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Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
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Jan 18, 2011

did not like it
Read from January 18 to 19, 2011

** spoiler alert ** The book did not start out how I thought it would. I was imagining this to be some kind of cute romance-y type of book, but it began with something very morbid: a suicide broadcasted on an internet blog. I was intrigued. I personally like reading morbid things and I enjoy things that do not shy away from the more dark sides of real life. The book was very good, but one thing that bothered me was that this suicide never really had much of a purpose. It was written with such dramatic description that I thought it would become an important part of the story, but no. It was mentioned a few times, but for the most part it was just a random event. As I read on and I reached the part in the story where David asks his Companion doll, Rose, to strip and realized for the first time that she did not have 'girl parts' I have to admit I was excited. I thought when he ran out and left her simply because she could not have sex, that the theme of the story was going to be about how sex isn't everything. That you don't need sex to have a meaningful relationship, but once again, I was wrong. The whole rest of the novel is about Rose going to this illegal 'chop shop' for Companion dolls and getting 'girl parts' installed. I really hoped that when the 'mechanic' offered her the parts, that Rose would refuse, that she would stay the way she was instead of giving in and taking the part then immediately having sex with a guy she had only known a couple days. After that, the story was very poorly ended. Nothing at all was resolved. Rose was kidnapped, but you never know what happened to her. Charlie, the guy Rose slept with, goes off with this other girl and dates her. David is depressed for a while after having sex with an older woman, but at the end of the book he's happy again that he's talking with said older woman who isn't even dating JUST David. She had some guy on the side, but that doesn't seem to be a problem. To say that I was disappointed with the book would be a gross understatement. It could have been amazing. The writing was well done and the characters were great. But it was ruined by the fact that it ended with the girl changing herself in order to be like everyone else and to have sex. It seems to me that it just further supports societies belief that to have a meaningful relationship you MUST HAVE SEX, which is not true.
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Jayne Lamb Although Charlie didn't seem bothered by it. And have you read/seen 'Chobits'? Cusick has 'borrowed' from it wholesale.

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