Emily is ready for a change. She's been in the same town with the same friends for a long time...and 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 more important when push comes to shove.Review - When talking about one's teen years most people speak about the freedom but most forget the trapped feeling that tended to overwhelm. As a teenager you are always stuck between who you are and who you will be - whether you follow a well worn path or blaze your own trail. Vivian's Same Difference is a quiet, nuanced look at a specific time in Emily's growth from teen to independent being. There are no easy solutions, no hero on a white stead, no right answers. It is contemporary at its purest - following a relatable character as they deal with life's inevitable quandaries.
Published: March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback, 256 pages