Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Review: The DIfference Between You and Me by Madeline George

Jesse and Emily are about as different as two girls can be. Jesse wears baggy clothes, fisherman boots and spends her time writing and distributing materials for her NOLAW organization (that is National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos). Emily splits her time between academics, and school activities and wears preppy sweaters and ponytails.

What most people don't know is that once a week they meet up to kiss in the bathroom at the library.

After an unfortunate suspension, Jesse finds her self hanging out with Esther a girl who cares about social issues even more than Jesse does. It's through Esther that Jesse realizes that StarMart is not only trying to build a store in their town, they are also sponsoring the school dance. Jesse takes her social activism up a level. One minor detail, Emily is the one who got NorthStar (the owner of StarMart) to sponsor the dance.

Each girl gets a chance to tell her side of the story. Jesse's story is told from the third person point of view, so you get more of an outsider looking in view. Confident Emily tells her story from the first person point of view, which fits her student council vice president personal and Esther has just a few chapters, but is one of the more rockin' characters.

The very differences that attract Jesse and Emily start to tear them apart. Emily wants to keep Jesse separate from her perfect life, but she doesn't want to lose Jesse either. Jesse wants to be out and proud, but isn't ready to give up Emily.

If you've checked out books like by Julie Ann Peters or David Levithan the The Difference Between You and Me and author Madeleine George is a good "next read" for you. It's also good for anyone who has stood up for outsiders, or just wanted things to be right.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Gearing up for summer reading, can you believe it's about 10 days away!)

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