Me, Just Different (The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the "in" crowd, but who's no longer sure that's where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.

Debut novelist Stephanie Morrill opens her first young adult series with a compelling story...
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Me, Just Different (The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt Book #1)

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Overview

Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the "in" crowd, but who's no longer sure that's where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.

Debut novelist Stephanie Morrill opens her first young adult series with a compelling story about characters every teen will recognize and relate to. Morrill addresses real teen issues, like popularity, friendship, sexuality, and more, with grace and style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441204462
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 897,509
  • File size: 309 KB

Meet the Author

Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association and the Teen Lit writers' group. When she isn't writing or traveling, she's likely reading or experimenting with new recipes. Morrill also serves in youth ministry. She lives in suburban Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and young daughter.
Stephanie Morrill is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Teen Lit writers' group. Morrill is the author of Me, Just Different and Out with the In Crowd, and she also serves in youth ministry. She lives in Kansas with her husband and young daughter.
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  • Posted October 31, 2009

    Every teen girl needs to read this

    This is a must-read for teen girls today. Me, Just Different reminded me of Michelle Sutton's Second Glances series. Both this book and Michelle's DEAL WITH ISSUES! I love that. Teens today are so deceived by the secular worldview of things, and books like this one are what they need to read. While still being fun, enjoyable reads, they really show the truth of things. They aren't fluff, like most teen books are nowadays.

    I cried SO hard! This book will really make you feel things. I felt so sorry for Skylar and what she was going through. Since I have been raised in a Christian, homeschooled environment my whole life, some of the things in this book amazed me. I've never had to deal with drugs, alcohol, smoking, or teen pregnancy. I feel so blessed to have been raised in such a way that I would be able to have a strong Christian foundation before having to deal with those things. So watching Skylar having to deal with them, without the strong Christian upbringing, was heartbreaking. She didn't know what to do, or how to handle what was going on around her.

    I'm really anxious to know what happens in the rest of the series! I believe that the rest of the books will be just as good as this one. Again, a must-read for teens today.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Respectable, Well-written Fiction (Reviewed by TheBookworm)

    Me, Just Different
    By Stephanie Morril
    Pub. Date: July 2009
    5 out of 5 stars
    PG - Sexual References, Alcohol Abuse, and Attempted Rape. These things were not graphic, just mentioned in the book (that is why I didn't rate it PG-13). But, because of the abundance of these mentions, I would suggest this book to ages 14 and up.
    Recommended

    Revell continues to surprise me with respectable, well-written fiction for girl teens that include great role models and realistic teen scenarios.

    Skylar was like a layered cake. The outside icing seems sweet, happy, and carefree. But the inside layers are full of guilt, sadness, and stress. By looking at the cake, you couldn't tell what's hidden underneath. Not until you cut into it. And that is what Connor did. He opened up Skylar's heart and saw the scared, raw emotions inside. And he wanted more than anything to help her heart heal.

    There was only a vague view into Skylar's conscience, in the beginning, allowing only a slight visibility as to why she held so much guilt. As her life grew more confusing and messed up, snippets of information about her past slowly, but steadily, revealed. These tidbits of info lent a door into her past, allowing me, the reader, to better understand her reasoning and heart. Skylar was complex, both in heart and mind, making her an increasingly interesting character.

    The underlining message of growth and renewal was very well cultivated. It unfolded gradually and completely.

    Me, Just Different was more than just a quick, fun read. It was a young adult book with substance and responsibility, which is sadly becoming a rare thing in young adult books.

    Date Reviewed: August 10th, 2009

    For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Best book ever

    This book inspired me i cried i laughed i sighed almost every emotion ever. I habe also read the secomd book. This is a must read i ecomend it for 13 and up unless your more mature then others im 13 and read it. You will fr sure lobe this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    Addicting! Reads like a TV Teen Drama

    When Eli rescues eighteen-year-old Skylar from a bad situation at a summer party, she is so relieved that she agrees to start dating him. But she is also making some life changes. No more parties, and she's going to start going to church. But her friends and family aren't making that an easy thing to do. Eli is always jealous and won't come to church with her, her little sister has a secret that Skylar is forced to keep, and her parents' marriage is falling apart. The last thing she needs is for Connor, the guy down the street, to start butting his nose in where it doesn't belong.

