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The Different Girl

2.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,569 ratings  ·  384 reviews
Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone sur
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Dutton Juvenile
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Molly Courtenay I hope so, it really needs to be a series.

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May 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Oh gosh, this was... pretty bad.

Everything I learned about storytelling is apparently wrong because this book has almost no plot, and definitely no resolution. No ending, not even a sad one. I just didn't get it. We are left with only questions, no answers. Some answers you may be able to infer, but with no validation or hint that you are on the right track-what does it matter? What exactly is the point of this story?

If it was to explore what exactly humanity is, it failed at that miserably. I
Z (Through The Inked Pages)
*rubs my temples*




Can I say something (with a few choice words)???

How the fuck is this YA? I know the four girls--
They're not girls. They're just the same, but different.
oh watch out.

Okay, so I know these four creations or whatever are androids, but they were so. damn. boring. I will never use the word 'boring' again unless the situation/book is exactly like The Different Girl. The freakin'...questions? Class time? The, the..what the hell is it even CALLED?

conversations between t
Rob Slaven
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, sci-fi
First off and as usual, it should be noted that I received this book free from GoodReads in a drawing. Despite that typical and abundantly kind consideration my candid feedback resides below.

Over the past 20 books or so I've tried with great assiduity to accentuate the positive aspects of the titles that GoodReads is so kind to provide. Until this most recent submission, that mindset has been fairly easy to adhere to. Even the worst book provides an entertaining diversion if looked at in the pro
J. Greene
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Honestly, how do you rate a book like this? I guess the better question would've been how do you write a book like this. This was verbal diarrhea. It literally made no sense at all. For starters what is this book even about? I've read it and I don't even know.

Here's the synopsis from
Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very dif
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Four orphaned girls live on an island after their parents died in a plane crash. The girls are identical in every way with the exception of their hair color: Veronika has red hair, Isobel is blonde, Caroline is a brunette and Eleanor has black hair. They are taught to observe, think, reason, and recognize abstract concepts while remaining obedient and dutiful to Robbert and Irene, their caretakers.

Their idyll and isolated lives are dist
Nov 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, extra-copy
Every so often a book comes along that you struggle to get through. Unfortunately, this was one of thise for me for a few different reasons. I was tempted along the way to just DNF it, but only chose to stick with it because there was a lot hidden from readers that I wanted to see revealed and explained. Needless to say I was not impressed when much of it stayed hidden and I felt like I stuck with the book for no reason.

This book really went wrong in two areas for me. First of all, I found it du
Bridget Mckinney
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This book was wonderful enough that I stayed up far, far past my bedtime last night so I could finish reading it.

I love that this story is told from the point of view of one of four identical girls. Veronika's journey is one of discovery--of who and what she is and where she and her sisters came from. Ultimately, this is a coming-of-age story, but it's complicated when you're a humanoid robot.

I also love that the ending isn't a traditionally "happy" one. Instead, it's a hopeful one that continue
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a box full of advanced copy books from a local book store and this was among them. It was one of the first I chose to read because the premise intrigued me.

It didn't take much reading to discover that the girls were probably mechanized in some way although at first I wasn't sure if they were android or perhaps cyborg. This book did catch me and hold me (I read it in less than 24 hours) and I did enjoy it, but I was left with so many questions! I loved the
Robert Davis
Truly an imaginative and mysterious piece of storytelling. I was hooked from the beginning. I still have a lot of questions, but I feel satisfied.

I really just like how the whole thing was constructed, put together, the way the robots are given life, personality and character. Really entertaining.

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On a small tropical island in the middle of the ocean, Veronika lives with three other girls and two caretakers. The four girls are the exact same size and weight and age, distinguished by their different hair - Isobel with her lemon yellow hair, Caroline with her coconut brown hair, Eleanor with her black hair the color of wet tar, and Veronika with her rust red locks. Every day, Veronika and the other girls go on walks to observe and report back their f
Nov 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Boring, pointless, weird, and UNCLEAR.

There is none.
Pick up another book. Please. Don't torture your brain.

So. The first 2/3 of the novel was just the girls doing boring things and watching boring things and making observations about boring things and asking dumb questions.

Something like this (no, this is not an actual scene of the novel but it might as well be):
George saw a brown ant walking on the ground, carrying a piece of grass. ``Where
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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In Gordon Dahlquist’s new novel The Different Girl, Veronika, Caroline, Isobel and Eleanor are four young girls who live on a small island with their two adult caretakers Irene and Robbert. The girls are completely identical aside from the color of their hair: one is blond, one brunette, one red, and one black. They don’t know exactly why they’re on the island; all they’ve been told is that their parents died in a plane crash so Irene and Robbert are raising them there. Each day passes more or l ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
So I picked this book up for three different reasons:
1. The cover art
2. The interesting sounding plot
3. It looked short enough, I though I could finish it pretty quickly.

