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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Livewire Books for Teenagers (31 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704349469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704349469
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the 16th of July last year, when I was fifteen years, two months and four days old, the questions in my mind were:
1. Was I going to get a seat on the back row of the coach tomorrow when we went on the Year-10 trip to Littlehampton, or would Cleo blank me (again) and make sure it was filled up with the latest crowd she hung around with?
2. When was Mum going to stop seeing Robbie as the sweet, little, innocent, perfect child and me as the difficult, moody teenager?
3. What was I going to wear tomorrow? Jeans and a T-shirt (baggy? skimpy?)? Denim shorts and the black shoes with clumpy heels? Red shift dress? And how come other girls seem to know about these things and I don't?
4. How had I done in the exams? (Terrible probably but I honestly, really, truly was going to work harder next year for my GCSEs.)
5. What did others (especially boys) think of me? Stupid, pretty, ordinary, ugly? Did they think about me at all?
6. And last, but by no means least, was Jesse ever, ever going to look at me and think I was special?
A week later, it was impossible to believe that this was all I had to worry about.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book gave me a lot to think about.The main character Libby is really brilliant you feel part of her.At first your reading about her worries before she goes on a school trip then the book changes.After a swim in the sea she becomes ill,the descriptions of how she feels in this part of the book are heart wrenching as in a lot of the book. She goes into hospital and it is there that a large part of the book takes place.Some parts are not for the squeamish such as when she has a lumbar puncture. Later on in the book she begins to see she has to take hold of her life,hence the title a different life. I have tried not to give too much away in this review in case you are about to read it,if you are hope you thoroughly enjoy it. If you,on the other hand, have already read it I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I would recommend this book to readers between the age of 12 and 15 or maybe older.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan. 2001
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This is a great book which I really identified with, having become disabled at the same age as the character in the book. So much of it rings true, and it's sad and funny in good measure. So many other books use disabled characters to symbolise something (like 'struggle against adversity' or 'pity') but this books lets the characters shine, and shows disabled people as varied, changing and growing individuals in their own right. And it's fun to read! Well done, Lois!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Nov. 2000
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This is such a good book.I read a lot(10 books a month) and this is certainly one of the best.It helps you understand how your life would change and it makes you realise how much you think they are totally out of our world when they are just plain human beings who have had something happen to their lives but just want to continue normally.It also makes you realise how they hate being stared at.Well done Lois Keith!!!(11)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 1999
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I absoulutely loved this book and the main character Libby is really belivable. I have read the book several times and it is a definate hit. I also recommened it to several frind who loved it as well!!!
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A GOOD INSIGHT INTO THE LIFE OF A TEENAGE GIRL 12 Nov. 2000
By sushmitasarkar15@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A different life tells the tale of 14 year old Libby who goes out on a school trip with her mates. She goes swimming in the sea and catches a strange diease one day later, which leaves her paralysed from the waist down. The doctors have no cure. The book describes how Libby copes with her disability. The book deals with issues of sea pollution, societies reaponse to disabled people. All in all a very powerful book. A good, unique read.
Awesome book for disabled teens 6 Feb. 2015
By Deidre Hammon - Published on Amazon.com
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... And adults with ID/DD. seldom do you get to see yourself in the story. Fabulous!
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