I Was a Teenage Popsicle

I Was a Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Bev Katz Rosenbaum
Berkley Jam Books
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  ROrn
Floe Ryan&Frozen zombie or out-of-date freak? Floe was a girl of sixteen when she was "frozen." She and her parents contracted this strange disease called lympaticotosis, and the only option to come back to life after she had been declared "legally dead" was to be frozen, or vitrified. After a whole ten years, Floe is brought back to life again by the cyronics team (the people who do the vitrifying). With all that done, she must go through rehab. Along with her is totally hot Taz Taber. She has had a crush on him since before she was vitrified. Once through with rehab, Abe Dixon (short for Abercrombie), the cyonics lab owner, shows them one of the latest trends: HOVERBLADING!!! Back in Venice Beach, Floe and Taz were expert bladers; now they have to adjust. Sunny, Floe's younger sister, comes to take custody of her until her parents are revived since Sunny is now her OLDER SISTER! She is forced to go to the school in the Valley. She meets a new friend, Halley, and her worst enemy ever, Ashleigh Jones, the congressman's daughter! Soon the cyronics center is being threatened to be closed down. Floe must help save it so she can get her parents back. She comes up with a way to earn money: selling retro bracelets. They are all the rage and the kids make ton of money selling the bracelets, but still no change in the lawsuit from the cyronics center. Ashleigh falls sick with the same disease as Floe and is vitrified, Dick Jones drops the law suit and the cyronics center is reopened. In the end, Floe's parents are revived.

I liked this book a lot. It had great characters and a gripping plot. The "freezing" was a little freaky because it didn't seem real, but the book was fun to read. This book also had great relationships between the characters. My favorite character was Taz because he was just that laid back kind of guy - funny and a wonderful friend to Floe. The difficult situations Floe was put through were real enough that I could put myself in her place and relate to her feelings. This made it a better read for me. The only thing I did not like was the fact that they didn't say what happened to Floe, Sunny, and their parents after they get unfrozen. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story and a little Sci-Fi. I would also recommend it to people between ages 10-18.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 8

Reviewer Age: 13

Reviewer City, State and Country: Shippensburg, Pennsylvania


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  Little Willow
Imagine getting sick, falling asleep, and waking up to find out an entire decade has passed in the blink of an eye. That's what happened to sixteen-year-old Floe Ryan in the new book I Was a Teenage Popsicle. Floe grew very sick very quickly, afflicted with the same horrible disease that attacked her parents, who opted to be vitrified (frozen) until a cure was found. They froze Floe also, wanting their eldest daughter to be saved too. Ten years later, Floe is thawed out. She discovers that her younger sister is all grown up and that her parents are still vitrified. While her life was suspended, it completely changed.

It sounds heavy, but it is actually a very light read. A comedy suitable for middle school and high school readers, Popsicle has plenty of laugh-out-loud licks. Though there are spots of science, the book is set not too far in the future and is more about family and friends than sci-fi and experiments. The book's central plot -- saving the cyrogenics center where her parents are, er, residing comfortably -- makes the story more about social action, and the main character's main concerns are fitting in, being accepted by her new classmates, and reconnecting her family. These universal themes, funny bits and hip Southern California setting are sure to make this Popsicle irresistible to teens.


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