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December 26, 2011

Review: This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson - Farah

Title: This Girl is Different
Author: J.J. Johnson
Publication date: April 1st, 2011
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Ebook (NetGalley)
Pages: 320

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.

When we got this book from NetGalley, I immediately said I wanted to read it. First off, the cover is so creative. I love anything cartoonish and it has a different vibe. Considering the title as well, I was so interested on how "different" the girl is. I like people who are different, so I was really excited to read this.

When I first started reading, it started off well. I liked the fact that Evie had different ways of thinking because she was home-schooled. On her senior year, she decides to go to school to experience the high school life. Things didn't turn out as she expected, so that's when things started to change. Evie met Rajas and his cousin, and they became friends. After Evie experienced many acts of injustice, that felt weird and unfair to her, which would feel totally normal to those who went to school all their lives, she had an idea.

The book just continues on how Evie tries to get justice, and somethings get messed up. Her relationship with Rajas evolves and so on. I had high hopes for this book, but sadly, I was disappointed. I'm all about justice, so I really enjoyed that part, but other than that, it felt kind of boring. 

There were different ratings for this book. Some people loved it, while others didn't enjoy it as much. As much as I hoped I would be part of those who loved it, I didn't. Doesn't mean that you won't like it, so give it a try!
 A little scratchy, might need some tuning


  1. Great post, I hadn't heard of this book before but it does look intriguing. Wish it had been better for you though!

  2. To read on goodreads!

  3. This book looks intriguing enough. While it may not have been amazing, I think I'll still give it a chance. Hopefully I won't find it as boring.