Spotlight: The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Madeleine George wrote one of my favorite YA novels, Looks (go get it if you haven't read it--achingly excellent). In her sophomore release, The Difference Between You and Me, we meet Jesse and Emily, two girls at the opposite of the high school spectrum who happen to meet (secretly) in the middle.

Here's the description:

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?

Kirkus gave it a star, and said, "Readers will ache for [Jesse], and they will be torn between rage and pity toward Emily, so intent on forcing herself into a normative role that she cannot admit the truth even to herself. Clever phrasing, a decided political bent against big-box stores and characters who gently poke fun at various stereotypes round out this work of contemporary fiction."

PW gave it a star too. And so do I! Madeleine George makes you feel each moment as if you're inside it. Don't miss this one.


Estelle @ RBR said...

"Madeleine George makes you feel each moment as if you're inside it." I couldn't have said it better and I tried. I really did. It's a great novel.

I had the opportunity to hear MG read part of her book at a reading last night, and it was so interesting to hear everyone's reactions. She was so great at becoming this character, and she was so funny. This book definitely encompasses a range of emotions. Which makes it even better.

Meagan said...

I just picked this book up a few days ago at the library! It was really interesting at first, and I totally liked where it was going. It was a nice change-up from some of the things I've read recently.

Liana said...

I just finished this book and it was really good. I loved how it really morphed into Jesse's story and I loved Jesse's parents. If I read it again, I would take a look at the way it's written. There's actually three POVs and interestingly enough, I think Emily never has any direct dialogue in her parts. But her earnest voice in the narration was a great read. The parallels between Jesse and Esther were really fascinating too.

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