Same Difference (Paperback)

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“When Emily heads from the suburbs into Philadelphia to take a summer art class, he leaves behind the life she knew and has her eyes opened. But she finds a new way to see herself and her world, and comes to a new understanding about the meaning of home, true friends, and relationships. This is a great book for teen reading groups.”
— Sarah and Marc Galvin, The Bookstore Plus, Lake Placid, NY


Sometimes a girl just needs a change . . .

The last thing Emily wants is another summer of tanning and pool hopping in Cherry Grove. Now that her best friend has a boyfriend, everything feels different in a way she doesn't quite understand. So when offered a spot at a prestigious art program in Philadelphia, Emily jumps at the chance to leave her hometown for a few hours a day.

But it takes more than a change of scenery and a new group of friends to discover yourself. As Emily bounces between a suburb where everyone tries to fit in and a city where everyone wants to be unique, she struggles to find her own identity. And while the rules may change, the pressures remain the same. Friendships can be hard to navigate. Boys can be both mysterious and predictable. And the line between right and wrong can be a little blurry. . . .

About the Author

Siobhan Vivian is the acclaimed author of Not That Kind of Girl, hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "powerful, involving exploration of teen girls' identities and relationships," Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice. A Jersey girl by birth and a Brooklyn girl at heart, Siobhan currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and on the web at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545758024
ISBN-10: 0545758025
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: November 25th, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English