The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond

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Alternate Reality in Cyberspace
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In The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, Lexie turns to her love of computers as a source of comfort when she loses her mother in a car crash. Lexie has always preferred spending time with Ajna-Mac, her beloved computer, to socializing with kids at school. With her mothers sudden absence from her life, Lexie becomes even more absorbed in her virtual world, believing that she can use her computer as a portal to connect to her mother.

Lexie has a very unique philosophy on the world around her, a religion of energy, where karma rules. She believes that humans are merely pets living in an alien world bubble. Material objects and the superficial aspects of life, such as good looks and money, only serve to trap humans in their petty existence. Monitor A plays the surface bubble life, and Monitor B is the subtext, the deeper meaning. Most human pets are well-adjusted to Monitor A life, and arent attuned to the limitless Monitor B possibilities. Online, in a world of energy currents and limitless new foreign lands to explore, is where Lexie feels most at home. With nobody to judge her, she can do everything on her own terms. Lexie thinks of her whole life like a computer game, storing her memories away in file folders tagged with different labels.

One day, Lexie is able to connect with her mother via cyberspace, with an image of her mother appearing on her monitor to talk to her. At first Lexie is not sure what to believe, but the more she thinks about it, the more she is sure that her mother is trying to tell her something. When Lexies father brings his new girlfriend Jane into their lives, Lexie has strong feelings of distrust and anger towards Jane. But are Lexies feelings toward Jane unwarranted MGHG (Motherless Girl Hates Girlfriend) typical behavior? Or is Lexies subconsciousness trying to tell her something important?

Lexies mom is now able to speak to Lexie through the website Lexie created for her. But the next time she appears, she brings distressing news about her death. The truth is that her death was not merely a car accident, but something more sinister. Lexie vows that she will avenge her mothers death and throws herself into an online and offline investigation.

Victoria Foyt has written a riveting and very unique novel with The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond. Lexies voice comes through loud and clear, and her Lexie-speak vocabulary adds to her characters. This story is science-fiction and mystery all rolled up into one. Computer nerds will cheer on their fellow computer nerd heroine in Lexie. While some aspects of the book are quite unbelievable, if you just suspend all disbelief for a moment, you will be whisked along for an exhilarating ride into cyberspace!
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Good book for first time high school teens
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I had no idea Victoria Foyt was such a novelist... I'm actually a fan of her 1997 flick Déjà vu so when I found out she was an author, I thought I'd show my support and check out one of her books. I started with her newest book Save the Pearls Part 1 REVEALING EDEN and loved her work so much that I decided to read her first book too! I've gotta say, this book was surprisingly good. I love how Victoria Foyt is able to tackle such coming-of-age issues in such a relatable way, since we actually live in a world that is dominated by technology. Her world view is just so skewed that you start to question her sanity even, but you'll have to read the book for yourself to determine what's reality and what's perception.
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Sweet and fun
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Lexie Diamond is your average computer nerd. She is on the computer 24-7 and has even named her computer. She things that being in the computer is the only thing that is real and everyone else is in their little bubble of lies. That is until her mother dies in a tragic car accident. Lexie's life is spent spiraling out of control. Soon her father starts dating a creepy but beautifull women and she wonders if this women is too good to be true. Also her mother comes back from the dead to give her a special message.

I thought this book was cute and fun to read. Lexie life is a life similar to my own always on the computer instead of facing the real world. Some of the plot lines are predicable, but you still like to see how she got there. I thought is was a great read
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