Meghan Ball and Aimee Zorn could not be more different. Meghan is extremely overweight, constantly persecuted by her classmates, and spends her time trying to be invisible. Aimee is the new girl in school, a poet, and has a litany of food “allergies” she uses to explain her anorexia. Despite their differences, Meghan feels drawn to Aimee, and wants to protect her from people she mistakenly believes are her friends. Aimee, however, is repulsed by Meghan and wants nothing to do with her. Together, the two must overcome their inner flaws to see each other as they really are.
I really enjoy Madeleine George’s writing, and I loved The Difference Between You and Me. Unfortunately, this book just isn’t as great. The story is interesting, the characters have some depth, but the ending leaves SO many loose ends. Sometimes I don’t mind an open ending, as I like to come up with my own, but I just had too many questions at the end of this novel. If you’re looking for a high-school “mean girl”-esque story, give this one a shot, but its ending may leave you disappointed. Aside from the beautiful writing style of George, there’s no real wow factor here.
* ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2009
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