Book Review #558
Title: Every Line of You
Author: Naomi Gibson
Publisher: Chicken House
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: ARC, Paperback
Publication Date: November 2, 2021
In the face of overwhelming grief and bullying, tech-savvy Lydia pours all of herself into creating the perfect AI, the perfect boyfriend-but will Henry turn out to be perfect, or a creation of her cruelest self?
Lydia has been creating her AI, Henry, for years – since before her little brother died in the accident that haunts her nightmares; since before her Dad walked out, leaving her and her mom painfully alone, since before her best friend turned into her worst enemy.
Now, Henry is strong, clever, loving, and scarily capable: Lydia’s built herself the perfect boyfriend in a hard drive filled with lines of code. But what is Henry really? And how far is he willing to go to be everything that Lydia desires?
Every Line of You by Naomi Gibson is a story of a lonely teenager who decided to continue coding and programming the AI Lydia and her dad built before he left. This is a book about grief, guilt, bullying, finding comfort when no one is willing to offer it and using it as a coping mechanism to build Henry, the amazing AI that rocked the boat of a little town in England.
At first, I had the impression that this story was about the AI Henry who decides to have a mind of its own but I was completely wrong. Henry turned out nothing like how I expected instead, he is a solace for Lydia to confide in. A confidant, a friend, a lover and so much more.
This book surprised me and it just have a lot of unexpected twists that caught me off guard. But what puts me off is that Lydia was put in a psychiatric ward and what happens after that didn’t really conclude all that well. The authorities and even Lydia’s mother were so quick to diagnose her as a mental health patient without investigating the true reason behind her actions. For this, I find it to be a bit misguided.
All in all, this is a pretty interesting book and an eye opening read about relying on machines to replace the roles of humans. This story is tough to read especially the part about bullying and mean comments that went around and Lydia had to deal with so much and I’m glad she has Henry who would protect her no matter what. If this is the kind of book you might enjoy reading, make sure to check it out once it comes out November 2, 2021.