THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT by J.J. Johnson

THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Despite warnings from her hippie mom (who stealthily places peace stickers on toy guns at Wal-Mart), Evie’s eager to give up homeschooling at their sustainable home in upstate New York to spend her senior year at the “Institution of School.” Outspoken Evie, with a voice so endearing and provocative that it will make readers pause often to think, quickly discovers in this witty debut that high school is full of biased rules, abuses of power and a lack of civil liberties. Only her newfound friend, popular, Indian-American cheerleader Jacinda, and her gorgeous cousin, Rajas, make the endeavor tolerable. Normally self-confident and eschewing labels, Evie can’t explain why she wants to define her first love, which can leave her vulnerable and insecure. After the cheerleading coach humiliates a member for her weight, the trio sets up a blog for the People’s Lightning to Undermine True Oppression (PLUTO) with a manifesto for social justice and mounts a lightning bolt to the coach’s door. Their friendship suffers, and the school turns to chaos, however, when Jacinda’s inappropriate relationship with a teacher is outed and students use PLUTO to air personal grievances. Learning firsthand how difficult it is to lead a revolution, Evie wonders if she’s up to the challenge or if she’s just the freak everyone calls her. Readers will never look at high school—or life—the same. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-56145-578-2
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Peachtree
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2011




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