The Difference Between You and Me

The Difference Between You and Me

by Madeleine George

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"Sweet, tender, and true!" - Laurie Halse Anderson

Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.

These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what's more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101567012
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 381,218
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Madeleine George is an award-winning playwright and a founding member of the playwriting collective 13P. She is also the director of the Bard College satellite campus at Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility in Manhattan. Ms. George lives in New York City.

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Praise for The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George:

"...this heartbreaking tale is powerfully raw..." —Kirkus, starred review

"The characters are vivid ... and the desire Jesse and Emily feel for each other jumps off the page .... Readers of Julie Ann Peters, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Zarr, and Sarah Dessen will welcome this addition to collections of realistic fiction." —School Library Journal, starred review

"...especially memorable." —Horn Book

"Teens expecting a run-of-the-mill romance are in for a surprise with George's (Looks, 2008) smart, multilayered novel told in alternating viewpoints." —Booklist

"...warm, complex, hopeful, and original..." —BCCB

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The Difference Between You and Me 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm torn about this book. There were certain sections I thought were perfectly done whereas others I found dull. The story is told primarily from the point of view of Jesse, an out and proud, opinionated teenage girl who spends her time creating manifestos for kids on the outskirts. Interspersed throughout are chapters from the point of view of Emily, the pretty, popular, student council vice president whom Jesse spends Tuesday afternoons secretly making out with. The conflict comes when Jesse's mission clashes with Emily's. The characters came off as a bit stereotyped and one dimensional, especially Emily. The background characters did not serve much of a purpose to the story. I did enjoy the fact that there was a plot and this was not just a story about a relationship. I also felt that Jesse's experience with a closeted girl was very true to life and their relationship was realistic (and at times heartbreaking).
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jesse. a politically aware and openly gay student, is having a clandestine relationship with a girl who also has a boyfriend, and is very concerned about her reputation. When they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue affecting their school, Jesse must determine where she stands and what is really important to her.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jesse lives for Tuesday afternoons, slipping into the third-floor accessible bathroom at the library and meeting Emily on her break from work. Emily lives for Tuesday afternoons, the one time she can be with Jesse, not worrying about what student council or her friends or her boyfriend would think about her if they knew. Jesse and Emily come from different worlds - Jesse is out and proud, Emily is a closeted girly girl - but when they're together, none of that seems to matter. But when Emily approaches a Big Bad Corporation about sponsoring their school dance and Jesse meets Esther, a politically minded individualist who's not afraid to be herself, it turns out that the differences between Jesse and Emily just might be enough to drive them apart. I wouldn't call this a romance, although love plays a bit part in the plot. The book's more about not only taking a stand for what you believe in, but taking the necessary action to make it happen. Dual narratives show the story from both Jesse's and Emily's points of view, with a few chapters from Esther thrown in for good measure. I loved that even though Jesse's story is told in third person and Emily's story is told in first person, I still felt more distance from Emily because she's in such cotton-headed denial about her own life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing storyline. I really felt super connected to Jesse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just plain okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I finished in one day.
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