Sunday, July 17, 2011

Different Can Be Good

Book Report for This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson

Cover Story: Relevant and Unique
BFF Charm: Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Sing It Sistah!
Bonus Factors: Hippie Mom, Green, Loyal Pet
Relationship Status:  One With You

Cover Story:

I love this so much. It is so unique yet actually relevant to the book! The text, the lightening, the drawing are all pleasing to my eye and mean so much after finishing the book.

The Deal:
Evie is different. Not just her upbringing-though that's certainly been unusual-but also her mindset. She's smart, independent, confident, opinionated, and ready to take on a new challenge: The Institution of School.

It doesn't take this homeschooled kid long to discover that high school is a whole new world, and not in the way she expected. It's also a social minefield, and Evie finds herself confronting new problems at every turn, failing to follow or even understand the rules, and proposing solutions that aren't welcome or accepted.

Not one to sit idly by, Evie sets out to make changes. Big changes. The movement she starts takes off, but before she realizes what's happening, her plan spirals out of control, forcing her to come to terms with a world she is only just beginning to comprehend.

JJ Johnson's powerful debut novel will enthrall readers as it challenges assumptions about friendship, rules, boundaries, and power. (from GoodReads)

BFF Charm: Yes!
Evie is most definitely best friend material. She stands up for what she believes in but also keeps her friends constantly in mind, even when they aren't happy with her. Her activism and extremely strong moral compass make her a BFF that I realized would be true to herself and her promises. Although she makes mistakes in the book, she easily can admit and attempt to fix them.

Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Oh Rajas! Adorable and Indian (definitely props for this, because that isn't something you read everyday).  He is so realistic because I can name many boys who don't like to be "defined" by relationships. Evie and Rajas have a couple swoon-y moments. He doesn't always do the right thing but he is totally right for Evie.

Talky Talk: Sing it Sistah!

Evie's different mindset is what makes her observations and judgments for the world around her so interesting to read. Her determination and wit make you root for her educational revolution. She learns from her mistakes, something I also enjoy in a character. Evie is not a character that has been written before but she is a refreshing new voice.

Bonus Factors:
Hippie Mom

Martha is Evie's mom who is a free spirit. She guides Evie to make the right choices but has her own spunk as well!

Evie and Martha live a green lifestyle in a biodome house. Evie doesn't complain about her lifestyle. In fact, she takes comfort in it.

Loyal Pet
Hannah Bramble is Evie and Martha's cow. She doesn't play a large role in the novel but I enjoy her presence nonetheless.

Relationship Status: One With You
I enjoyed this book on multiple levels. Evie is a fantastic character with a unique mind. She is three-dimensional and realistic. Her educational background had me wishing she were in my colleges classes. This Girl is Different is a book for those who appreciate a person for who they are and what they bring to the table.

Disclaimer: I have used the Book Report Style Grading from ForeverYoungAdult. I do not claim originality in my style of reviews. That being said, this is my own personal opinion of a book I was unsolicited to review. I received nothing for my review except the pleasure of reading.

More to Come!
On Deck:
Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
In The Pit:
Misfit by Jon Skovron
Deviant by Adrian McKinty
Park Parties by Sara Grant

1 comment:

  1. Hi there. I am actually the cover designer of THIS GIRL IS DIFFERNT. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this amazing book. This was actually one of my favorite covers to create and I am so glad that you liked it as well.