The Different Girl: Book summary and reviews of The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

The Different Girl

by Gordon Dahlquist

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The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

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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.

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"Four nearly identical girls living with their teachers on a tropical island have difficulty getting along with a new girl who seems different from them in this unusual and enigmatic science-fiction outing ... The author never reveals why the girls are hidden away and what their purpose might be, leaving that to readers' imaginations. Most intriguing. Ages 12 & up." - Kirkus

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Laura Misiara Lincheta

Good but I wished to know more
It's a weird book with a lot of questioning, a book where you ask whys and you have to answer them by yourself. I like it because it's very literary and it becomes interesting how you have to understand things that are not said, but I didn't like at the end there are things that you want to know but the book don't give you an answer. They same questions they had, why they were in the island? Who really were their parents? What were Irene and Robbert intentions? What happened when the boat arrived? Where went Irene and Robbert? and the more important question, What they were?

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Gordon Dahlquist

Gordon Dahlquist is a graduate of Reed College and Columbia University's School of the Arts. He worked for several years writing and directing plays, including Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles: SPF, New York), and Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; published in Breaking Ground), both of which received a Garland Playwriting Award.

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