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.
Posted by Melissa Walker on Wednesday, March 28, 2012