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Me, Just Different
By Stephanie Morrill
Review by Roseanna White


Skylar Hoyt has it all and doesn’t know if she wants any of it anymore. She’s the leader of the popular girls, has a boyfriend who’s off the cute-meter, is known for her exotic Hawaiian looks . . . and is seriously wondering what it all matters. A near-disaster at a party when she had too much to drink scares her back to the straight and narrow—but when her family’s tossed into crisis, she has to think it’s too little too late.

Her parents are constantly fighting. Her little sister confides a secret that could very well be the ruin of life as they all know it. And to make matters worse, the only person who understands her sudden desire to change is a guy she does not want to talk to, does not want to like, and definitely does not want dating her best friend . . . who may or may not still be her best friend. Why can’t life just be simple? And why’s it so stinkin’ hard to change?

Me, Just Different is the book to read for teen girls this year. It plunges the reader into the mind of Skylar and holds them captive until they turn the last page. What I absolutely adored about this book is the way Skylar is utterly relatable, utterly real, and, because of that, utterly lovable. Even in her less-than-stellar moments. She fights, she fails, and she picks herself back up. She learns the hard way that it isn’t easy to be who you want to be . . . if you can even figure out who that is—and that to do it at all, you need Someone a little bigger to help you out.

Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. Skylar is a character you’re going to love to root for, one with real struggles and a real heart. Friendship, boyfriends, guy friends, and relationships with family are all challenged in these pages, and you’ll come away from it looking at your own life a little more closely.

This is one of those books that you finish but never leave behind—it’s going to stick in your mind and heart forever.

Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 1 July 2009
ISBN: 9780800733773
Price: $12.99
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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