Beetle: A Biography of a Virtual Girl by Wes Loder
Approx. 39,680 words.
Published on February 7, 2012.
Lanie, a smartass virtual who looks like an eleven-year-old girl, has two problems: getting Jeff, her creator, through his senior year and finding him a flesh girlfriend he can keep. Simple? But interfering administrators, clueless politicians, an obsessed former boyfriend and Jeff’s own poor social skills insure that nothing is either simple or easy. A bitter-sweet story of growth and love.