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This Girl Is Different

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  869 ratings  ·  229 reviews
What happens when a girl, homeschooled by her counterculture mother, decides to spend her senior year in public school? First friendship, first love--and first encounters with the complexities of authority and responsibility.
Evie is different. Not just her upbringing--though that's certainly been unusual--but also her mindset. She's smart, independent, confident, opinionat
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Peachtree Publishers
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I finished reading this book over a month ago, and I'm still at a loss on how to review it. I had a great time reading it, I really wanted to know how it ends, but I had nothing important to say about it afterwards. So instead of the usual review, I’ll just try to write down a few things that might help you decide whether you want to read it or not:

• This Girl Is Different made me smile a lot. It wasn’t laugh out loud funny, but it was cute and endearing. It grabbed my attention on the first pag
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, for-review, down-under, own
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
So that’s what Mean Girls would have been like were it not for Ms Fey.

High Points.
A heroine who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Homeschooling (a concept that, I guess, does exist in the UK but I’ve never met anyone who has been!) The environment. Diversity. Teenage rebellion, a particular weakness of mine. Really intriguing issues brought up that I haven’t read about in a YA book. The quotes at the beginning of the chapters- they were lovely and I wrote a few down i
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña completa:

Si os gustan las novelas juveniles de instituto, con protagonistas reivindicativas y que trata temas de actualidad esta novela os encantará.

La pluma de la autora es exquisita, sabe transmitir todo lo que siente la protagonista, consigue hasta que te pongas en su piel y además que te vuelvas adicta a su historia. No solo es muy ágil y amena la narración, sino que da importancia a temas importantes como el acoso escolar, la discriminación, l
Oct 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-na
The title should have tipped me off that this book was not for me, but it didn't because I didn't know the context in which it would pertain to the story. As it turns out it meant that I would absolutely abhor the main character, Evie, and everything she does. I have never before so actively pulled for a character to fail.

One of my biggest peeves in life is someone who has to perpetually point out how different they are and every time she said it to herself I wanted to throw the book. She gets e
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Kada sam prvi puta vidjela ovu knjigu, imala sam osjećaj da bi se moglo raditi o nečem vrlo zanimljivom. Sada mi je jako drago što mi se sasvim slučajno pružila prilika da je i pročitam. Pošto sam i sama učiteljica, ova tema mi je bila i više nego zanimljiva. Bilo je vrlo zabavno i inspirirajuće družiti se s Evie, mladom, pametnom i neustrašivom djevojkom koja ustraje u svom naumu da promijeni svijet oko sebe na bolje. Prava priča o prijateljstvu i snazi da pomičemo granice.
Vídeo reseña en el 25 oct 2018.

Nos encontramos con un libro dirigido al público infantil/juvenil, pero como muchos libros que pertenecen al género juvenil, pienso que puede ser leído por un adulto y disfrutarlo igual o más. En este caso, creo que una persona adulta lo puede disfrutar muchísimo porque lo va a transportar de vuelta al mundo del instituto, de los amigos, los primeros amores, las primeras rebeliones al creer que en el mundo hay injusticias que pueden ser
Učitaj se!
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Evie je tinejdžerica koja se upravo sprema krenuti u zadnji razred srednje škole. Za Evie je to prilično velik korak, budući da nikada ranije nije išla u školu, već se školovala kod kuće. Školovanje kod kuće nije, pritom, i jedina stvar zbog koje će se Evie razlikovati od većine svojih vršnjaka i budućih školskih kolega: Evie je odrasla samo s majkom, koja ju je naučila da uvijek bude samouvjerena, emancipirana, slobodoumna i samostalna; da uvijek kaže ono što misli i da se bori za svoja uvjeren ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zaista mislim da se život ne svodi na ono što si mogao biti. Život se svodi samo na ono što si pokušao. Ne pogađa me neuspjeh, ali nezamislivo mi je da bih sebi oprostio što nisam pokušao. (Nikki Giovanni)

Kao što ste primjetili, analizu sam počela sa citatom. Citati se spominju na početku svakog poglavlja, te su izuzetno važni Evie, njezinoj majci, te jednom od profesora. A vjerujete, i meni se sviđa uz ovakvu knjigu pročitat nešto novo, te prepisat koji citat u svoju bilježnicu.
Ova djevojka je
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 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 bei
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
No ha estado mal, pero me ha faltado algo más en esta historia. Y con la protagonista no he llegado a congeniar mucho porque algunas veces la he visto demasiado prepotente en el sentido de que ella siempre llevaba la razón y los demás estaban equivocados en sus convicciones. A pesar de esto, es una lectura amena y entretenida, muy agradable y placentera.
Tasos Anastasopoulos
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First of all i would like to thank Netgalley for giving me the chance to have access and finally to read that book, i hope that my review can be a bit helpful so i can give back at least part of what i have received...

