Emily is ready for a change. She’s been in the same town with the same friends for a long time…and none of them really understand her art. But when she goes to Philadelphia for a summer art institute, she suddenly finds like-minded people. One in particular, Fiona, intrigues and challenges her. But there are some things Emily is going to have to find out for herself — like what the balance is between life and art, and which is more important when push comes to shove.
First off, I never meant to read this book. I ended up accidently putting this book on hold when I was trying to get a copy of Derek Kirk Kim’s Same Difference. The details weren’t loading, so I just shrugged, stopped the loading sequence and put a hold on both of them. And I’m glad that I did.
Same Difference was interesting, if nothing else. Which means a lot. I wasn’t as much of a fan of the main character, but I thought that was important. She starts out as more of a blank canvas, a person whose not really sure who they want to be, but as she goes to school and has new experiences and makes new friends, she begins to find out who she wants to be and who she doesn’t. Which is important. It gives a lot of reminiscence, and that was a huge part of the story.
Same Difference is not as well loved by me as Derek Kirk Kim’s Same Difference, but it is still a great book that I think takes a lot of questions that most teenagers ask–consciously or not–and a book that I smile at whenever I see on the shelf. A great book that I think deserves more recognition, and one that fans of Siobhan Vivian will not be disappointed by. 3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 287
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