This Girl is Different (Review)

Book cover for "This Girl is Different" by J.J. Johnson.Title: This Girl is Different

Author: J. J. Johnson

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult

Source: E-book from the publisher through NetGalley

From the cover:

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.

I was always curious about homeschooling when I was younger, and now that I’m getting older and starting to think about the education options for my (future, theoretical) children, I find that it’s on the table again. Plus, you know, I’m a teacher – so pretty much anything to do with education tickles my fancy if it looks even remotely interesting.

So, when I saw this book in the list of offerings on NetGalley way back in January, I just had to try it out. Unfortunately, it took me quite a while to get around to reading it; I wish I had done so sooner!

The best thing about this book was the character of Evie. Seriously. She’s like, the hippie, anti-authoritarian teenager that I wish I had been. Would that we could all be that smart and brave! At times, though, I have to admit that it sort of felt like Dawson’s Creek all over again … you know, the uber-intellectual teenagers using words and ideas far beyond what real people their age would be capable of using.

Having said that, This Girl is Different was still a fascinating read, and one that I would highly recommend!


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