    This was an engrossing read. Stephanie Morrill writes a story as addicting as any TV teen drama. I got sucked into Skylar's circle of friends, with all their issues and cattiness, and was rooting for Skylar to ditch the wrong people and stick with the right ones. I loved how the whole story came together. It's a sweet teen romance that doesn't skimp on the backstabbing girlfriends and clueless boys. I liked it a great deal. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    Teen Issues

    In her senior year of high school, Skylar loves the idea of being in love, but she does not necessarily love her boyfriend. She makes some poor choices and surrounds herself with some of the wrong crowd. Her group of friends are backbitters who don't know the meaning of loyalty.

    This is a book about the complex problems teens face; the redeeming feature is how Skylar finds her way through the mess in her life. I recommend it for older teens.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

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    Great book!!

    This is my first taste of Stephanie Morrill's writing, and I'm anxiously awaiting book two. I love how she showed, with devastating honesty and clarity, how tough peer pressure can be. I turned page after page and before I knew it, I'd read the entire book in one sitting.

    Stephanie does a fantastic job showing me Skylar's struggle to find herself while trying to fit in with her friends. It's real. Brought me back to my high school years. Same old struggle, which doesn't necessarily ONLY exist in high school either.

    Her writing is tight and drew me in from the first page. Each chapter ended with such a hook that it propelled me forward as I had to know what happened next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    Such a Great book!!!

    This is such an amazing book. Stephanie is such wonderful inspirational writer. If you have a young lady that you need a gift for this is the book to get them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2009

    My new FAVORITE book. Forget Twilight!

    This book was AMAZING!!! Finally a thoroughly entertaining and well written teen novel! I read A LOT of Christian fiction and this book is by far my most favorite. If I could give it six out of five stars I would and I am not generous with giving THAT much praise to books. I am a 16 year old and this story is just right for teenagers, as well as adults. It is not unrealistically juvenile and also not unnecessarily and overly edgy (both can be annoying). The story flows so effortlessly without dull moments and still is not rushed. By the end of Skylar's journey you see a new young woman that anyone would respect. The protagonist as well as another character that I will not name (you have to read the story) have layers and it is nice to not read about boring, one dimensional people like in many other books. Morrill's debut novel will have anyone of any age not wanting to put the book down. If there is one book you read this year, read this one. It is good from beginning to end and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. As much as I read, it is rare that I find a book that I am crazy about and that leaves me without any disappointments, but this book unquestionably did the job. I cannot find one flaw. I honestly was not expecting it to be as good as it was but I was wrong and I am so glad. I commend Mrs. Morrill for creating such a great story. Even if you do not read Christian fiction, I can almost guarantee you will still love this book (it really is not super preachy at all). Even if you do not read Teen fiction, I am telling you READ THIS BOOK. There are friendship and family issues, as well as plenty of romance (in a good way that you will thoroughly enjoy). If you want a book that has everything, I recommend no other book but Me, Just Different. Yes, it was that good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    THE Novel for Teen Girls This Year

    Skylar Hoyt has it all and doesn't know if she wants any of it anymore. She's the leader of the popular girls, has a boyfriend who's off the cute-meter, is known for her exotic Hawaiian looks . . . and is seriously wondering what it all matters. A near-disaster at a party when she had too much to drink scares her back to the straight and narrow-but when her family's tossed into crisis, she has to think it's too little too late.

    Her parents are constantly fighting. Her little sister confides a secret that could very well be the ruin of life as they all know it. And to make matters worse, the only person who understands her sudden desire to change is a guy she does not want to talk to, does not want to like, and definitely does not want dating her best friend . . . who may or may not still be her best friend. Why can't life just be simple? And why's it so stinkin' hard to change?

