Title: Debugging Tori Redding
Author: Jason Ancona
Publication date: 20/12/2010
Fed up with her peers and their loose morals, Tori starts a new school program, the Not So Fast club, a group dedicated to keeping teens from doing everything they want to do--drink, have sex, and rush to grow up.
A severe toothache interrupts her plan, sending her to the dentist, where she's given an emergency root canal. During the surgery, she's electrocuted and ends up blacking out. When she awakes, her brain has the ability to function like a computer.
Tori uses her new skills and aggressive personality to charge up the club.
Hated by the entire school, she discovers that NSF now stands for: Narcs Suck Farts. Game on. Tori memorizes every school rule, issuing tickets for every little infraction.
After a serious crime occurs, Tori must use her talents to save a life, all while trying to free herself from her mind.
Tori is one tough character. Full of attitude, she doesn’t care what others think of her and starts her own club with a great message. She represents every teenager trying to get along in school. Why should we be forced to grow up just because everybody else is doing the same thing? We should be free to make our own pace and not be criticised for it.
Tori is such a relatable character even if she can be seen to be pretty cattish to put it nicely. She reminds me a lot of me actually. Someone who bites back at criticism that can’t be taken lightly. I do have the tendency to be pretty nasty when I get defensive. But that’s just it, it’s a defence mechanism – we all do it, it’s just that some do it more than others.
I did think that the story could have flowed a little better and could have been brought to a close a bit less abruptly.
About the author:
Freakishly nerdy in high school, Jason became a certifiable weakling when he lost an arm-wrestling match to a female cheerleader in class.
Never a participant in school activities, he fantasized about being someone else -- an athlete, a secret agent, or whatever character he created in the latest role-playing game.
His imaginary worlds didn't help in the dating department, but they sure were fun to explore.