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MILA 2.0 - Debra Driza Like its composite namesake -- I'm a real girl! Except that I'm an android! -- MILA 2.0 is an entertaining hybrid of a book, a futuristic story that time-warped me right back to the awesome 1980s.The opening chapters follow well-tred paranormal romance territory: Mila has vague memories of the tragic fire that killed her father and a mother who seems more interested in the injured horses she cares for than her own daughter. At school, Mila is friends with the ├╝ber-annoying Kaylee. Enter Hunter, a gorgeous shaggy-haired new kid from San Diego, and both girls are smitten. But Hunter really likes Mila, despite the fact that she dresses in flannel shirts and broods a lot.Then, in the course of a drag racing scene straight out of Footloose (1984), Mila is injured and learns that her name isn't the nickname she'd thought, but an acronym: "Mobile Intel Lifelike Android." (That's not a spoiler; the information is right in the book's blurb, so though it is a huge shock to Mila, the reader has the information going in.) That revelation took me back to poor Rachael in Blade Runner (1982). You know, that scene when Harrison Ford has to tell her that she's an android? I understand why so much of the book was spent on Mila's existential crisis, but I kept wishing Mila would just embrace her android nature and start being kick-ass. In the book's second half, Mila finally does just that. The book spins into sci-fi slash action movie territory and the rest of the book filled with fun chase scenes and fight scenes, a new android that Mila has to fight, and a fear landscape. The book doesn't end with the screeching cliffhanger the blurb promises, but there is clearly more story here, a sort-of love triangle to be resolved, etc.Read full review here on my blog, YA Romantics