Book Review: The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

Author: Gordon Dahlquist different girl

Publisher:  Dutton Juvenile

Pages: 240

The Different Girl

SUMMARY: 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.

My review: Ohhh. If the cover doesn’t give it away. . .  you might assume The Different Girl was about clones. (But it is a great cover, isn’t it?)

I enjoyed seeing the world through Veronika’s eyes. This was a fast read for me. My problem was the world building was lacking. There’s no real explanation as to why the girls were created in the first place. At least, I wasn’t satisfied with the explanation, but I decided not to dwell on that. Suspension of disbelief, you know? And once I did that, I enjoyed the story.

I noticed many people gave this book only one star blasting it for the lack of plot, but this was more of a coming-of-age story, where the characters mature through observation rather than their actions.

 

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