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What if one day you were sitting in front of a computer and the impossible happened: it started communicating with you and actually offered to do your homework for you? Just when twelve year-old Pollard Gunning is giving up on almost everything—eighth grade, the Red Sox, his lousy home life—that's just what happens. And that's only the beginning. Next Pollard is learning h What if one day you were sitting in front of a computer and the impossible happened: it started communicating with you and actually offered to do your homework for you? Just when twelve year-old Pollard Gunning is giving up on almost everything—eighth grade, the Red Sox, his lousy home life—that's just what happens. And that's only the beginning. Next Pollard is learning how to be a dream batter—and how to ask a girl out on a date. Suddenly, Pollard's mixed-up world takes a techno-turn and the "year of weird" also becomes the year a very personal computer comes to the rescue. Justine Rendal has written a fresh, funny, and moving novel about loss and love and unlikely friendships that shows how sometimes even the impossible can be wonderfully possible. 1996 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)


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What if one day you were sitting in front of a computer and the impossible happened: it started communicating with you and actually offered to do your homework for you? Just when twelve year-old Pollard Gunning is giving up on almost everything—eighth grade, the Red Sox, his lousy home life—that's just what happens. And that's only the beginning. Next Pollard is learning h What if one day you were sitting in front of a computer and the impossible happened: it started communicating with you and actually offered to do your homework for you? Just when twelve year-old Pollard Gunning is giving up on almost everything—eighth grade, the Red Sox, his lousy home life—that's just what happens. And that's only the beginning. Next Pollard is learning how to be a dream batter—and how to ask a girl out on a date. Suddenly, Pollard's mixed-up world takes a techno-turn and the "year of weird" also becomes the year a very personal computer comes to the rescue. Justine Rendal has written a fresh, funny, and moving novel about loss and love and unlikely friendships that shows how sometimes even the impossible can be wonderfully possible. 1996 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

32 review for A Very Personal Computer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Literature3!Amateur

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I first looked at the cover image of this book, I didn't like what I saw, but when I looked in the inside of this book, I liked what I saw, and when I read the last page of the book, I liked what I... Well, you get the point now. :) This book tells the story of Pollard and his life, I liked the characters in this book, (especially Pollard), and the plot. My favorite scene was when he was in his room and the loneliness seemed to be getting to him. It was a very special scene and it made you f When I first looked at the cover image of this book, I didn't like what I saw, but when I looked in the inside of this book, I liked what I saw, and when I read the last page of the book, I liked what I... Well, you get the point now. :) This book tells the story of Pollard and his life, I liked the characters in this book, (especially Pollard), and the plot. My favorite scene was when he was in his room and the loneliness seemed to be getting to him. It was a very special scene and it made you feel his pain. And hwo he hit his leg to distract himself. :( But it's a good thing he gets it off his chest a few moments later. :D Anyways, I thought it was good. :) :D ^_^!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    LauraW

    I agree with another reviewer - this book turned out to be better than I expected. The silly looking cover and the breezy narration starts you off thinking that this will be another shallow klutzy-teen-learns-to-accept-himself book. And, in a way, it actually stays true to that stereotyped genre. But it is enough more that it changes what could have been a trivial book into something more to think about. I rarely give out 5 stars, so this is a good rating for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Coreen

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    Karla

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    Kevin Mitchell

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    James Hoyle

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carol

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    Aggrey

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    Adrienne

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    Bender

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    Lori

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    Erika Mejia

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    Kayden

  14. 5 out of 5

    John

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zahara Cerise ~ Never impeached.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Ralston

    This was surprisingly better than it seemed like it was going to be.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

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    Jacklyn Yoon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah Hickerson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo Barba

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    Jennifer Priester

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    Kerissa

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    Tameka

  24. 4 out of 5

    Layla Joseph

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Alvarez

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heba

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    D.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aryiona

  29. 4 out of 5

    George

  30. 5 out of 5

    Juliane

  31. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Mccracken

  32. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cube

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