Boy was I wrong about that third one. This book was so frustrating and I could only read about a chapter or two at time because I kept putting it down. I could not read through it straight. There are so many questions through this book and none of them seemed to get answered. Obviously the girls are some sort of robot, but that
Shaeley Santiago
I really enjoyed this book. Imagine living alone on a small island with three other girls who look just like you (except the color of their hair) and your two teachers. Then one day while taking a walk, you find an injured girl washed up on the beach who is very different from you. What will you learn about life and the questions to ask from this girl who is very different from you? Like the book implies on the back cover, "You will have many questions. You will receive some answers. You will le ...more
Intriguing but incomplete. This book was all subtext, with no actual plot or conclusion. Some of the narrative, told from the POV of someone ((view spoiler)) with very limited theoretical understanding of the world, was genius, but I might have to make a "wtf it's just over?" shelf for this book. You never really learn what's going on. Stuff is happening in the background but it doesn't make any sense. There are only questions with no answers. The ending is more of a begi ...more
Wandering Librarians
Veronika has lived on an island for as long as she can remember, with three other girls, Caroline, Isobel and Eleanor. Their teachers are Irene and Robbert. They observe thing. They are warned to never, ever go near the water. One day, pieces of a shipwreck wash up on shore, and along with them a girl, May. With May's coming, Veronika realizes just how different she and the other girls are, and how dangerous the outside world can be.

This was...whoa. There is no way to talk about this without lot
Jenni Frencham
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Chelsea K.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it

My favorite so far of the cyborg/clone books. And guess what? There is NO romance. NONE at all in this book. Which leads me to think that marketing drastically screwed up the cover.

The story is told from 1st person POV by one of four clones.

What I liked best about this book is how well the author was able to give a voice to what is basically a machine. How, even though Veronika never acknowledges that she is not human, you eventually figure out that not only is she a robot...she's a rathe
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
What grabbed my attention about The Different Girl was definitely (and obviously) the cover. I was intrigued by the plot and I even grew to love the characters. At one point in the story (I won't say which), I couldn't help but gasp out loud (on an airplane) out of love for a character. Dahlquist did a great job of making the giving just enough information in regards to the characters and whether or not they could be trusted. I give him an A+ for character development for sure.

I will say that th
Ms. Yingling
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Amy Adams
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I like books that make me think. And this one left my mind reeling! Some other reviewers have pointed out that they feel their questions were unanswered, but I think that's part of the point of the book. Just like the characters had to discover answers and put together bits of information, the reader has to deduce what has happened and what will happen. The author gives you just the right amount of information to be able to draw your own conclusions.
In this book, a set of four girls live on an
Apr 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kristy by: Crystal
"You will have questions. You will receive some answers. You will learn to think differently."

Ummmm. Yeah, I have to questions.
No, I did not receive enough answers.
Think differently? More like turn my brain to mush!

Such a cool idea: computer-type girls who evolve and learn.....
But, what was the point? I'm left with too many unanswered questions!

Odd. Very odd. I'm not saying this was bad.... but, it's very strange and I could have gotten past that had enough been explained. Maybe that was t
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The different girl is a different kind of book that is too sci-fi for my liking. I can see what the writer is trying too hard to tell. Too many words to describe things that could use with less words. Too many unresolved things at the end of the page. Makes you wonder why bother reading if there's no end and beginning but a concept of human conditioning. ...more
Janet Robel
This was ok. I really liked the concept and was looking forward to reading this. Leaves the reader with more questions left unresolved. Maybe if it was a little longer and it didn't feel like there was such an abrupt ending, I might have enjoyed it more. ...more
Melody Sams
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Franzi P
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humanities
Problems are meant to be solved, questions are meant to be answered and differences are made to be fixed, though what if some differences can’t be controlled? The book The Different Girl written by Gordon Dahlquist has built in many questionable factors which make the reader think differently. I have never been a big believer in science fiction novels but there are many people who are and would love this book.

The narrator Veronica lives on an island with her three sisters (Caroline, Isobel and
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“At Eleanor's feet lay a fresh smear of dirt and grass, which might have come from Irene's sandal or Robert's sneaker if it hadn’t been topped by the dusty dots of small round toes.”

Eleanor, Veronika, Caroline, and Isobel - one blond, one brunette, one redhead, and one with hair black as tar but otherwise identical girls, live on an island with Irene and Robert who with teach them and take care of them. Each night Irene puts them to sleep by pushing the spot behind their ears with a click.

Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is what I wait for. This is why I slog through YA series after series, author after author, mundane retelling after mundane retelling: to find a story that makes me go "SQUEE!!!" (That's an overexcited happy sound to those of you who have never owned a guinea pig or chinchilla.) Oh my, oh my. The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist had me so confused I was writhing in literary anticipation. I got the gist of what was going on only after I got over my pig-headed determination that the "differ ...more
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