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Very LeFreak

3.09  ·  Rating details ·  830 ratings  ·  124 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 any chance the incoming message, call, text, or photo might be from her supersecret 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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published December 18th 2009)
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Steph (Reviewer X)
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Steph Su
Jul 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

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
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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
Jan 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many people liked the book... until the end.

But I liked the book AND the end made me like it even better.

It was pretty perfect for me at the time I read it... Its perfect for teenage girls who are trying to discover more about their sexuality
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
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Do you feel yourself as a technology addict? This is the case for Veronica Lefreak in the fiction novel by Rachel Cohn. Very Lefreak is a freshman at Columbia University who is constantly on her phone, laptop, etc. She has trouble focusing on school but spend her time sending out meme's or talking to her online crush, El Virus. She is always throwing or going to parties and does not take school seriously. She has been showing low performance in class so she talked to her school Dean and had to c ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Stevie Oberg
Jan 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Karyn Silverman
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z2009-reads
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
Jun 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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.
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Scott Freeman
Oct 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-latest
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.
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have always loved Rachel Cohn. I have always loved her writing, the humor that covers a much deeper subject matter. The Cyd Charisse series is brilliant, as is Pop Princess and You Know Where To Find Me. Her collaborations with David Levithan are magical and I was surprised when I read about this book.
The cover, the title, everything about this book just...put me off.
Rachel Cohn is one of my favorite writers. She writes about girls who somehow find a way to smile and laugh, even if their lives
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a good story here and some great characters, but there are some real thin spots and some real stretches of plausibility that make this seem more of a gimmick on the whole than I cared for. A bit too much "get off my lawn" in the perspective and a bit sidestepping of actual problems and resolutions, at least that's the way it felt to me. Not bad, but I felt it could have been handled less clumsily.
Carro Herdegen
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Language – PG-13 (13+ swears, 12+ “f”), Sexual Content – R; Violence – G
The sexual content was not something I wanted to continue reading, so I stopped at page 64. Very is an irresponsible college freshman. She breaks rules and hearts like nobody’s business. This story wasn’t interesting enough to make me want to keep reading.
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DNF, ~56%.

I... I have no idea what this even was supposed to be.

The first half of the book was so unbelievably boring that by the time we got to ESCAPE and the doctor started preaching about "purifying" one's self from technology, I was done.
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Kurz und knapp
Lange Sätze, die gut klingen, aber anstrengend zu lesen sind. Eine Protagonistin, die ihre Sympathiepunkte erst in der zweiten Hälfte der Geschichte sammelt und ein Techniküberfluss, den einige sicher aus ihrem eigenen Leben kennen. Nicht für jeden.

Lang und breit
Da ich Rachel Cohn aus ihren Kollaborationen mit David Levithan kenne, erwarte ich von ihren Büchern automatisch, dass ich sie lieben werde. Aber irgendwie passiert das nie. Ist zwar erst mein zweites Buch von ihr, aber ich
Aug 04, 2011 added it
A technology-addicted Columbia freshman finds relief from her hedonistic party-girl lifestyle at ESCAPE (Emergency Services for Computer-Addicted Persons Everywhere). I've never read anything written (or co-written--the cover gives a shout-out to Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) by Rachel Cohn, so I didn't have any preconceived notions, other than what I read in this SLJ article (thanks to Cassandra), which had me scratching my head. She waited until the book was finished to see what it wou ...more
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Hmm. Where to start with this review. Honestly, I was so disappointed with Very LeFreak. I first read about this book last year when it was released and instantly wanted to read it. The cover, the synopsis, it completely drew me in and I couldn't wait to get a copy. When I finally got around to ordering it I dived straight in, convinced that I would love it. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case.

You all know how disappointing it is to be so excited about a book but then not enjoy it at all. From p
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Very LeFreak loves her gadgets. She loves a good party and she loves her mysterious online boyfriend El Virus. She loves all this until El Virus disappears from cyberspace. When Very takes this opportunity to get too close to a friend she ruins everything between them. With everything going on and her lack of virtual boyfriend, Very starts to come unhinged and the only thing to be done with something that's broken is to fix it. So after a swift electronics intervention, Very is shipped of to ESC ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
In college, I did wonder about the really smart party kids. They seemed like oxymorons. Back in high school, the hard-core partiers weren't getting straight-As. but Very (short for Veronica) was a straight-A student who is now in her freshman year at Columbia University, an Ivy League school. However, she's not maintaining those straight-As anymore. She is so preoccupied with The Grid, the website she built with a friend to coordinate flash mobs on campus, with memes, and with stalking her onlin ...more
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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.
“They were tricky, those demons. Could they be trusted? Of course they could be trusted. She'd created them. She owned them. They wouldn't lead her astray.” 10 likes
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