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June 06, 2012

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The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
Reviewed by Melanie

Looking for something different? You've reading the right book review! The Difference Between You and Me is about two teenage girls, Jesse and Emily, who couldn't be anymore different but they share a romance that doesn't extend beyond the the local library's bathroom. Their secret love hits a bump in the road (more like a boulder, actually) when they disagree on a heated issue. The Difference Between You and Me is not your typical YA romance. The story is actually more about the compromises we must make in order to get justice then a simple teenage fling. The characters are very unique and compelling. The plot is definitely something new and is crafted excellently. Another interesting thing about this book was the alternating viewpoints. It's fun to get into more than one character's head. The downside to this book is the pace. It gets a little slow, but it's still worth it. So seriously, read this book. It will get you thinking.

Head Case by Sarah Aronson

Reviewed by Melanie

Don't drink and drive kids. In case infomercials and health class has not engraved this message in your mind already, read this book. In Head Case, a teenage boy, Frank, is paralyzed from the waist down after crashing his car because he drank too much. Frank must now come to terms with his new lifestyle as well as the death of his girlfriend, who was killed in the same crash. This is not your typical angst, but it is your typical message. But even an exhausted lesson in literature can be brought to life with a good plot and interesting characters. The characters were mediocre, but the story itself was quite enjoyable. It's a short novel that keeps you hooked until the end. And oh, the end was impressive! I would suggest this book to any young adult. Just don't read it and drive. Seriously.

Posted by Arlo at June 6, 2012 05:32 PM