Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Different Girl

The Different Girl
by Gordon Dahlquist
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 21st 2013 by Dutton Juvenile 
 
On a secluded island live four girls that are identical in all except hair color...one is blond, one brunette, one redhead and one with black hair. The girls know nothing of the world away from their private paradise. They have a routine and are very precise and calm in everything they do. Their predictable world is drastically changed when May is shipwrecked on the shore. May is a totally different type of person than they are used to. The narrator is one of the girls so the tale is told in her straight-forward tone - full of naivety and questions about the way things are. A story with minimal characters in a small locale has a powerful message of humanity. A futuristic dystopian world is hinted at but everything is so focused on the island it hardly matters what's out there.

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