This Girl Is Different was a breath of fresh air, as much as it irritated the crap out of me.
Having been homeschooled for years, Evie's ready to go to...moreThis Girl Is Different was a breath of fresh air, as much as it irritated the crap out of me.
Having been homeschooled for years, Evie's ready to go to school for real. Along the way she befriends a girl (Jacinda) and a boy (Rajas). School turns out to be not so cool afterall. Evie's used to eating selfmade organic foods & drinks, milking cows, feeding the (piranha) chickens, drawing snakes, living in a geodesic dome and calling her mother "Martha", it's quite a shock to discover teachers being romantically involved with students and being sexist that Evie decides to do something about it. The three (Evie, Jacinda, Rajas) of them cobble together a blog writing about the abuse of these authorities anonymously in the name of justice, but soon things start to get out of control ...
On the one hand Evie was seriously awesome and admirable for standing up to authorities doing her thing without being overbearing (BTW: look out for those quotes at the beginning of each chapter!), but then ... I don't know, I seriously began to doubt her, when it came to (sex-crazed jerk) Rajas (Yah, not really a spoiler, as the sparks fly in first couple of pages), backstabbing friends and her easily granting forgiveness.
Anyway, there were some things which haven't actually been resolved with the ending of the book, but I guess that's fine.
"Are you disappointed all that moon stuff wasn't true?" Charlie asked. Jake looked up at the stars. "No, not really. I can still do that. It's re...more2.25/5
"Are you disappointed all that moon stuff wasn't true?" Charlie asked. Jake looked up at the stars. "No, not really. I can still do that. It's really all about the words. (..) they can make us see amazing things."(less)
lo's brother died and the whole family still hasn't coped with the loss. falling into this dark abyss, where they distance themselves from each other...more
lo's brother died and the whole family still hasn't coped with the loss. falling into this dark abyss, where they distance themselves from each other more and more. when one day, she gets tangled in the murder of a stripper, things start to change. (pene)lo(pe) obsessively tries to solve the case, as the police doesn't even really try to look behind the curtains, which in turn makes her the target of the killer who's still on the loose. of course lo finds out more than she bargained for.
what sets this book apart is most notably that the author made her main character a person with an anxiety disorder (ocd). for those who lost a loved one, there's the familiar pattern of not knowing how to handle the grief, guilt, anger and depression. growing apart as a family. and finding a way back.
"after school, i've been picking bus lines at random, finding new places to explore. mostly i go to other parts of the suburbs, find the high school or the baseball hat store at the mall or a restaurant my brother might have liked"
overall, the book was surprising in its subtle writing, which i appreciated a lot and made my rating higher. she didn't try to make a melodrama out of a drama, which happens more often to authors and their books than i'd like to admit.
random quote "i barely know anything about him, but he seems so familiar --as though i could flip through childhood photo albums and he'd be in every picture."
i'm having (fondly remembered) flashbacks:
"a warmth fills me, like it used to on saturday mornings when i was a kid and i'd wake before anyone else to watch cartoons, wrapped in my fuzzy pale blue blanket, waiting for everyone else to wake up, too"
random quote "a rush fills my whole body as i do, clears up my head, makes me feel instantly like everything in the whole world is okay, like the universe and solar system and every big, holy planet and blade of grass and flake of fresh-fallen snow are rotating and growing and falling just for me right now. when i find where it belongs, where it fits, everything will be whole: i will plug up the emptiness, the swirling, sucking drain of the universe spinning into chaos."
A half white, half black teen finds herself in a conflicted situation when she sees her pregnant mom's boyfriend hooking up with another woman. Responsibility falls into her hands. Keep the lie or face the facts and confront the truth? As Jaz decides to keep this dirty little secret, her relationship with those around her gets more and more strained.
IF I TELL addresses racism, mobbing, teen pregnancy, single-parent upbringing, postnatal depression and breaking the unwritten rule.
This is a book for colored people. Or just people unjustly discriminated through no fault of their own. I'd even go so far, as to say that it's for all the people (/slash assholes) out there, who've ever said something nasty to someone with a skin color different to their own. Racist remarks are always hard to handle. Even if the racist in question isn't attacking you personally, it doesn't make it ok or less bad.
Discrimination. Racism. Stories like these can never get too old. That's the sad thing. They're timeless.(less)