    Me, Just Different is the book to read for teen girls this year. It plunges the reader into the mind of Skylar and holds them captive until they turn the last page. What I absolutely adored about this book is the way Skylar is utterly relatable, utterly real, and, because of that, utterly lovable. Even in her less-than-stellar moments. She fights, she fails, and she picks herself back up. She learns the hard way that it isn't easy to be who you want to be . . . if you can even figure out who that is-and that to do it at all, you need Someone a little bigger to help you out.

    Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner, and I can't wait to get my hands on the next two books in The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series. Skylar is a character you're going to love to root for, one with real struggles and a real heart. Friendship, boyfriends, guy friends, and relationships with family are all challenged in these pages, and you'll come away from it looking at your own life a little more closely.

    This is one of those books that you finish but never leave behind-it's going to stick in your mind and heart forever.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Really great book!

    I enjoyed this book very much and I am on to the next one. A must read for teenage girls!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

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    Good story about growing up and growing spiritually. Life keeps throwing things at the characters and they struggle to define their realtionships and the lives they want to lead.

    The writing is a bit disjointed at times, with scenes changing mid chapter with no lead in or transitioning. It is distracting to the reader but not to the overall story. A free read worth your time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Omg i love this book!!!

    The characters are amazing the pain and joy in this book will have you on the edge of your seat. I couldnt put this book down to go to sleep. Every teenage girl should read this book because it could prevent a lot of boy trouble and growing up to fast. This is a must read. And a definite new yorks time best seller. Even if it wasnt free my money would have been worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Great Book!

    This was an amazing book. It was very easy to read, but it taught a very valuable lesson. It was very well written and it kept me guessing. I loved Skylar's personality and the way she veiwed things. She is the kind of girl that once she sets her mind to something, she does it, no matter what stands in her way. A must read! I would reccemend this for older teens because younger teens may not connect or understand it as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Authentic and real. I loved it!

    Me, Just Different was well-written, insightful, and impossible to put down. It's the real deal in that it's an authentic representation of some serious issues. I zipped right through it. There was one point in the story where I cried real tears. That, for me, is a great sign that I cared about the characters. I was so into the story world that I felt something strong enough to be sad over. But it wasn't a depressing sad. It was a healing sad. Sometimes when your life is falling apart, that's when you know who your real friends are. And I loved that in this story the hero doesn't give up but continues to be honest with Skylar. Sure, she hates it at first, but doesn't every woman really want to know the truth from someone you think is an enemy rather than being lied to and wounded by a so-called "friend?" I also adored the subplot involving her sister, Allie.

    This was a high-quality story which rang true to me. Don't many of us fear turning out like our parents when we are young? How about dating someone because you loved the idea of being with him and that all of the other girls wished they could be with him, and yet he wanted you. Wasn't that a heady, powerful feeling? What about avoiding a decent guy because he wasn't considered "cool enough" to be acceptable to your friends? Even worse than that, what about the stupid rule that says you can't date your friends' ex-boyfriends (I had a friend who did that when I was in high school. She'd tell me not to let my current boyfriend use me, so I'd be careful and then she would do the ultimate betrayal and have sex with him when I wasn't looking! At least I was smart enough not to "go there" but still... I know now that she wasn't a true friend, but at the time it felt good to hang out with someone beautiful like her.) But I digress...

    Bottom line, this book is awesome and hits on all of the important things that teens often deal with. However, I didn't feel like I had to be a teen to read it. You just have to remember feeling that way and most grown people remember their high school years. Sure, we'd like to forget a lot of the stuff we did. Like lying to our parents to sneak out of the house to see our boyfriends, for example. And going to parties and getting stupid drunk so that you put yourself in a vulnerable position with someone you may not even like. Anyway, I can't say enough good things about this book. It's a must-read as far as I'm concerned and it's making my best of 2009 fiction list.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Confuseing

    I was very confused the author didn't explain who anyone was except that girl and Eli

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    John

    Hey Skylar.Do you need some cheering up?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Sky

    Yes...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Sounds

    Sounds really boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    great book

    This a great book i think 12+ girls will enjoy. MUST READ!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Wow

    This book is so realistic. A must read.

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