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Very (Veronica) LeFreak has just started college. She spends more time with her technology than she does in the real world, and has some very complicated relationships with her roommate, her real-life boyfriend, and her super-secret Internet crush. When she is sent to a rehab center for tech-addicted people, Very has to start figuring out what she really wants in life — and the results might be surprising! Great for teens who liked Cohn's Gingerbread series, or anyone who enjoys realistic, sarcastic teen fiction.
Recommended by Rachael W., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Very LeFreak has a problem: shes a crazed technology addict. Very cant get enough of her iPhone, laptop, IMs, text messages, whatever. If theres any chance the incoming message, call, text, or photo might be from her supersecret online crush, shes going to answer, no matter what. Nothing is too important: sleep, friends in mid-conversation, class, a meeting with the dean about academic probation. Soon enough, though, this obsession costs Very everything and everyone. Can she learn to block out the noise so she can finally hear her heart?

Rachel Cohn makes her Knopf solo debut with this funny, touching, and surely recognizable story about a girl and the technology habit that threatens everything.

Review:

"As in Cohn's books starring Cyd Charisse, a wild child with a complicated past is at the center of this coming-of-age story. It's easy to fall for lively Very: she plans flash mobs using a social network she programmed at college, makes play-lists for every situation (even to apologize to her roommate after hooking up with a mutual friend), and has an intense fantasy life with El Virus, a mysterious stranger she met on the Internet. However, the author's mix of fun, far-out characters sits uncomfortably with somber subject matter, including Very's bad first sexual experience at age 12 and the death of her mother. These shifts in tone make it hard to know how seriously to take the book's central problem, when perpetually plugged-in Very is sent to a computer-addiction recovery center. There she eventually realizes 'I prefer the virtual world because the real one is hard, and cruel, and scary.' Her story never feels entirely cohesive, but readers will have fun watching Very in action. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Rachel Cohn is also the author of Gingerbread, Cupcake, and Shrimp; and, with David Levithan, is the coauthor of Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist and Naomi & Elys No Kiss List. She lives and writes in Manhattan.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375857584
Author:
Cohn, Rachel
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Rehabilitation
Subject:
Self-realization
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.54x6.08x1.10 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 320 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375857584 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Very (Veronica) LeFreak has just started college. She spends more time with her technology than she does in the real world, and has some very complicated relationships with her roommate, her real-life boyfriend, and her super-secret Internet crush. When she is sent to a rehab center for tech-addicted people, Very has to start figuring out what she really wants in life — and the results might be surprising! Great for teens who liked Cohn's Gingerbread series, or anyone who enjoys realistic, sarcastic teen fiction.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As in Cohn's books starring Cyd Charisse, a wild child with a complicated past is at the center of this coming-of-age story. It's easy to fall for lively Very: she plans flash mobs using a social network she programmed at college, makes play-lists for every situation (even to apologize to her roommate after hooking up with a mutual friend), and has an intense fantasy life with El Virus, a mysterious stranger she met on the Internet. However, the author's mix of fun, far-out characters sits uncomfortably with somber subject matter, including Very's bad first sexual experience at age 12 and the death of her mother. These shifts in tone make it hard to know how seriously to take the book's central problem, when perpetually plugged-in Very is sent to a computer-addiction recovery center. There she eventually realizes 'I prefer the virtual world because the real one is hard, and cruel, and scary.' Her story never feels entirely cohesive, but readers will have fun watching Very in action. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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