Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: September 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Allie Johnston’s secret wish since the day she was twelve is to have her nose done. But she hasn’t told anyone–not her parents, or even her best friend, Jen. But when she starts visiting a plastic surgery discussion board on the Web, she finds people who get her, for the first time in her life. Her new friends, including two girls her age with vastly different backgrounds who share her obsession with changing their faces–but for very different reasons. A sharply written, insightful book about learning to be happy with who we are.
How many of us wish we could change something about ourselves? I guarantee all of us have wanted to at one time or another. This story struck a cord with me, because as soon as I read the synopsis I could relate to Allie completely. We might not be self-conscious about the same things, but some of the words Allie said in this book scared me. They scared me because they were strikingly similar to things I’ve said myself. How she felt at her lowest-I’ve felt the same way. Because of all that, this review is going to be a bit more personal.
This might be a hard book for some to relate to because Allie does go to extremes, but I can tell you that this happens. People do actually feel this way about themselves.
A DIFFERENT ME deals with a lot of different issues, not only body image issues but familial issues and much darker issues. This story is not without its faults, as it did seem somewhat unrealistic that all the people Allie was involved with had some sort of emotional trauma or issue but I guess it’s not that hard to believe in today’s society. Everyone has their demons. I can’t say all these issues were talked about well, because some seemed a little randomly thrown in to further the main character’s emotional journey and come to a conclusion.
The characters and writing seemed a bit vapid at times, there were some things I definitely did not agree with but I liked the overall message and there are some really good quotes in there. It’s also very easy to feel Allie’s internal struggle with her looks, as well as how she slowly crawls out of that hole.
“I’m more than the face in the mirror or the image captured in a photograph.”
This book has really made me think about a lot of things differently. Am I going to run out and be immediately 100% happy with myself? No, not quite. But I do feel a tad more confident, and even that tad can make people feel worlds better about themselves.
Quotes from an Advanced Readers Copy.
This book was provided to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.