Bionic / Koren Shadmi.

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      Summary: "Bionic is a coming-of-age tale for the digital generation, taking place in the near future. It's the story of Victor, a geeky teenager on a hopeless quest to win the love of the gorgeous Patricia -- but when she returns from a horrible accident with astonishing new robotic parts, both their lives will be changed forever. Koren Shadmi (Highwayman, The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television) presents a hypnotically illustrated story of warm flesh and cold metal. It's the story of a love that was never meant to be, of overwhelming emotions, trauma, rebellion, loss of innocence, and the fear that wanting something may not be enough."--Amazon
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Booklist Reviews 2020 November #1

On top of puberty, teenagers in Shadmi's Bionic must also get accustomed to cyborg prosthetics. In 2027, Victor Steiner is a nerdy, tech-obsessed teenager at Willoughby High who develops a crush on the pretty, popular Patricia Partzlaus. Though she initially dismisses him, Patricia and Victor become closer after a major car accident forces her to turn her body into a bionic triumph, an example of the success of her father's technology. Despite their new closeness, Patricia ignores Victor at school, though she still invites him on dangerous excursions, getting both of them in trouble. The pencil-shaded, hand-drawn style of the art contrasts well with the tech-focused story. Patricia's characterization is more focused on her sexual experience compared to Victor's, and her behavior seems more in line with Victor's fantasies than with her own agency. Still, this novel does a great job of delving into the difficulties of finding yourself as a teenager in extreme circumstances. Fans of Charles Burns' Black Hole (2005) will find a similarly engaging story of horrifying bodily changes that upend the teenage experience. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.