Tuesday, August 20, 2013

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Justine, Rory, Nate, Keira and Felix were chosen when they were five-years-old to be in a documentary. Film makers followed the cute kindergartners throughout their days and made a movie that quickly became popular. When the children were 11, the film makers returned and made a very anticipated follow-up documentary.

Now Justine and the others are sixteen and when the film makers return, she is not at all sure she wants to participate this time. For one thing, her boyfriend just broke up with her, also, the only other of the five students she speaks to is Felix. Rory, her former best friend, won't even look at her, popular Keira ignores her, and handsome Nate doesn't even seem like the same person.

Now at sixteen, the documentary appears that it will be a big flop because none of the students are speaking to each other. The film makers need to do something and decide to schedule a team-building weekend. Told from Justine's point of view, this novel will appeal to students who like John Green, Deb Caletti and Sara Dessen. All five students are dealing with major issues: sexual identity, autism, and divorce. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to mature readers.

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