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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Allie Johnston's secret wish since the day she was twelve is to have her nose done. But she hasn't told anyone--not her parents, or even her best friend, Jen. But when she starts visiting a plastic surgery discussion board on the Web, she finds people who get her, for the first time in her life. Her new friends, including two girls her age with vastly different backgrounds ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by AW Teen (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kirsti Call
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review

What I liked: This book takes a normal teenage girl and her insecurities and guides us through her journey to self discovery. I really understood and enjoyed the MC. Her thoughts about her flaws seemed spot on. The exploration of what plastic surgery does to you as a person was well done and Allie's slow realization of who she wanted to be was realistic. The book is well written and thought provoking.

What I didn't like: I thoug
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
"For years, Allie Johnston has wanted something she rarely discusses outside of an online chat group: a nose job. For her, a nose job could mean becoming beautiful, which in turn, would equal great self-esteem and happiness. When she meets two girls online who also want nose jobs, the three team up to support each other as they face the procedure. As Allie begins to seriously face the surgery and not just dream of it, she will have to decide if fixing her nose is what she is really after." Full ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but I didn't enjoy this book.


I take notes with post-its as I go, and I go in order of the book. Enjoy.


You read it right. The motherf-ing prologue. A. Typo. WHAT?! A typo?! Seriously? And I quote: "Violins are playing in the background. At least I think I they are, but it's hard to hear because everything's getting floaty and fuzzy."

Did you catch it? "I think I they ar
Macy Felts
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Different Me written by Deborah Blumenthal is about a girl named Allie. She's the geek, has low self esteem and doesn't like the way she looks. Allie similar to most girls these days , have came to the decision that she hates her nose so her first thought was, a nose job. That's a decision that she thinks is the only way to solve all her problems. She is the straight A student who looks up to and wants to be exactly like Amber the most popular girl in school also the model. I enjoy young roman ...more
Makenzie Gorda
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

Deborah Blumenthal wrote the book A Different Me. The story is about a 14 year old girl named Allie who isn’t confident in herself, or how she looks. Allie turns to the internet to look for people just like her. Allie met 2 girls that were very alike her. Allie, Katrina, and Melanie all wish for the same thing: a nose job. Throughout the story, you can tell that Deborah Blumenthal wishes to entertain you with a story that has a serious plot, but she adds humor, happiness, and many things you can
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
How many of us wish we could change something about ourselves? I guarantee all of us have wanted to at one time or another. This story struck a cord with me, because as soon as I read the synopsis I could relate to Allie completely. We might not be self-conscious about the same things, but some of the words Allie said in this book scared me. They scared me because they were strikingly similar to things I've said myself. How she felt at her lowest-I've felt the same way. Because of all that, this ...more
Will Wortner
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to read this for a review. It is far outside my normal genres, (But I never deny a request!) Having said that, it’s not the first time I have read this far outside my norm by request, but this has by far been my most impressive readI was surprised by this book, and think it’s deserving of 5 stars. This book will come highly recommended from me to its intended audience (Girls 13-18.)

I think the meaning behind the song “Demons” by Imagine Dragons and A Different Me are very similar. It
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
My life would be perfect if…..I had a better job, if I had more education, or perhaps if I had could just say no more often. Most people have said or have had thoughts about having a perfect life but for Allie her perfect life would start if she had Amber’s nose. This slender, straight feature sits perfectly on Amber’s face and people are not drawn to its appearance, now if only Allie had one just like it. Allie has been obsessed with Amber’s nose for a while and while she has brought up the ide ...more
Kanna P
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kanna Parker

“A Different Me” by Deborah Blumenthal is a interesting book the shows the reader the point of view of a person that hates the way they look. This book shows how someone may act about their insecurities and how they view themselves.
In the beginning of the story we are introduced to the main character, Allie. Allie, has very low self-esteem and hates her nose. Her whole life she had dreamed about getting a nose job to perfect her face. While fantasizing about a nose job Allie meets t
Sally Kruger
Allie is ecstatic to learn that she is not alone. She is not the only girl who hates her nose!

For as long as Allie can remember, she has wanted to change one thing about her appearance. The shape of her nose, especially the bump, has disgusted her. She wears sunglasses in hopes of hiding it, and she is always looking for makeup tips that help hid imperfections.

No one knows how she feels, not her parents and not even her best friend Jen. But all that changes when Allie finds a website devoted to
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this book made me anxious: 15-year-old Allie’s life focus is to get cosmetic surgery, to pay money for rhinoplasty to remove a bump on her nose. When that is done, her theory goes, she can feel okay with herself. After that necessary unease (who wouldn’t feel sad for such an insecure character?), A Different Me unfolds into a crisply written, energetic tale, taking us on a realistic ride through a teenager’s experience, from her shaky state of self-esteem to her bloom of confide ...more
Lauri Rottmayer
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a really great book about a girl who is obsessed with having her nose "done".

