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John Cusick is a 2007 graduate of Wesleyan University. About Girl Parts he says, "It is easy to feel lonely, despite the immediacy of technological connection. This is a story about human connections, how they catch us by surprise and challenge who we are." A literary agent of books for children and teens, he lives in Brooklyn, USA.
Teen troubles seem little different in the high tech world of millions of on-line connections in this not distant future. School companions David and Charlie have very different lives; rich David is the centre of an active on line social scene while poor Charlie isn’t even connected. But, whatever their technical hook ups, both boys feel disconnected and lonely. When David’s parents buy him a robotic companion to help him get off line their lives change. But, can Rose, part-girl part-robot really change their lives? An entertaining story about the pitfalls of new technology and the importance of real connections.
Meet kooky, crazy Cherry Kerrigan: small-town legend; good-time girl; loveable, foul-mouthed, messy Cherry.Cherry loves her simple life - her family's tiny trailer, Lucas, her soft-handed sweetheart next-door, even her job at Burrito Barn. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. Now Cherry's small-town life seems so ... well, small. When Ardelia drops a baby-bomb of an offer, Cherry finds herself morphing into Cherrdelia; because one weird-ass, star-studded head-spinner of a day could change a girl into something else altogether...
Cherry Kerrigan loves her simple life, her familys tiny trailer, even working at Burrito Barn. Forget collegeshes marrying her sweetheart from next door. But here comes Ardelia Deen, a glamorous starlet who sweeps Cherry into a world of fast cars and penthouse parties. Now Cherrys small-town life just seems so...small. When Ardelia drops a bomb of an offer, Cherry knows her life will change foreverno matter what she decides.John M. Cusick focuses his signature satirical wit on Hollywood royalty and the wide-eyed dreams of Small Town, U.S.A., in a novel about discovering who you are...and changing your mind.
What happens when a robot designed to be a boy's ideal "e;companion"e; develops a will of her own? A compulsively readable novel from a hot new talent in YA."e;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."e; DAVID is a rich kid, with a million friends, online and off. CHARLIE is a loner, disconnected from the high school world around him. Neither of them feels close to anybody. Until they meet... ROSE: part girl, part robot, and ALL a boy could want. But can a robotic girl really change the lives of two teenage boys? Before they know it, Rose is teaching David and Charlie how to feel human again.
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 Davids parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat dissociative disorder, he cant get enough of luscious, redheaded Roseand he cant get it soon enough. 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 to her, knowing that she isnt real. With Charlies help, the ideal companion is about to become her own best friend.In a stunning and hilarious debut, John M. Cusick takes rollicking aim at Internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uber-connected world.