This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson
"This girl is different… That’s what Evie has always told herself—and it’s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she’s decided to see what high school is like for the first time—for her senior year. And what a year it is.
As it turns out, it’s not just Evie who’s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what’s good and what’s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse—both by the administration and by Evie herself."
Evie has been home-schooled all her life by her mother Martha and her brother (mum's) Rich!
She and her mother lead a hippie life in the Dome Home, which they built by themselves.During her last year of high school she decides to go to school and see how it feels. Of course its not exactly what she expected-too many rules and formalities. With her firm value system, she sets out to change the school's system..
but what follows is her journey of heartbreak and new things she never expected to learn...
I LOVED the book. It kept me engaged from the first page right until the end.In fact i even got emotional on several occasional in the book and was as tormented as the heroine! What i loved most about this book are the characters, they were a developed and more mature than usual teens in YA books.Johnson portrays the modern teen so well-she doesn't make us sound stupid and unreasonable (which in my opinion a majority of books do!)
I could relate to the protagonist so well, the climax of the book seemed so reasonable, like something that could actually happen to anyone (except maybe the home-school theme, i don't think its all that popular!). Evie made all the decisions i would have made if i was her. So i could completely connect with her!
I would give it a 6 on 5! An amazing book, i loved it a lot..It didn't teach me any lesson as such, but a really good story!And i would strongly recommend this to everyone reading this review..
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