Four girls live on an island with their two caretakers. The girls are identical except for their hair color. Then another girl shipwrecks on the island and changes come to the girls' lives.
*warning -- kinda spoilery, but not really, because honestly, there's not much to spoil*
Let me start out by saying that I didn't get the point of this book ... at all. Veronika and her three companions are not quite normal, and their caretakers are obviously there to test their abilities. When May ("the different girl" I assume) arrives, they are freaked out. Apparently, the rest of the world doesn't take kindly to Veronika's kind (though we never find out why) and everyone's in danger from some outside force. The resolution is vague, and we don't ever get more than teasing hints about the type of world we're in. Some will find this open-endedness intriguing, but I found it perplexing.
I did think Veronika's narration and observations fit her character well, but because it was emotionless and difficult to connect with, I don't really want to give this a Zombie Chicken merit badge for writing. There was virtually no action, no romance, no twists, and minimal worldbuilding. If I had a badge for beautiful covers, though, it would definitely earn it, because I adore this cover.
THE DIFFERENT GIRL comes out February 21, 2013. Find out more about it at the publisher's website.
FTC disclosure: I requested this book for review from the publisher.
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