Book: This Girl is Different

This Girl Is DifferentThis Girl Is Different by JJ Johnson

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Publish Date: April 1, 2011
ISBN:1561455784
ISBN-13:9781561455782

ynopsis: 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.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have you ever felt like you were alone in the world, while growing up? Have you ever felt that no one shared your passions, your views, and that everyone else was just living life like a drone bee? In a world of television, social networking, and trying to live like the famous andd fabulous people, would you want to be different? Well “this girl is different.” And so was Eve.

Eve is the socially awkward girl, who was originally home schooled, but is now entering senior year in high school. She is witty, snarky, and still trying to figure out all about how the girl met the boy. She is raised by her hippie thinking mom named Martha, who is more of Eve’s friend than her actual mother. She lives in the woods and is away from modern day society. So when Johnson states that “this girl is different,” it really is the case.

Eve enters high school with a passionate curiosity. But what happens when she tries to adapt her beliefs and culture that was passed down to her by her mom into an institution with rules, laws, and authority like she’s never experienced before? Do you think it would go smoothly? Or would it all blow up in her face?

I love Eve. She takes the ordinary girl and turns her into something more complex and multi-dimensional. Not all young girls are created equal, and here, Johnson clearly shows us that. This book is like a Judy Blume book, but with a little more sass. I loved it, and I think you would too.

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