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Review- The Difference Between You and Me

08 Mar, 2012 by in madeline george, viking, YA contemporary Leave a comment

The Difference Between You and Me
by Madeleine George
Paperback, 255 pages
Expected Publication Date: March 15th 2012
by Viking Children’s Books
ISBN 0670011282
Book Source: publisher
3.5 Stars
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.
These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate “private time” they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what’s more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?
Crystal’s Review: Sometimes in life opposites attract. This is certainly the case with Jesse and Emily. Jesse is an outspoken rebel with a cause and Emily is the popular student council vice president. One encounter in a dimly lit bathroom is all it takes for these girls to come together and realize their attraction for one another. This could be the start to a great love story, if not for the fact that Emily wants to keep the relationship where it started, in the bathroom. The difference between you and me is a touching story about love, secrets and acceptance. Each chapter I felt like I was getting to know the characters more and more. The author does a great job of describing the characters and their feelings,making if very hard to put anyone under the category of good or bad. I found this story to be a thought provoking read. Not only did it have me considering what I would do if I were in the main characters situation, it also had me thinking about the things I believe in and if I would be strong enough to stand up for those things even if I was the only one.
Content: Sexual situations, Sexuality
About the Author:  Madeleine George writes books and plays.

Her two novels, LOOKS and THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME, are published by Viking Children’s Books. Her plays, including THE ZERO HOUR, PRECIOUS LITTLE, and SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND, have been developed and produced at theaters across the country. She’s a founding member of the Obie-winning playwrights’ collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.), and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Madeleine grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, and now lives in Brooklyn. 

ARC Giveaway- Try Not To Breathe

24 Jan, 2012 by in try not to breathe, viking 34 comments

by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 19th 2012

by Viking Juvenile
ISBN 0670013900

Summary From Goodreads- Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it’s the only thing that makes him feel alive. He’s sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking questions about Ryan’s depression that no one else has ever been brave enough—or cared enough—to ask. Ryan isn’t sure why he trusts Nicki with his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he desperately needs to start living again.

Fire and Ice is giving away our advanced reading copy of Try Not To Breathe. Must be 16 or older and have a US mailing address. Simply comment below to enter. Giveaway ends February 12, 2012. Good luck!