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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Review: This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson

Released: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Rated: YA
Buy This Girl Is Different
*Book provided by the publisher for review*

This girl is different... That s what Evie has always told herself and it s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she s decided to see what high school is like for the first time for her senior year. And what a year it is.

As it turns out, it s not just Evie who s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what s good and what s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse both by the administration and by Evie herself. 

What I thought:

 This was like a train ride. It started out slowly, but once it picked up speed, it was quite a ride! The first few chapters didn't really hold my interest. I was about 25% of the way in when it really hooked me and I couldn't tear myself from the book.

When I picked this up, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The description doesn't really give any details on what life is like for Evie when she joins high school. I don't want to say Evie is an activist, but she is definitely a person who has a voice and isn't afraid to use it. Her plan to make the school a better place, wanting justice for the students, goes awry and she has to decide if this is what she really wanted and if there is a way to fix things.

I liked this. I really did. At first I was thinking I may have made a mistake at picking this one out, but I'm glad that I was proven wrong in my first assessment. The story was pretty good, it had me turning pages to see what happened. While I thought it didn't have a strong start, it definitely had a strong finish.

My Rating:


Kristi The Book Faery said...

Fantastic review :o] I've heard so many varying opinions of this book and have almost gotten it a couple of times but changed my mind at the last minute.

I think you've swayed my opinion, I'll have to check it out now!

Thanks for the honest review!


Aimee said...

Thanks Kristi!

B. A. Binns said...

The problem I had with this book is that this girl fixated on the first high school boy she saw and proceeded to remove her clothes for him too many times. The ending was also a little anit-climatic. This book was OK, but I liked Schooled - another book about a kid entering a real school for the first time - better. Schooled does deal with Middle Grade instead of High School, and its about a boy instead of a girl, but to me it handled the issues better.

Neri said...

That's a great review. I haven't heard about this book, but I will definitely check it out.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

It's interesting, I've seen a few reviews on this book and they have nothing in common. I'm not talking about opinions but more like what the book is about. It intrigues me more and more.

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

Hmmm...interesting review. I do really like the idea behind this book.

Phantom Paragrapher said...

Ive just finished this book and Im a new follower :)

Love Kpop said...

I often get emotionally involved. Like when I read your post, I can cry, laugh, sad, funny, depending on your written words. I think you are a sensitive person.

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