This Girl Is Different

Open Road Media
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What happens when a girl, homeschooled by her counterculture mother, decides to spend her senior year in public school? First friendship, first love—and first encounters with the complexities of authority and responsibility.

Evie is different. Not just her upbringing—though that’s certainly been unusual—but also her mindset. She’s smart, independent, confident, opinionated, and ready to take on a new challenge: the Institution of School.
It doesn’t take this homeschooled kid long to discover that high school is a whole new world, and not in the ways she expected. It’s also a social minefield, and Evie finds herself confronting new problems at every turn, failing to follow or even understand the rules, and proposing solutions that aren’t welcome or accepted.

Not one to sit idly by, Evie sets out to make changes. Big changes. The movement she starts takes off, but before she realizes what’s happening, her plan spirals out of control, forcing her to come to terms with a world she is only just beginning to comprehend.

J. J. Johnson’s powerful debut novel will enthrall readers as it challenges assumptions about friendship, rules, boundaries, and power.
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About the author

J. J. Johnson is the author of the acclaimed YA novels This Girl Is Different and The Theory of Everything. She graduated from Binghamton University and earned a master’s in education, with a concentration in adolescent risk and prevention, from Harvard University. Johnson has been a youth counselor and an internship coordinator for programs such as The Learning Web and Youth Advocacy. She lives with her family in Durham, North Carolina.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Oct 6, 2015
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Pages
316
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ISBN
9781504026796
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Language
English
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Genres
Young Adult Fiction / School & Education / General
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / New Experience
Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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