whitney
Columbia University freshman Veronica, better known as Very, has a technology problem. Sure, she could focus on her schoolwork and her work-study job, but she’d rather organize killer parties and ridiculous flashmobs using the social networking site she created with her dorm-mates. Oh, and there’s the alluring El Virus, a fellow technophile she’s been flirting with online. All the fun has to come to an end, however, when El Virus suddenly disappears and her college friends stage an intervention ...more
ananka
I have mixed feelings about this book. I don't believe that there is such a thing as "technology addiction" which is a main premise, but maybe that is because I have this addiction and am in the denial stage (ha!). She goes to rehab after trying to kill one of her friends for damaging something her dead mother gave her. The item was a piece of technology, but I felt that the sentimental value was dismissed. Author knows best? Some of the other rehabbers did such cheesy things to get in, credibil ...more
kb
Not one of Rachel Cohn's best works, that I'll admit. While it did pick up on a v. relatable topic, though, which is tech addiction, a disorder most common among practically everyone now, my main problem was that Very LeFreak, the main character who sounds like that bootylicious girl you hate to be around with. She was written in the third person POV and I found it not workable, given Cohn's egocentric-ish writing style. Also, towards the end of the story, Cohn injected the element of SURPRISE! ...more
Liz
I adore Rachel Cohn. Her writing style always leaves me feeling like I'm hanging out with a close group of friends. I'm never looking in on the story, I'm involved.

Very LeFreak is the story of a girl who just can't switch off (something I could really relate to. Between IMs, email, blog posts, and playlists, Very (aka Veronica), is always plugged in. In today's culture i imagine it's hard to find a girl under the age of 30 who can't relate to that at least a little.

The story is nothing special,
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Karyn Silverman
Ultimately disappointing, and way too much telegraphing of what was eventually to come as far as Very's relationship with her roommate. The gradual reveal of Very's past was nicely done, but also a bit of a copout; why must there be a Big Issue in the past? Especially since there were already Issues of sex and addiction... sometimes it's ok to let things be a little less than perfectly explained, and leave readers wanting more (especially if the alternative is to leave them wishing there was les ...more
Zoe
The first half of this book was kind of dragged out. I feel like it could be condensed to maybe 5 or 6 chapters without altering the story. About half of Part 1 is just filler. The book picks up drastically in Part 2, when Very, the protagonist, is sent to rehab for her technology addiction. Her therapy session are probably the best part of the book. I would have given the book 3 stars if it weren't for the last 4 chapters. Very spends the entire book obsession over her online "boyfriend" and th ...more
Savannah Kundo
"Very LeFreak" is the story of Veronica, Very for short, a Columbia freshman who is addicted to technology. Her father left her long ago. Her mother has died leaving her with her aging aunt as her only relative. Her closest friend is her online contact El Virus. While at Columbia she makes a few friends who are determined to set her in the right direction in life... at any cost.

I started reading this book and felt incredibly underwhelmed. I love Rachel Cohn. I loved "Nick & Norah" and "Dash
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T.
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Lauren
Let’s all say it together now: Therapy sessions do not count as character development or forward movement for a plot.

Very LeFreak, the titular character, is supposed to be a manic, over-the-top personality. And she is, but in trying to create a nonstop character, Ms. Cohn creates a character without a center. And not in a good way. Very is an every girl: She’s popular! She’s at an Ivy League! She had a tragic childhood with little stability! She has no family! No, she has a great-aunt but her gr
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Rosanne
3.5-I liked this book and do like Rachel Cohn a lot, but tonally it felt a bit off. The (at times) very serious subject matter didn't really flow with Very's humourous view of the world and her wacky situations. I think because the book is told totally from Very's perspective, it is hard to really understand the magnitude of her problems, until she starts revealing them and you start to understand why she acts the way she does.

Very is a really unique and interesting character. Sweet romance as
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Jamie
I wonder if what I loved about this book, others will not love. First of all, as a manic tech addict, I plopped right into Very's racing head, but thought others might not be there. But to me, that just shows that Cohn got it right. TWICE something I said earlier in the day popped up in the book (once almost word for word) .

I also enjoyed that even though Very is making progress, she's not suddenly cured. I think this is an interesting parallel between more common forms of addiction.
Rachael
I'll put all my cards and biases out on the table here: Rachel Cohn is one of my favorite YA authors, and her Cyd Charisse trilogy probably is my favorite realistic-teen-girl fiction series ever - and I've read many. So I was, shall we say, predisposed to enjoy this book. And I did! It wasn't perfect: Very was occasionally a little too much to take, and the secret internet boyfriend plot-line kinda fizzled, but as a whole it was utterly entertaining and compelling.
Ifahh
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Courtney
It's hard not to like anything Rachel Cohn writes, but the first half of this book was tough to read. The prose is hard to follow and jumbled, reflecting the state of mind of the protagonist, Very, but it took a LOT of patience. The second half of the book was fantastic, particularly Very's therapy sessions.
Laura
The first two chapters were not great. I thought chapters 3 and 4 were a bit more interesting, but not interesting enough to make me want to pick the book up again. I can't remember the last book I didn't finish once I started, but this is one of them. There are many other books I'd like to read, so I'm moving on.
Hannah
I normally love Rachel Cohn's books. But this, this was a huge disappointment. Frankly, it was terrible. I wouldn't have finished it if it wasn't for my need to finish a book after I start it.
Kaethe
It's not a real addiction, like to heroin, but Very is a little too attached to her computer, her iPhone, her iPod, her fascinating online life that distracts her from what she should be doing: passing her classes in her first year at Columbia. During Spring semester her friends stage an intervention, and before long, there's an ultimatum. So Very goes off to try and learn how to be.

Strong book. the reader can both understand what's so appealing about Very, and what is driving her friends mad. L
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Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.
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