Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeline George

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeline George
Viking Children's, March 15, 2012
Read for 2012 Standalone Challenge

Summary from Goodreads:
Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend. 
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. This is not a story about coming out, or about being a lesbian, although one of the two (three?) main characters is a lesbian. This is a story about being in high school, and being confused about who you think you should be and who you want to be. Which is awesome. Having said that, I despised Emily, the "straight" main character, and I found her chapters to be despicable. Jesse, the other main character (who Emily spends Tuesday afternoons hooking up with--in secret, of course--she wouldn't want anyone to know that she likes a girl) was fun, knows who she is and what she wants. Why her chapters were told in third person while Emily's were in first person, I can't guess. And did we real need to hear from Esther at all?

Borrowed book from library.
Enjoy your reading!

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