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The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
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Feb 25, 2013

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bookshelves: arc, low-res
Read from February 10 to 15, 2013

The Different Girl is a different book for Gordon Dahlquist. It’s written for a different audience and told by a different voice. I’d like to hear what that voice sounds like on the audiobook, for the narrator is no ordinary girl. Not by our standards, at any rate; by her own standards the only thing that distinguishes Veronika from Caroline, Eleanor, and Isobel is the color of her hair. It’s not until May arrives on the island that Veronika begins to recognizes differences, for May is a very different girl.

I enjoyed the juxtaposition of what makes a girl different, and the story only works in Veronika’s voice. I felt constrained by her limited first person point-of-view, however. Without the larger picture available the story had an unfinished quality to it, which may have been intentional. As a fan of Dahlquist’s books for adults (very different books), this seemed decidedly low-res.
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