Saturday, September 4, 2010

[Review] Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Title: Girl Parts
Author: John M. Cusick [debut novel!]
Publication: August 2010 -- out now!
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Review Copy: ARC
Pages: 218
My Rating:

Blurb from Goodreads:  
"Hello, David. My name is Rose. It’s a pleasure to meet you. We are now entering minute two of our friendship. According to my Intimacy Clock, a handshake is now appropriate…"

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 to encourage healthy bonds and treat "dissociative disorder," he can’t get enough of luscious red-headed Rose — and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed 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 uber-connected world.

 My thoughts: Girl Parts is definitely guy YA lit; I enjoyed it, but it was flawed. The writing style was so different to what I'd become accustomed to, so it took a while to get used to it. Which is fine, and probably expected, since this book is for a different audience, and written by a male author.

It took until halfway through the novel to realise what the title Girl Parts was referring to. :P And I guess the sexual passages, while spread apart and slightly (very slightly) graphic, were necessary... since that's kind of a major part/point of this book. I think this is for 15+; I wouldn't be giving this one to a 12 year old, because of what I've briefly discussed.

Keeping in mind that this is a debut novel, there are obviously going to be issues with it, that will be ironed out (hopefully) with each coming release by Cusick. However, since I enjoyed this one, and it is guy lit, I'm rating it 4 stars with all of that in mind. This is completely new territory to me: guy YA lit, sci-fi-esque, with a guy MC and POV . . .

Another short review. School. All in all, I think this is worth a read. It will not win over some people, but I think there is promise-- Cusick drew upon an interesting concept and wrote an entertaining story about it. Plus, it's pretty short. I read it within the span of a day. :) Plus, the cover is gorgeous! I want to see a finished copy of this one-- I'd buy a copy.

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Learn more about Girl Parts and read more reviews at Goodreads!

Girl Parts is John M. Cusick's debut novel.

Book Trailer:

Note: For the handful of people who stumbled across my giveaway post a few hours ago, just letting you know that it wasn't meant to be up until tomorrow. Hope you check back later!


Precious said... [Reply]

This sounds intriguing! I've tried a few guy YA books and so far I've loved them, especially Beautiful Creatures.

Bidisha said... [Reply]

This book sounds so unique..a very original premise, eh?
I like your review, very precise.
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Sugar and Snark said... [Reply]

Love the review and trailer :)

Misha said... [Reply]

Great Review! The book seems fun and interesting. I will add it to my TBR.

Bella@BeguileThySorrow said... [Reply]

Hmmm....I really can't tell if this is something I'd like or not. One one hand I'd like to read a guy pov and the premise of intimacy lacking in a digital world intrigues me a bit, but on the other the title and the general idea of this doll for a teenage boy are kind of off-putting to me. So I don't know if it's a book I'd pick up :-s

Bella@BeguileThySorrow said... [Reply]

but great review! glad I could get an idea of what to expect, thanks :)

Izzy G. said... [Reply]

Great, honest review! :) The premise sounds pretty intriguing to me, but the whole doll thing feels a little strange at the same time. I'll probably give this one a try although I'm a little wary of reading this one (with the title and everything) in public!

Tasha said... [Reply]

I like the sound of this. 'Boys' books do read different to 'girls' ones but I quite like that - sometimes I want action and sex not emotions and romance lol. Thanks for sharing an honest review.

Carina said... [Reply]

This sounds rather interesting. I've not read much male-oriented YA lit before.

April (BooksandWine) said... [Reply]

I have Girl Parts from BEA, but have yet to get to it. I actually quite enjoy Guy YA though. I do find your part fascinating about how girl and guy YA is different.

Anne said... [Reply]

This sounds really good, but I think I might have to wait a few years. :( I can't wait to be able to read it, though! Great review!

The Mistress of the Dark said... [Reply]

This sounds so different that I think I do want to give it a try. Plus there aren't many YA books from the guys point of view that are relationship oriented.

Kristen said... [Reply]

This one sounds great and I can't wait to read it myself! I love reading from a guy's point of a view as well - it's a nice change.

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