I'm trying to find a book that I vaguely remember. Does this ring any bells with anyone?
This is going to be really hard for me to explain. And I may have got it confused with another book and combined elements from both.
It was a book, possibly young adult but more likely designed for young teens, that I probably read in 1997 or 1998. It was set slightly in the future, and the main character was a boy who had issues, I think he might have been a bully, but I know that he had trouble making friends and expressing affection as well. It might not have been set slightly in the future, but there were elements about it that were definitely futuristic, but it could have just been fantasy/social commentary, particularly since I read it in the time when tamagotchis were popular. The boy didn't have any friends. There was a girl in it who had what I *think* was a monkey-thing. It was like a... man made organism, looked sort of like a monkey but it pretty much grew by itself. It had intelligence capabilities, and it was the latest fashion. But very expensive. She'd dressed it in frilly clothes. The boy hated it/was jealous of it and the girl. And one day in a fit of anger or jealousy, I can't remember which, he cut one of it's fingers off. There was a huge uproar about it and he refused to give the finger back. He ended up growing a new monkey-thing from the finger, and he loved it... but it was insane. He ended up running away rather than give the monkey-thing up which is what people wanted him to do once they found out about it.
Any ideas? Thanks.
cross posted to heard_of_it