Book Review: Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Girl Parts is a contemporary YA novel by American author John M. Cusick. It was published by Walker Books on 14th July and the book is 240 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

David’s parents think he needs to some to get back on the straight and narrow. They have ordered him a companion ‘doll’ in an attempt to sort out his life for him. Rose is designed to be the perfect partner for David and to teach him about having healthy relationships that are not all about sex. Their relationship will be based on timing and can only do things in a specific order. If David tries it on with Rose, he will end up getting a bit of an electric shock to tell him he has done something wrong and inappropriate. Although David is a bit of a player, his time with Rose changes him and he begins to become more of a gentleman…until he realises that Rose isn’t everything he thought she was.

When David and Rose are separated, she turns to Charlie who is the complete opposite of David. The two get on extremely well and both find that they can talk to each other about anything without feeling judged and Rose begins to grow her own personality and thoughts without having to worry about what David thinks. With Charlie’s help, Rose is about to become her own person and more than she ever thought possible.

What I thought
Girl Parts has a very strong and interesting initial idea. In order to help troubled and unruly teenagers, companion ‘dolls’ were created to be the perfect partners. They are as close to humans as robots can get and are everything that a teenager could want. However, they are not sex toys and have security devices in place to ensure the relationship develops at a healthy pace e.g. the teenager gets a shock if he tries to feel up his companion. The whole idea of the companions seemed like a mix of I-Robot and A.I. to me - robots with the ability to think for themselves.

The teenagers in this book were fantastic characters and extremely well written. What I loved the most about these characters was that they were real and their activities weren’t sugar coated at any point. David, one of the main characters, loves to party and do a lot of things that he probably shouldn’t… things that his parents definitely don’t want him doing. His is why they get him a companion called Rose. Honestly, David is a bit of a jerk and I can see why his parents wanted to straighten him out a little. I really didn’t like him to being with but was glad to see changes in him throughout the book.

Rose was the real star of this book though and I completely loved her. It was really fun watching her develop and to see how she coped with being around David and his friends as she wasn’t like any of them at all. She was also really funny because of the mistakes and misunderstandings along the way. Rose is what I found the most interesting out of the whole book. I really loved the fact that as a companion, she was supposed to please David and be his dream girl but as soon as he tells her he doesn’t just want her to agree with him, she has a hard time trying to figure out what to think and how to act.

Things are not so plain sailing for David and Rose and this is where the story really gets going. Although I did want David to see the error of his ways, I was glad that things didn’t go so well for him in some areas. This gave the story the chance to go somewhere really exciting and not at all where I expected it to go. The twists in this book are thrilling and make you want to route for Rose even more.

As much as I enjoyed this book, it has one of the most infuriating endings that I have read in a long time. So much is left open and with too many unanswered questions. I am still dying to know what is going to all characters involved but especially what will happen to Rose. Above anything, the ending was rushed and jumped from one part of the story to another far too quickly for my liking.

All in all, Girl Parts is a fabulous book and the author gives the idea of robots a new lease of life!


  1. It just sounds weird. LOL, but I am intrigued!

  2. I agree with Vivienne but 240 pages? What is that maybe 4 hours tops if you drink a beverage at the same time?


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