It is obvious that not only "this girl is different" but the whole book itself... Evie is a teenage girl that was raised all those years just by her mother (who never calls her mom) Martha, she lives in "the Dome" a very special house that they have built themselves (along with her
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, this is absolutely a unique book with a take on homeschooling that doesn't veer into the weird religious road. So that was nice. But THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT solidified my notion that I just don't like hippies. At all. Martha, Eve's mother, I wanted to beat her to death with her own Birkenstocks. I'm all for people wanting to have a self-sustaining lifestyle and all of that. I think that's fantastic. But those that don't follow it through, complain about "The Man" holding them down and then ...more

I liked the book, don't get me wrong, but having a title like This Girl Is Different I was expecting something different, indeed. What I found was other high school story, a bit original in the inception, but same-same in the end... Not disappointing, but not especially surprising either.

I have no experience with homeschooling since that's not possible in Spain, so I'm not entering in details about how well-educated Evie was or her personality. For me as a layperson in these matters it was ju
Lillian Hong
Jun 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
A hippie Mary Sue self appoints herself as the role of Justice in a nearby high school and fucks all shit up. She is a hypocrite, a phony, and has the biggest pride you'll ever see. She also never fails to remind you that she's different and special (she says the title of the book many, many times). Since she's a Mary Sue, everything works out well in the end despite the fact that she does nothing but talk the talk and run from the walk. Because she's a Mary Sue. Did I mention she's a Mary Sue? ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
At first I thought the story is shallow because of the cover, but I actually learned a lot from this book! This novel tackles a lot of issues that happens in reality. It reminds the readers not to abuse power, not to judge people, to stand up for what you believe in, and to always be cautious of what you say because telling the truth can sometimes hurt even if your intention is good.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adult to adult readers
Recommended to Gmr by: Peachtree Publishers
So, where to begin. When I first saw this book listed in Peachtree Publishing's spring catalog, it gave me pause. Why? Well, the cover first and foremost. You have to admit that's a pretty eye catching piece of artwork there and I just love how "different" is turned upside down....kind of like Evie's world in the coming days. Second giver of pause, the story synopsis. It sounded just "different" enough to be interesting, but what I got once I started on my reading adventure....was a whole lot mo ...more
Amy (Turn the Page)
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-library
This is a light, refreshing story, one I enjoyed reading, though parts did get a bit too melodramatic towards the end.

Evie was a protagonist I ultimately liked, though my positive feelings towards her did lessen as the story progressed. She is confident, cheerful, stands up for herself and has a strong moral compass, but there were times when she came across as judgmental and condescending (in regards to her, and her mother’s, way of life, how she views the rest of the student population etc) an
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eversong Sparkling Morningdew je drukčija. Ne samo zbog svog osebujnog imena, nego i zbog načina na koji je odgajana. Evie je tinejdžerica, odgajana u uvjetima u kojima rijetko koji tinejdžer živi. Ona i njena majka Martha žive u Kupolastoj kući koju su same izgradile , ne posjeduju Tv ali zato Evie posjeduje hrpu citata koje skuplja čitajući različite knjige i nikada nije išla u školu. E sad, ne bacajte odmah predrasude jer Evie se školovala kod kuće i usprkos neobičnom stilu života koji vodi s ...more
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
Summary from GoodReads
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 s
Ellen Isabella
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ellen by: Tasos Anastasopoulos

Evie spends most of her education life being a homeschooled student. Now on her senior year, she decides to enter the public school to experience how it is being in a school. There she finds some facts about the injustice that happens in the school. She tries to stand on her own idealism, to fight for the justice and help others. But things don’t just go as what she has planned, she has to face some difficulty and accept that everything can be different in real life.

