Synopses & Reviews
"Sweet, tender, and true!" - Laurie Halse Anderson
Jesse cuts her own hair with a Swiss Army knife. She wears big green fisherman's boots. She's the founding (and only) member of NOLAW, the National Organization to Liberate All Weirdos. Emily wears sweaters with faux pearl buttons. She's vice president of the student council. She has a boyfriend.
These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" they share every Tuesday afternoon. Jesse wishes their relationship could be out in the open, but Emily feels she has too much to lose. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a heated school conflict, they each have to decide what's more important: what you believe in, or the one you love?
"It doesn't make sense that radical 15-year-old Jesse who plasters her high school's walls with 'Normalcy is Death' manifestoes could be smitten with buttoned-up student council v-p Emily. It makes even less sense that Emily, who has a steady boyfriend, has reciprocal feelings for outspoken Jesse. But when the two girls meet in secret, all reason flies out the window ('Kissing Emily is literally the best thing Jesse has ever done. In her life. There is no feeling more right or perfect'). In a frank and funny account of opposites attracting, George (Looks) provides remarkable insight into teenage romance, alternating between the girls' perspectives as she conveys their uncertainties and traces their growing political awareness. When Emily and Jesse end up on opposite sides of a heated battle to keep big business out of the community, Emily manages to keep her conflicting interests compartmentalized, but the pressure is getting to Jesse. Rather than offering easy answers about love, lust, and politics, George recognizes teenage vulnerabilities and promotes taking a stand. Strong, empathetic characterizations and whip-smart writing make this a seriously enjoyable read. Ages 12 up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"...this heartbreaking tale is powerfully raw..." Kirkus Reviews, starred review, January 1, 2012
"...especially memorable." Horn Book, March/April 2012
"Teens expecting a run-of-the-mill romance are in for a surprise with George's (Looks, 2008) smart, multilayered novel told in alternating viewpoints." Booklist, March 15, 2012
"...warm, complex, hopeful, and original..." BCCB, May 1, 2012
"The characters are vivid ... and the desire Jesse and Emily feel for each other jumps off the page .... Readers of Julie Ann Peters, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Zarr, and Sarah Dessen will welcome this addition to collections of realistic fiction." School Library Journal, starred review, June 1, 2012
Praise for The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George:
"...this heartbreaking tale is powerfully raw..." —Kirkus, starred review
"The characters are vivid ... and the desire Jesse and Emily feel for each other jumps off the page .... Readers of Julie Ann Peters, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarah Zarr, and Sarah Dessen will welcome this addition to collections of realistic fiction." —School Library Journal, starred review
"...especially memorable." —Horn Book
"Teens expecting a run-of-the-mill romance are in for a surprise with George's (Looks, 2008) smart, multilayered novel told in alternating viewpoints." —Booklist
"...warm, complex, hopeful, and original..." —BCCB
About the Author
Madeleine George is an award-winning playwright and a founding member of the playwriting collective 13P. She is also the director of the Bard College satellite campus at Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility in Manhattan. Ms. George lives in New York City.