David and Charlie both attend the same all-boys Catholic school in near-future Massachusetts. Both have been diagnosed by the school counselor as being “disassociated” with their peers. However, only David’s parents agree to the guidance counselor’s form of therapy: a beautiful, life-size, ultra-life like, female robot from Japan that will supposedly teach David how to be in a real, loving relationship. And while Rose does love David and David couldn’t be more excited about having the ultimate sex doll, both of them are shocked when they find out the manufacturers in Japan have left out the essential “girl parts.” David abandons Rose, who now turns to Charlie for help and comfort.
Girl Parts was funny, fast-paced, and at times poignant and moving. The author has a lot to say about technology and how it can connect us with other people in ways we could never have imagined in the past, but it also serves us a scary future: one of being “disassociated” and “disconnected” from others around us. I call this a “soft” science fiction. Because although for all intents and purpose Rose and the companions are futuristic robots, this story is really more of social commentary on our very real reality: the failed connections between young men and women, between young adults and their parents, and between all people.