Readers of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Laurie Halse Anderson will be touched by the emotional depth and realistic characters of Jennifer Castle's teen novel You Look Different in Real Life .
Justine charmed the nation in a documentary film featuring five kindergartners.Read more...
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Readers of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Laurie Halse Anderson will be touched by the emotional depth and realistic characters of Jennifer Castle's teen novel You Look Different in Real Life.
Justine charmed the nation in a documentary film featuring five kindergartners. Five years later, her edgy sense of humor made her the star of a second movie that caught up with the lives of the same five kids. Now Justine is sixteen, and another sequel is in the works. Justine isn't ready to have viewers examining her life again. She feels like a disappointment, not at all like the girl everyone fell in love with in the first two movies. But, ready or not, she and the other four teens will soon be in front of the cameras again.
Smart, fresh, and funny, You Look Different in Real Life is an affecting novel about life in an age where the lines between what's personal and what's public aren't always clear.
- ISBN-13: 9780061985812
- ISBN-10: 0061985813
- Publisher: Harper Teen
- Publish Date: June 2013
- Page Count: 355
- Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.73 x 1.21 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.96 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-06
- Reviewer: Staff
When Justine was six years old, she and four classmates were chosen to star in a series of documentaries filmed every five years to trace their changing personalities, interests, and concerns (the premise clearly owes to the Up series of films that have followed a group of British children until adulthood since 1964). Now it’s time to make the third installment, and 16-year-old Justine, having mixed feelings about her celebrity status, isn’t sure she wants to take part. After some coaxing, she reluctantly agrees, but she has no idea that the filming of her all-too-mundane life will lead her and the other participants on an unforgettable journey. In a sudden act of rebellion, the five decide to dismiss the director’s plans and take the recording in a new direction. Although the story is told from Justine’s perspective, her four classmates are equally complex and interesting, with deep personal conflicts. Castle (The Beginning of After) succeeds in providing suspense and drama as each character’s emotional baggage is unpacked on and off the screen. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (June)