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Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
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Mar 21, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009-book, young-adult
Read on March 21, 2010

I am able to see bits and pieces of myself in almost every book I read, but it is rare that I find one that so accurately reflects the teen I was (and in some ways even reflects the adult I am now). Emily is a "regular" girl who is a talented artist (OK, that part isn't like me AT ALL) who does not realize the extent of her ability. She willingly downplays her skills to make her more dominant friend, Fiona, stand out and feel better about herself. Even when she is given the opportunity to shine, she can't fully enjoy it because she feels guilty that Fiona is not the one receiving the attention. Emily is so much like the girl I was, that it almost hurt me to read parts of this book. I wonder if I would have recognized myself as easily if I had read this book as a teen?
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