REVIEW: This Girl is Different (101)


Title: This Girl is Different
Author: JJ Johnson
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-1561455782


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This girl is different… That’s what Evie has always told herself and it s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she s decided to see what high school is like for the first time for her senior year. And what a year it is.

As it turns out, it s not just Evie who s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what s good and what s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse both by the administration and by Evie herself.


Evensong “Evie” Morningdew is a homeschooled student, ready to try her last year of school in public high school. While drawing near a river stream in the middle of the woods, she manages to sprain her ankle and waits patiently for someone, anyone, to come and find her. After all, she is all alone. When cousins Rajas and Jacinda stumble upon Evie and help her home, Evie is very grateful. Rajas and Jacinda attend the local highschool where Evie will be attending and so are they! Knowing a few people before school starts will surely help her feel at home in the new schooling environment, won’t it?

girl-different-coverThe thing with Evie, though — this girl is different. She begins to see all the social injustices in the school system and views the school in a different way than other students do. Armed with knowledge, Evie is determined to fight for student rights but in doing so manages to rub people the wrong way.

I loved This Girl is Different. I loved how intelligent Evie was and how she thought so differently from other students. Even though it seems Evie is so much more intelligent than the average high school student, she is still so ignorant to the unsaid social rules, let alone dealing with boys.

Plus another thing I really enjoyed was the fact that Evie lived in a dome home. I had no idea what a dome home even was until this book and I think they are just fabulous! (Oh I am so nerdy, I know!) But I loved the idea that it’s a house you can build yourself. My husband makes fun of me and refuses, but I totally want to build a dome home and live in one; a fully solar powered dome home! (GEEK MOMENT) Relish in it, will you?

I thought This Girl is Different was a lovely book about being different, accepting differences, and making a difference. It really reminded me a lot of Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl (another book about fitting in socially in highschool) and I just loved that one, too.

The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was the cover. It didn’t quite do the book justice and I think it may cause the book to be overlooked and it’s too great of a story to overlook. I guess this IS one perfect example of not judging a book by the cover. You really shouldn’t because This Girl is Different was a wonderful, worthy read.

1 Comment
  1. caren says

    i think students at coed schools have grown too passive they don’t even realize the rules are being bent under their nose.. evie’s struggle kinda reminds me of mean girls starring lindsay lohan.. i hope evie doesn’t turn into one mean girl.. (;i don’t have an idea what a dome home is but it sounds cool to have one! (; i will hunt this book down. seems fun to read. (; thanks for the review..

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