Columbia University freshman Veronica, better known as Very, has a technology problem. Sure, she could focus on her schoolwork and her work-study job, but she’d rather organize killer parties and ridiculous flashmobs using the social networking site she created with her dorm-mates. Oh, and there’s the alluring El Virus, a fellow technophile she’s been flirting with online. All the fun has to come to an end, however, when El Virus suddenly disappears and her college friends stage an intervention that ends up with her in technology rehab.
I really wanted to like this book. Rachel Cohn wrote half of one of my favorite YA books, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the introduction to Very reminded me a bit of Norah — a sarcastic music lover with a romantic side. Unfortunately, I just never connected with the character. She was a little too caustic and Cohn packed her with too many issues to deal with in 300 pages. The side characters were one-sided and came in and out of the narrative at strange intervals. Plus, I found the technology addiction plot a little eye-rolling and fear that it will be outdated quickly. This could be a fun diversion for older teens (also note: plenty of drugs and sex), but I doubt it will have much staying power. Isn’t the cover awesome, though?
Reviewed from an ARC received from the publisher at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.