It’s Monday! What are you reading?!

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This week I read The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George. I did not read the inside cover before I checked it out so I was somewhat surprised that this story revolves around two girls who are in a secret love relationship. I did like this book because each chapter was from either Jesse’s perspective or Emily’s. Jesse is very open about being gay and she doesn’t care, she puts off a rough exterior with her big boots but sometimes it came across to me that she was vulnerable, especially when it came to Emily. On the other hand Emily has a boyfriend and has had this boyfriend (Mike) since they were born. She is a perfectionist and just wants to make her school better. Her and Jesse have nothing in common when you look at the lifestyle of the two or their appearance, but they are both very passionate people who want to be heard, just not about the same things. I would recommend reading this because it actually has a good message, which is that all people are different and if you really get to know someone and how they feel you might find an amazing person.

I am ashamed to say this was the only book I read this week.

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14 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?!”

  1. This sounds like a great book! This topic seems more and more common in our conversations today and reading a book such as this might help better explain it to some people. Did you enjoy the book? Is it worth the read?

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  2. That’s great that the plot was a sort of surprise for you. From the title you can tell that there is going to be a conflict in status between the main characters, but I wouldn’t have expected that plot. I’ll have to check it out.

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  3. This sounds like a really good book. As someone said above, the topic is one that would interest students, and is so very current. What reading level/grade level would you say the book is at?

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  4. This sounds very interesting, I always like reading LGBT books because they just aren’t as common as they should be. The view of the community always makes them interesting and the challenges they have to face from closed-minded people.

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful book! I also think that kids should have lots of options regarding lifestyle choices–and LGBT books are some of my favorites, because they can really help personify the issue for kids who may not understand “why” some people are gay (for instance, they may think it is a “choice”) and it is often so much easier to have empathy for people when you can relate the issue to something they understand–and literature does such a beautiful job of this! 🙂

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  6. This sounds like a really good book! What age group does it target? Usually books for younger students don’t talk about and LGBT. However, I think that it is great because it shows children they can be who they want to be. If their favorite characters in the book can do it, so can they. I think that this topic of the book really targets todays community more because of the legalization of gay marriage now. What a great response!

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  7. This book looks very interesting! I can see picking it up just based on the lime green cover, haha. I think books are a great way to cover some of the heavier issues middle school age students tackle. It’s a safe place to learn about all sorts of different thoughts, ideas, and scenarios. If you taught the appropriate grade level, would you let your students read this book? How would you handle that?

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  8. I feel like this book can teach a lot about values and help students understand that people are different! Sometimes you just have a week where you seem to have no free time, even to read!

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