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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult
Same Difference is more like the same old when it comes to YA fiction. Its heart is in the right place, but much of the book feels like a retread. Vivian is a talented author, and younger readers may identify nicely with Emily. But Emily's transformation is quite sudden and, along with some other plot points, pretty forced.
Sixteen-year-old Emily is doing something different for the summer: Instead of lounging by the pool with best friend Meg, she'll be heading to Philadelphia several days a week to attend a prestigious summer arts program. Fueled mainly by her insecurity that she's not a talented artist, Emily has trouble making friends at first. Once fellow art student Fiona takes Emily under her wing, Emily's talent starts to soar -- and she attracts the attention of the class TA. (PUSH, Mar., 304 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780545004077, HC, 13 and Up)
Reviewed By: Lauren Spielberg
Published: March 2009