Same Difference

Siobhan Vivian


Same Difference

Same Difference

  • Title: Same Difference
  • Author: Siobhan Vivian
  • ISBN: 9780545004077
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover



Portrait of the artist as a young girl, from new teen writer Siobhan VivianEmily is ready for a change She s been in the same town with the same friends for a long timed none of them really understand her art But when she goes to Philadelphia for a summer art institute, she suddenly finds like minded people One in particular, Fiona, intrigues and challenges her BuPortrait of the artist as a young girl, from new teen writer Siobhan VivianEmily is ready for a change She s been in the same town with the same friends for a long timed none of them really understand her art But when she goes to Philadelphia for a summer art institute, she suddenly finds like minded people One in particular, Fiona, intrigues and challenges her But there are some things Emily is going to have to find out for herself like what the balance is between life and art, and which is important when push comes to shove.


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I find it hard to review Same Difference. There is nothing wrong with this book except that within a few days I will probably not remember I ever read it. Same Difference is your standard coming-of-age story. The main character - Emily - feels a little blue, her best friend has a new boy-friend and Emily feels left out. To break the routine of being the third wheel, she decides to pursue her newly found artistic aspirations and attend a summer arts program in the big city nearby - Philadelphia. [...]

Emily feels trapped. Trapped in Cherry Grove, a suburb that practically exudes pool parties and backyard cookouts. Trapped with her best friend Meg, who has recently gotten a boyfriend and isn't paying as much attention to her. And trapped in a school where art isn't appreciated. So when Emily is offered to go to a prestigious art program over the summer of her junior year, she accepts immediately. However, now she's stuck between two completely different worlds: her hometown where everyone trie [...]

Emily is searching for something real. Summer in her hometown of Cherry Hill doesn’t feel fun anymore as it should, especially since her best friend Meg got a boyfriend. So she decides to attend an art program in nearby Philadelphia. She figures that since she’s always liked drawing, this will be a chance to discover herself without everyone else’s expectations weighing her down. But is a change of scenery really all that Emily needs to forge her own identity? Because it seems like Emily k [...]

Sixteen-year-old Emily struggles to discover her identity as she goes back and forth between an art program in Philadelphia and sunning in the suburbs in New Jersey. I really enjoyed reading this book, and will probably read the author's first book, A Little Friendly Advice soon. A little predictable, but definitely enjoyable. Fun and interesting, and I'll definitely recommend this at my library. However, one thing really bothered me about the plot . . . (SPOILERS AHEAD)-Emily is a REALLY bad fr [...]

I would have given this book four stars, because it was great, but not quite to the five-star mark. But then this happened: The girl in the book is going to summer art classes at the art college in Philly. After her first week, she's still self-conscious about her J. Crew tanks tops- she's way too suburby, she feels. So one morning she takes a Sharpie to one of her tank tops and draws a picture of her (now deceased) cat Meowie. Right there on her tank top. I read this on the lightrail back from [...]

I am able to see bits and pieces of myself in almost every book I read, but it is rare that I find one that so accurately reflects the teen I was (and in some ways even reflects the adult I am now). Emily is a "regular" girl who is a talented artist (OK, that part isn't like me AT ALL) who does not realize the extent of her ability. She willingly downplays her skills to make her more dominant friend, Fiona, stand out and feel better about herself. Even when she is given the opportunity to shine, [...]

This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews! *3.5 star rating* Siobhan Vivian is literally the master of writing a perfect relatable contemporary novel for teenagers willing to look for something fresh and different. Same Difference was a novel that really touched my heart. Yes, it wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty great, and it changed the view that I had on books with a different protagonist than whom I’m used for, someone who’s free to say what [...]

This book had a plot arc that I could totally get behind. It was subtle, no grand gestures, no cliched bullshit. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Emily is a 16-year old boring New Jersey suburbanite. Her summertime fun plans have usually include laying by the pool, going to Starbucks, going to Dairy Queen, all with her cheery best friend Meg. But Emily has just taken an art class in school and found that she has an aptitude for drawing. So her parents signed her up for a summer art program 3 days a week [...]

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 th [...]

It’s summer and Emily is going to be a senior in high school in the fall. She’s a little tired of the way things have been going – her best friend Meg, who lives right across the street, has been dating this guy Rick, and whenever they go out Emily feels like a third wheel. So, when her art teacher recommends her for a summer program in the city (Philadelphia), Emily jumps at the chance. And immediately regrets it after the first few classes make her feel like an idiot. Is she really the t [...]

Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadTooHow many of us can truly say we know who we are, especially as teenagers? Emily is no different. Sure, she has had the same BFF forever, will graduate from high school next year, and her family seems pretty together. Take away those three things, and she has no idea. That is, until her art teacher recommends her for an invitation-only summer program in Philadelphia. Though she has never thought seriously about her artistic ability (like everyone else, she [...]

