Review: The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

May 16, 2013 Review 12

Review: The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist
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Publisher: Dutton
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 240
Release Date: February 21st 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
0 Stars
Four nearly identical girls on a desert island. An unexpected new arrival. A gently warped near future where nothing is quite as it seems.

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.
Nope. Nope, nope, nope. Nope. Nope.  Oh gosh, this was… pretty bad. I don’t think I could write a real review on this but I still think it deserves to be talked about so you guys can avoid it. Here goes.

Everything I learned about storytelling is apparently wrong because this book has almost no plot, and definitely no resolution. No ending, not even a sad one. I just didn’t get it. We are left with only questions, no answers. Some answers you may be able to infer, but with no validation or hint that you are on the right track-what does it matter? What exactly is the point of this story?


If it was to explore what exactly humanity is, it failed at that miserably. I believe Dahlquist might have had a goal in mind when he wrote this but it was absolutely poor execution. When I finished this, I told my co-blogger that it might be the worst book I had ever read.

Your brain is likely to shut down before you figure out this one. The only metaphor I can think of for this one is this: Imagine you are given numerous puzzle pieces, each from a different puzzle, and are told to complete it. You try even though your efforts are wasted because there is no way to complete the puzzle because the pieces are all from different puzzles with no hope for fitting.

I am a fan of stories being left open to interpretation, when there is an actual story being told.
This was just…

It wasn’t just the no plot, open-ended word fest that bothered me. It was even the writing itself. There are pages upon pages of girl just describing their days. What they saw, they heard, etc. It literally goes on and on, and there is a repeat of this every day.

 Don’t waste your time on this.
Rating Report
Overall: 0.5

12 Responses to “Review: The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist”

  1. Sapir V

    Wow. Was is THAT bad? I’m going to skip it for sure!! I hate books that drag and drag without any plot or resolution. I always feel like I’m wasting my time when I read a book like that. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion about this one!! And I love your use of gifs (:

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  2. lilybloombooks

    OK. I am going to attempt to re read your review because I was laughing my bum off with your gifs.

    Whew. *wipes tears*

    That bad huh? Luckily this one wasn’t on my radar anyway. Thanks for your honesty!

  3. rivie bleu

    That’s an interesting cover. Oh no, that’s too bad, it looks so good. He must have had a point with the book, I wonder what went wrong

  4. Aman

    Oh, that bad. I actually loved how you described your experience reading this story with the puzzle pieces. That would make my head hurt too! Not even going to this this one a second though! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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