THE VIRTUAL LIFE OF LEXIE DIAMOND by Victoria Foyt

THE VIRTUAL LIFE OF LEXIE DIAMOND

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Following a fairly familiar course until its sudden closing twist, this debut from actor/screenwriter Foyt tracks a teenager’s grief after her mother’s sudden death, and her stubborn resistance to the new woman with whom her father has quickly taken up. Lexie may be a true computer geek, as well as a classic outsider whose only confidante (at the outset, at least) is an online buddy whose real identity will quickly become obvious to readers, but she also has an uncommon ability to read people. That ability tells her that there’s something not quite right about the perky, capable and seemingly friendly Jane. Foyt writes in a third-person, not-quite-stream-of-consciousness style that drags rather than propels the story, but in Lexie she creates an appealingly sullen adolescent to whom cyberspace is the key to a realer Reality than the “Bubble” in which everyone else is trapped, and she keeps readers guessing about Lexie’s suspicions until the very end. Readers will also wonder until the climax whether Lexie’s online conversations with her mother and other souls are real or imaginary—real, as it turns out, and a setup for possible sequels. Lexie is no Holden Caulfield, but mildly alienated teens may find her a kindred spirit. (Fantasy. YA)

Pub Date: March 13th, 2007
ISBN: 0-06-082563-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: HarperTempest
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2007