Allie is 15 years old and all of her insecurities revolve around the fact that she has a bump in her nose. She wants desperately to have a nose job but hasn't told her parents. She joins a plastic surgery forum and meets two girls who feel the same. They become good friends. After the second friend has her surgery, Allie finally talks to her parents who agree that she can also have the surgery.

While all this i
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Trigger Warning: mild references to sexual abuse

Premise: I wasn't sure what to expect this book. I don't read a lot of contemporary novels, especially not a lot of women focused ones and plastic surgery is something I've never even thought of before. I was pleasantly surprised by this book though. The plot is simple and focuses on characters finding themselves and looking at others deeper then what is on the surface and it executed that very well.

Writing: Well written. The prose is invisible an
Angelina Quiroz
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I think it was a good book for me to read because its about a teen in this generation with alot of the same struggles every teen goes through. I loved how so many different people from different backgrounds are apart of this story. Like how the popular girl everyone wants to be, actually has a rough life and has to deal with so much. The one weird guy who wears eyeliner, he does it to get the attention towards himself and not his brother that has cancer. I liked how this boo ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is an okay book. The topic of the book is what really got me interested in it and is really the only interesting thing about it. Not many fiction books deal with the topic of plastic/cosmetic surgery, so this was a nice surprise. The main character is likable but a bit dull.
My biggest complaint is the writing wasn't that "good" and the characters were just cardboard dull. There was no real "personality" to many of the characters.
But the writing!! Ugh, i
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Allie is a lot like your average American teenaged girl: self-conscious. Allie really hates her nose. Like, REALLY hates it. She wants nothing more than to get rhinoplasty and be rid of the source of all her troubles. This story chronicles Allie's detachment from her circle of friends, and the bonds she forms with the girls she meets online, all of whom want to get a nose-job. We see girls who get what they want, girls who have to wait, and Allie. The author does talk about some of the repercuss ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I cannot stand books about an "issue" that pretty much focus every sentence on adding to said issue. I get that something like this, it becomes obsessive, it IS something Allie thinks about in all parts of her life, but seriously. There is nothing else.

I also had a huge problem connecting with Allie. She didn't seem real. She certainly wasn't likeable. And I couldn't believe how the people in her life reacted to her asking for a nose job - even the plastic surgeons didn't seem too concerned abo
Leigh-ann Brodber
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading A Different Me was like reading a story about that one particular problem every person goes through in life: feeling insecure about their looks. Allie Johnson is a normal teenage girl with a normal teenage life, except she doesn’t like her nose. Ever since she was a preteen, she felt the need to get a nose job. She didn’t want to speak about it with her parents or best friend in the fear that they just wouldn’t “get her.” At school, she’s obsessed with Amber, the most popular girl there, ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Different Me is a cute contemporary novel. I loved that the main character's parents are functional and caring. This book explores beauty and self image in teen girls. I did have a few issues with the novel, but they did not keep me from enjoying it overall. 1) I see why the plot needed the mentoring setup, but as a teacher, it bothered me. 2) In my opinion the teenagers were too wise to be realistic. Still, a cute and thought-provoking tale.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: The Shadow Nose
Drinking Buddy: Why the Long Face?
Testosterone Level: Don't Get Your Nose Out of Joint
Talky Talk: A Nose By Any Other Name
Bonus Factors: Snooty Girl, Mysterious Loner Geek
Bromance Status: We'll Cross That Bridge When We Come to It

Read the full book report here.
Paige Mix
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was good. It was a little odd for a story, but sometimes odd is good. I love how she finds people who feel how she feels and how she has supporters through it all. I wish the story told a little more about what happened to her a few months after she got the procedure but it was a good way to end.
Kate Johnson
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a very well-written book. In the story, Allie Johnston struggles with insecurities about her appearance. Throughout the book there are plenty of good lessons on how to become confident, encouraging, and a better friend. Allie meets people that help her to realize that there are better things to focus on in life than your flaws, and that she is not the only one that has some problems.
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a book I could totally relate to (unfortunately) and was very uplifting to read - I loved the idea and plot line and although I feel like the execution of the book could have been better, it was still an enjoyable read.
Sophia Rosen
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Karen McQuestion
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a really quick read about a topic I think we're all interested in--would our lives be different if we could drastically change one aspect of our appearance?
Hayes the Haute Librarian
Dec 03, 2014 marked it as abandoned
I just couldn't continue with this. The friendships between the girls was shallow and unreal.
Racheal Kalisz
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I think this is an important topic, and for YA it is a good message, but as an adult all just fit together too "nice" for me. My twelve year old LOVED it!
Bonnie Kogos
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A deeply touching story about three teens who struggle with body image issues. Exquisitely written. Loved it.
Shannon Springer
Pretty Good

While I enjoyed the basic story line of this book, it was fairly predictable. I like a few more twists in my stories so I gave it a four.
rated it it was ok
Jul 22, 2014
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Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who now divides her time between writing children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appear ...more

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