How did I get it?:
Given to me by Luna’s Little Library
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 designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend. In a stunning and hilarious debut, John Cusick takes rollicking aim at internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uberconnected world.
This is another of a selection of books that Luna from Luna’s Little Library gave me to read. She pretty much knows my taste in books, so I was excited to start this book. Girl Parts is an incredibly easy book to read, which doesn’t take very long to read at all, considering it is just over 200 pages long.
Girl Parts is about Companion dolls that were created to be the perfect partners to troubled teenagers. They are as close to humans as robots can get. The Companions aren’t sex toys though, and have devices in place to ensure the relationship unfolds and develops at a steady pace. The Companion doll would become more human-like the more time you spent interacting with it.
I thought the characters were well written, but not all particularly likeable. They were real characters though, so not liking David didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book. David loves to party and is becoming slightly out of control, so his parents decide to reign him in by getting him the Companion Rose. David isn’t a likeable character, so it is easy to see why his parents want to straighten him out. Rose was my favourite character in this book. I thought she really shone through. It was great to read how she developed and began to think for herself. I loved her interactions with David and his friends, because of course, she’s nothing like them. There were some funny moments too. David and Rose’s relationship isn’t easy though and that’s where the story begins to pick up pace. It’s just frustrating that it ended when it did, because I felt a lot of issues were unresolved and it felt rushed.
Girl Parts is definitely worth a read though, if you’re looking for a short, interesting read. It may not have the best ending, but it’s still an entertaining, well written book.
Would I recommend it?:
The Sea Sisters- Lucy Clarke