Jackie Marrs
Jun 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson was indeed a different young adult book compared to others that I have been reading. The main character, Evie, has been raised by her single mom in the woods of northern New York, where her mom has been homeschooling her all of her life. For her senior year, Evie convinces her mom to let her go to high school. She petitions her mom to let her do this on the basis that it will be a social experiment. Evie who has grown accustomed to being outspoken and for s ...more
Nakesha Brown
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is like watching a feel good movie. It starts good, the drama builds, you question 'how is she going to fix this' then it all comes together nicely in the end.

It was refreshing to have such a thoughtful, intelligent girl as the man character. Evie is awesome! Her vocabulary, her ideas, her naïveté. It's all perfect and very believable. Martha, her mom is the coolest. Although, I would have liked to have her explain why she called her Martha instead of mom. I love the way she m
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun

Evensong Sparkling Morningdew (she prefers to be called Evie, if you know what I mean,) has been homeschooled her whole life, and with senior year coming around the corner, she decides to spend her last year at high school, where she'll do a little bit of pop culture research (and maybe experience some "normal girl" tendencies, like attendance and mean girls and falling in love.) The thing is, when Evie gets there, things aren't as great as they're
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, read-2011
*3.5: Recommended*
This Girl is Different is, hence the title, so different than most YA books published today. I can't just point a finger at a certain part and say, "This is what made it so unique," because there were a lot of aspects and events and types of people that made it that way. There was Evie: who spoke her mind, her mother Martha: a new age Hippie, the... well, I don't want to give anything away. So, as to not ruin your reading experience, I'll just tell you that the whole environmen
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-copy
Eccentric, natural, different. The reader follows the journey of one homeschooler's chance to live out the complexities of public high school. From the excitement on the first day to the horrors that follow, the author gives you more than a taste of what could happen when a student shows her colors.

All Evie wants is the experience. Her mother wishes for a spy. Evie becomes an advocate of student rights, but falters when her plan backfires. There are two themes that contrast each other in this no
Michelle. D.
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sooooo.... This book was highly entertaining for a couple of reasons.
First, Rajas. He is hot(well seems hot anyway). He has an Wesome personality and a great sense of humour. Though the labels thing is kind of a downside, he gets over it(or does he lol).
Second of all, I love all the quotes in the book along with the quote arguments from Evie(love her name!). Brookner was always a creep for me and I was surprised that he liked her and not her cause here were all these signs that led me to believe
Evie has been homeschooled her entire life, but just once she wants to try out public school, before going off to college. A big fan of John Hughs' work, she has ideas about school that are all about to change.

I don't know why I didn't get to this sooner. I enjoyed the mix of idealist and realist that is Evie, I loved that she was capable of liking different types of girls, her feminism, and how her ideals are brought up against reality. The romance plot never relies on stupid contrivances to ke
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of the United Methodist Women's selected books in their reading challenge program, and that is not to imply that there is anything "religious" in this novel, because there isn't. It was listed under the "Youth/Young adult" category. Now, with all that said, I found the book interesting with a good message (which is why I believe it was included in the UMW reading challenge).
The story takes place in a high school during the senior year of the three main characters. It ke
Apr 26, 2011 added it
Shelves: young-adult
This good, first, solidly teen novel lost me a bit in the last 20 pages (I didn't find the rally finale believable), but there's A LOT to recommend it. Smart, feisty, feminist, political, home-schooled heroine (Evie) going to public high school for her senior year, her savvy counter-culture mom, Martha; a very hot boy, plus everything you've always loved to hate about high school, which activist Evie tilts against to good, hilarious, and near disastrous effect. Will look for what's next from thi ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is my 500th book I've read within five year, and I think it was the great book to mark this milestone. Evie was a great character: unique, active, humorous. Although i think Evie can do better than Rajas, I'm glad she got her own happy ending. High school can be a cruel place...even crueler for those who don't have a place within the place..
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J.J. Johnson is a youth counselor turned young adult novelist. She grew up (with an 80s perm) in a very small town in central New York. She then went to Binghamton University, where she discovered writing --and dancing, and marching, and sitting-in-- for social justice. She graduated with a history degree in 1996.

In 2001, J.J. earned a Master of Education from Harvard University, concentrating on
“My boyfriend dumped me. My best friend won't talk to me. My future is in a garbage can. Everything has turned to crap. Can you please just let me be a sullen teenager. just this once” 11 likes
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