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The Difference Between You and Me Hardcover – March 15, 2012
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Praise for The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George:
"...this heartbreaking tale is powerfully raw..." —Kirkus, starred review
"The characters are vivid ... and the desire Jesse and Emily feel for each other jumps off the page .... Readers of Julie Ann Peters, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Zarr, and Sarah Dessen will welcome this addition to collections of realistic fiction." —School Library Journal, starred review
"...especially memorable." —Horn Book
"Teens expecting a run-of-the-mill romance are in for a surprise with George's (Looks, 2008) smart, multilayered novel told in alternating viewpoints." —Booklist
"...warm, complex, hopeful, and original..." —BCCB
About the Author
Madeleine's plays, including THE (CURIOUS CASE OF THE) WATSON INTELLIGENCE, SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND, PRECIOUS LITTLE, and THE ZERO HOUR, have been produced at theaters around the country, and are published by Samuel French.
Visit her at madeleinegeorge.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The Difference Between You and Me is a thoughtful, funny, and memorable novel. The story alternates between the Jesse's and Emily's perspectives and although their romantic entanglement is what brings them together, it isn't the focal point of the book. With an excellent balance between humor and gravity, George explores how Jesse and Emily handle standing up and speaking out about their beliefs, how they each deal with conflict, and how far they are willing to go to be themselves. For the protagonists, their reactions to the conflict mirror how they view their sexuality and how much they each value their relationship with each other. George resists putting a label on any person or situation while posing an important question to readers: Is it harder to go with the flow and live with the consequences, or to stand up to stifling ideas and people, no matter the consequences? All of the characters are vibrant and multi-dimensional and the dialogue rings true, making for a smart, humorous, and important book that demands to be read in one sitting
The story felt disjointed and unfinished.
The character's aren't very likable and not well developed. The relationship of Jesse and Emily is weird, how did they even get together? The explanation in the book is brief and hardly there. I totally skipped the third "main" character's chapters, they were just fillers to push the page count up.
I read the sample before I bought the book and thought there would be more character development, but I got suckered.
I would recommend this book if you have read all the other queer books available and need your fix of queer lit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed learning about all the three main characters trying to find their way through high school, growing into themselves.Read more