David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David's parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat dissociative disorder, he can t get enough of luscious, redheaded Rose and he can t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Severed from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up to her, knowing that she isn t real. With Charlie's help, the ideal companion is about to become her own best friend.
In a stunning and hilarious debut, John M. Cusick takes rollicking aim at Internet culture and our craving for meaningful connection in an uber-connected world.
About the Author
John M. Cusick is the author of Girl Parts and a literary agent representing young adult and middle-grade fiction writers. About Cherry Money Baby, he says, ?Class is a touchy subject in this country. I wanted to explore how our assumptions about money, sophistication, and self-worth can cloud our vision.? He lives with his girlfriend in Brooklyn.
Chris Patton has been a voiceover artist for fifteen years, and has acted onstage most of his life. He's voiced over 200 Anime titles, over fifty audiobooks, many commercials, a handful of video games, and many e-learning and corporate training projects. Chris is also the frontman and lyricist for the synthpop band Paul Lynde is Dead. He's a recent resident of Maryland, and a native Texan.