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Girl Parts by John M. Cusick
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Dec 19, 2010

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Cusick has an interesting and relevant premise about how disengaged today's youth are becoming or have become, and the idea of every teenage boys' dream of a seemingly perfect girl designed for him to help these youths become more engaged members of society. The story starts of with a startling and altogether too realistic portrait of a young girl who commits suicide in front of computer camera while numerous teens idly watch hammers home how terribly jaded many people are today, and the two main male characters provide different portraits of removed youth, but the early promise of the novel seems to falter. Cusick draws his readers in with his harsh beginning, but he does not seem to follow through. To attempt to deal with such an all too realistic problem, Cusick seems to give his story more of mystical, almost fairy tale ending. While it is not exactly a happy ending, Cusick seems to underestimate his reader after those initial pages. Girls Parts is a decent novel worth reading, but it does not live up to its potential.

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