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Floe Ryan&Frozen zombie or out-of-date freak?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,
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.