The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George

Emily and Jesse share a secret relationship conducted exclusively in a public library bathroom. Though both girls feel a deep connection to each other, they are as dissimilar as possible – Jesse is rebellious and liberal, while Emily is the perfect overachiever, and even has a boyfriend. When an “evil” corporation sets its sights on the school’s dance, Emily and Jesse find themselves on opposing sides of the issue, and must decide whether their differences can be put aside for love.

If you love books with characters who are easy to hate, you’ll love this book. You’ll be rooting for Jesse to finally stand up for herself, because Emily is straight up awful! She’s manipulative, neglectful, and is clearly only interested in the physical aspect of her and Jesse’s relationship. Not to mention Emily has an adoring and supportive boyfriend, Michael, and doesn’t think making out with Jesse is cheating. However, while Emily is infuriating, she’s also highly entertaining, and you’ll love the way the book ends. The best thing about this story is that it accurately portrays a teenage relationship (unfortunately), but in a way that will have you realizing that Emily’s behavior is just not OK. Like the cover says, the book is empowering and will definitely have you looking to your own romances (or friendships), making sure you’re valued and respected. Overall, a great book with an easy-to-read, diary style narrative that leaves much to think about.

Rating: 4/5

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