Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Book Review #624
Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian
Rating: one star (out of four)

I thought the cover for this book was very intriguing.  And I think that was part of the reason why I picked it up.  I was disappointed with the inside content though.  I thought Emily was a little stereotypical and not as well developed as I would have liked.  Her friends, family, and town seemed a little too nice and somewhat shallow.  The art concept of the book was interesting, I actually felt a slight itch in my fingers to put the book down and draw something.  As far as Emily's new friends at the art school, I was not impressed.  I saw how she was struggling to see who she was, but I thought she may have taken it a little far.  I was never really startled at any of the little plot twists or nuances, I pretty much saw everything major coming.  

*Spoiler here* 

I didn't care for the relationship between Emily and Yates, I felt like it was a little too unrealistic.  I kept thinking, "why would he find her interesting?" and I was disappointed with Yates lack of character in some of his actions.  If they had truly cared for each other, they would have not taken such risks in their relationship.  Yates needed that TA and RA position, and he knew what a relationship with Emily would lead to.  Emily took some bad advice from her friend and ended up hurting Yates.  If she had cared for him and wanted what was best for him, she would have steered clear of Yates so that she wouldn't cost him his job.  

*End of Spoiler*

There was minimal swearing that I put up with, but it would have definitely made the book better if they had kept it out.  I was also disgruntled with some of the moral stances in some of the characters.  I did not view circumstances in the same easy light as they did, but I saw it as something far more serious.  I can't say that I would recommend this book, I found it flawed and lacking in substance to make it a worthy read.

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