A wonderful story. The start is a bit hard to grasp onto, but if you stick with it for a few chapters everything picks up and you get sent on an amazing ride. This deals a lot with social issues that could possibly become real in our lives. It deals with being frozen so that if a cure becomes presentable later on, you can be cured. Though like in the book, how would you deal if you were brought back 10 years later and everything changed? If you like Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, you'll like this book!
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com
The only thing that may separate Floe Ryan from being an ordinary teenager is how she was a popsicle. Well, not the ones you eat, more like the popsicle that is used to describe someone who has been frozen. That is correct, Floe was frozen--or the better term may be vitrified.
At the age of sixteen, Floe and her parents had unfortunately caught an unusual disease, which doctors then did not have a cure for. They were introduced to vitrification, or the process of being frozen until doctors or scientists find a cure for the problem. Luckily for Floe, she was cured from her disease along with the ultra cool Taz, a skater boy whom was also frozen because of catching the same disease.
The only bad thing for Floe finally being thawed out is that it took ten years. So now everything around Floe has changed. People are starting to skate in the air, not on the ground. And her once little sister, who was the only one in the family to not be frozen, is now Floe's older sister. Not only that, but the hope for her family to reunite may not even happen since her parents are still frozen and the chance of them being thawed out is slim to none. The Venice Beach Cryonics Center, where Floe and her parents were vitrified, is now being sued and could most likely close down.
So now Floe has to find a way to save the center and her parents. Adjust to her new life and surroundings. Get used to her little sister now being her older sister. Make new friends who are literally ten times younger than she is and to deal with the typical guy problems. Floe may have some problems, but she can deal with them, right?
Don't let the title I WAS A TEENAGE POPSICLE throw you off. Sure, it's a little weird, but the plot is most definitely original and the novel includes characters that will keep you on your toes. Bev Katz Rosenbaum does an awesome job to paint what the future may look like in your head, and does an even better job to create an awesome cast of characters. The sequel to I WAS A TEENAGE POPSICLE, titled BEYOND COOL, will release on August 7, 2007. It can not come soon enough. Another great read from the Berkley Jam titles.