Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian

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Emily needs a change of scenery. She's been pegged as the "arty girl" by the kids in school — even her own friends. There's some truth to that, but there's more to how she sees the world than painting or drawing, and no one seems to understand that.

So when Emily gets the chance to go to an art program in Philadelphia for the summer, she jumps at it. A new cast of characters enters her life... and suddenly she has to figure out who she wants to be. She's gone from the suburbs where everyone's trying to be the same to a school where everyone's trying to be unique. The rules may have changed, but the pressures haven't.

With wit and empathy, Siobhan Vivian goes straight to the heart of a teen girl's search for identity — including the pain and heartache we have to go through to figure out who we are.

About Siobhan Vivian

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Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a “powerful, involving exploration of teen girls’ identities and relationships,” Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at
Published April 1, 2012 by Scholastic Inc.. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction

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Emily isn’t sold on spending the summer commuting from her wealthy suburban enclave to the Philadelphia College of Fine Arts, but she might as well: Her lifelong best friend “Meg got a boyfriend and I got a hobby.

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For 16 years, Emily hasn’t known much more than life beyond her hometown of Cherry Grove, New Jersey.

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The Trades

Same Difference hooked me from its first few lines, where our protagonist Emily describes the perfect skies she used to draw, with “clouds that looked like the bodies of cartoon sheep” and where “birds flew in flocks of little black Vs.” She then goes on to comment that the real sky is kind of a ...

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It's a coming-of-age story in the true sense: throughout the book, Emily undergoes a complete transformation of self, the way she sees the world, and the way she sees the people and world around her.

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