From suburban lawns to urban art school, the main character is on a summer journey of self-discovery. I recommend for students interested in art who may feel like an outsider in their home, town or school. The art school kids are portrayed in a real way and not idealized. p. 96 "I'm here,looking at you,trying to figure out just who you are. Because it seems like you might be this secret cool person wrapped up inside this whole other cool person. Only you don't know it yet."p.45 "For this class, [...]

2.5: The summer before her senior year, Emily leaves the familiarity and confines of her suburban neighborhood each morning to attend art school in the city. While she has always enjoyed art, under the influence of new peers and courses, Emily begins to develop and trust in her own strong aesthetic voice. Author Vivian’s discussion of composition and materials and her insight into the power of art brings the story to life and is my favorite part of the book. At the same time, Vivian’s plot a [...]

Emily lives in a safe gated community where day after summer day hold nothing more than lazing around a pool and watching her best friend Meg and her boyfriend Rick cosy up. So when the offer of attending a summer program in an art school is made, Emily has her eyes and world broadened. Here she meets an eclectic bunch of people, the arty bunch who encourage her to step outside her vanilla world and grow into the person she wants to be. Morphing into her new shell doesn't sit well with everyone, [...]

I just finished this book Same Difference! It's about this girl named Emily Thompson and she lives in this small town called Cherry Grove, right next to Philidelphia. At first she doesn't make friends that well, but then she meets this one girl named Fiona. She isn't your normal type of person. She is kinda fun and quirky. First off she has short blonde hair but then a pink extension that is about 5 inches longer. The author likes to refer to it as, "A Kool-Aid Waterfall." So when she meets Fion [...]

This book does an excellent job capturing those moments of loneliness that teenagers (and all humans) feel. Emily wants to be liked and will transform herself to fit in with others. At times, the other characters in the book are quite mean to her, and the reader feels complete empathy for her and wants her to feel a sense of belonging. She struggles to develop independent thoughts and ideas, but often, she finds herself emulating a very dominant female in her life, Fiona. The book was very well- [...]

Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian (). Emily, 16, has the chance to spend half-days at a prestigious art school in Philadelphia, splitting her summer between the city and her hometown of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Soon, she finds herself torn between the art world--where everyone wants to be unique, and the suburbs--where fitting in is practically required. Throughout this book, there are moments when you feel like you are Emily; it's a beautifully written coming of age novel.

Love Vivian's writing a lot - her characters are never over-the-top and they don't struggle with twelve million problems before resolving the big one at hand. Emily feels like a real girl. Interestingly, this one pairs really well with Laura Lee Gulledge's graphic novel PAGE BY PAIGE.

This is a steady, quiet coming-of-age story that offers detailed sympathetic characters. Such an absorbing read with lots of insights into Art and our need to connect with it, other people and ourselves.I love realistic, contemporary material, and this is an excellent example of the genre.

2.25Meh. That's mostly what I get from this book. I didn't really like any of the characters, or understand them. I didn't like their decisions, and not even in a way that I don't like them but respect them for their character, etc. I just felt like it was all superficial.

The only book I read from this author is "Not That Kind of Girl" (and I enjoyed it), so I do intend to read more. this one seems to be right up my alley and it might be a great starting point. Dear March, why won't you switch places with January :p

Great book for any art students :) Really inspired me to make art again! Generally easy to understand and such a gooooooooood book for teens :D

This book made me horribly homesick on many many levels. I loved the characters--I KNOW these characters--and loved this book, simple as it was.

I wish this book never ended that's how awesome it was!

KJDBSJBDFJDSBJFCNDSKFNSDKJFIBAFIUQWGEIRBDKFJCNDFKJFNKSD WHAAAAAAAAAAAATTTno estoy segura de si quería terminarlo o no o que pero estoy segura de que me gusto. tal vez es más un 3.5 que un 4 pero culpo al final. En serio, creo que yo no soy de finales felices donde todo se arregla y así, me hubiera gustado más que me dejaran con el corazón roto #masoquistaforever pero aún así no me quejo (o al menos no mucho).No es el tipo de libro que recomiendo no porque no haya sido bueno sino porque me [...]

As Emily goes to an art school for a summer program, she begins to find out who she really us. She discovers how she really feels about something or someone. She realizes everything about her closest friend. She discovers her art style thanks to new ideas and techniques. This book is a great book if you are having trouble discover who you really are.

Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I loved the Sweet Dreams series when I was a tween, and this reminded me of those books (but different in that sex is acknowledged and no big deal). I have 4 more of her titles and hopes that I'll enjoy each of them just as much.

Same Difference is a pretty story of friendship and self discovery - two crucial things when you're sixteen. It's worth a read, although I would have liked for Fiona and Meg to be more rounded characters.

3.5/5 stars :)

rlly nice light read that deals with friendship and art! and being yrself aaaaa highly enojoyed this


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