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All Things Different by [Underhill, Shawn]
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Length: 266 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F1RKMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All Things Different is the story of Jake and Sara. 15-year-old Jake is laid back, independent, and enjoys the quiet life he lives with his father. 14-year-old Sara is a damaged girl with terrible secrets.

The book opens up to Sara and her mother moving in next door to Jake and his father. At first, Jake isn't too thrilled. Sara seems too clingy and irritating for him to handle. Eventually, though, Sara manages to break him down and work her way into his daily life (as well as his heart).

In time, Jake helps Sara move on from things that happened in her past. Life is going great for their makeshift family - that is, until someone shows up to ruin everything.

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I have to say, this book surprised me. I honestly had no idea going into it that it was really about a very serious subject. It was much heavier than I ever imagined. I think the book was written very well and the story was beautifully told.

Dislikes:

* A lot of the dialogue between Sara and Jake was sort of lackluster. I think Jake was the problem here. He gives way too many one-word answers. Maybe this was done to demonstrate the difference between he and Sara's personalities? Even so, it made Jake seem too monotonous and bored with all the conversations they were having.

* There were a few parts that seemed a bit sexist to me; things Jake would be thinking that truly bugged me. I wish I'd highlighted some specifics to quote, but I did not. It basically boils down to Jake making assumptions about Sara simply because of her gender. She's a girl so she must automatically only care about clothes, make-up, shoes, and shopping.

Likes:

* The characters were fantastic. Multidimensional, lovable, and real.
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It's a rare thing for an author to contact me personally and directly to request a book review; when it does happen, I always want to say yes and love the book. With such a beautiful cover, how could I go wrong?

Then I started reading. I'm not saying it's a horrible book - not at all. I struggled through the whole thing with how I would review it, how many stars to give it, and the like. Because when I started, the book was wordy, weighted down, and packed with excess description - so much so that I completely skipped several pages and barely skimmed others, without it affecting the story at all. This got better, but not much, as the story progressed. I think the author was going for a more literary feel and just went overboard.

Still, I wanted to love this book. At the start that was nearly impossible; I've already mentioned the writing, but the characters grated too. Jake was a pessimistic brat and a jerk, while Sara was so bubbly and jumpy that it was unrealistic. However, when the two of them started to get along, the book became a lot better. There were still several times I almost put the book down, and the only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I hate reviewing a book I haven't finished. This was mostly in the first half of the book, especially the first few chapters. There were other times I had to stop reading and was dying to go back and continue; this became my constant feeling during the last few chapters.

(Pause here to mention that I *loved* the relationship between Jake and Sara. Except for Sara's excessive use of "shut up," but then I have friends who annoy me with that phrase too.)

The factor of whether or not this is a clean read is confusing, too.
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With All Things Different, Underhill delivers an emotional and poignant novel that presents itself as a teenage love story and then morphs into something much deeper. The plot never strays from the three main characters, and Underhill's decision to use such a small cast pays enormous dividends. He builds authentic relationships that grow more complex over time, all described through the humorous voice of a young, yet very perceptive, first-person narrator.

Underhill's prose is polished and his dialogue always feels natural. The action and twists show up a little late in the novel, but when the pace of the plot does pick up, it carries the reader to a stirring conclusion.

As a native New Englander, one of the highlights of All Things Different was the book's setting. Underhill does an impressive job depicting the New Hampshire scenery and capturing the allure of lakeside life. It adds another dimension to his storytelling and blends in perfectly with his genuine characters and powerful plot.
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Don't read if you have experienced abuse or been touched by it in your life . Even though the subject is most definitely not  for those people you cant help but want to read and hope for a happy ending or some kind of positive. The book is filled with heartache but also  includes some resolution on dealing with this subject.  I would have edited out some pages that i thought dragged on when the book first started out , i even had to flip forward many times to maintain my focus when too many details just weren't needed to convey the story . Its not a happy ending kind of book so if your looking for that , keep looking.
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