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The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
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Jan 30, 2012

really liked it

Jesse lives for Tuesday afternoons, slipping into the third-floor accessible bathroom at the library and meeting Emily on her break from work. Emily lives for Tuesday afternoons, the one time she can be with Jesse, not worrying about what student council or her friends or her boyfriend would think about her if they knew. Jesse and Emily come from different worlds - Jesse is out and proud, Emily is a closeted girly girl - but when they're together, none of that seems to matter. But when Emily approaches a Big Bad Corporation about sponsoring their school dance and Jesse meets Esther, a politically minded individualist who's not afraid to be herself, it turns out that the differences between Jesse and Emily just might be enough to drive them apart.

I wouldn't call this a romance, although love plays a bit part in the plot. The book's more about not only taking a stand for what you believe in, but taking the necessary action to make it happen. Dual narratives show the story from both Jesse's and Emily's points of view, with a few chapters from Esther thrown in for good measure. I loved that even though Jesse's story is told in third person and Emily's story is told in first person, I still felt more distance from Emily because she's in such cotton-headed denial about her own life.
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