By John Cusick
“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.
This Blonde’s Review:
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the open of Girl Parts. It opens with David watching a girl commit suicide online. Then goes to Charlie standing in the dark watching the lights go out. A somewhat odd transiion to me, except to show how both boys react to the world around them. For me, it doesn’t get interesting until Rose shows up. She is a Companion robot, there to help the boy she has been matched to, David. David is looking for more than just a companion, he is interested in a fully physical girlfriend. Until he discovers that Rose isn’t built for that and abandons her at a party. She wanders lost for days until she attemps to jump into a river. This is where Charlie comes in. He sees her and attempts to save her, not knowing she is not a real girl. From the start Rose has been learning how to act more like a Real girl, and she is unlike any other Companion out there. She learns that there are only a few models that all Companions are modeled after, except for her.
The Companions that were sold to the boys in the school David and Charlie attend were recommended as a selling tactic rather than a counseling tactic. David doesn’t care much about other people, and Charlie doesn’t quite understand the signals others, including the girl he likes, send out. The counselor at their school has recommended a Companion to them both, but Charlie and his father choose not to. We learn later that this counselor recommends a Companion to every student. So you may except that this is more for profit than to help the boys. Yet somehow, both Charlie and David were changed thanks to knowing Rose. But were they changed for the good or the bad?
I didn’t get into the book at first, and had to just keep reading until I did. But once Rose became a real character in teh book I started to enjoy it. I was disappointed with the way things ended up for Rose, but that was perhaps for the best for the boys. It was an interesting book, and I would be willing to read something similar or another book by the same author. I hear there may be a sequel? I really hope so because I’d love to hear more about Rose! Esp since it seems that one of the boys may have known more than he was telling there at the end