I'm Not Her

I'm Not Her

by Janet Gurtler

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I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler

"For the first time in my life, I didn't feel envy..."

Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that's okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. But, the smiles of her picture perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn't hold it together, who will?

Janet Gurtler tests the bonds of sisterhood in this moving debut that readers of Jodi Picoult and Sarah Dessen will savor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402256370
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 532,243
File size: 793 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Janet Gurtler's work has appeared in magazines such as Today's Parent and Luxury Living Lifestyles. She now spends her time reading and writing edgy, meaningful books for and about teens. In 2007, she finished her first triathlon. She lives beside the Rocky Mountains with her son and husband in Calgary, Canada.

Janet Gurtler lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and son and a puppy blessed with cuteness rather than brains. Janet does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says "eh" a lot. Visit janetgurtler.blogspot.com.

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"Stories about teenage illness can easily slip into maudlin tear-jerkers. This one rises above that level because it focuses on Tess' ambivalence and strengths. Readers will be unable to look away from the unflinching descriptions of the chemotherapy and the surgery that Kristina endures, but Tess's struggles to connect with boys will lighten the tension and keep readers interested. The dialogue is up-to-date and so true to both teen awkwardness and rapier wit. Told in the first person, I'm Not Her moves along smartly and will easily hold the attention of the intended reader. Recommeded." - Canada Magazine

"An undeniably awesome debut... The characters were fabulously brought to life and what a captivating storyline. The voice. LOVE the voice! Love the humor. I couldn't get enough. It reminded me of a witty Jodi Picoult. Beautiful writing. Awesome voice = a must read." - Martha Ramirez Book Reviews

"This book was amazing and I felt like I was in the book, living the story. This book was indescribable. It was so good! ...I would defiantly read this book again and again. :)" - Love Romance Passion

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I'm Not Her 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 169 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This was a really powerful and emotional story, about love, family and discovering who you are. I'm not her addresses popularity and letting who you are shine. Tess breaks my heart, and I'm able to relate with how she feels and what she battles with. It's hard watching her learn about her friend, who her sister is to her, and discovering new things about what she once mocked. It's really eye-opening to see how cancer really effects the community and to see how even little things can make an impact. The family dynamics are well written and very believable. It's hard to read, but at the same time, I can see pieces of my family, my behaviors in each and it's hard to look down at all when you know where they are coming from. If you like emotional reads, contemporary, then I'd definitely recommend giving this a read.
valentines-salena More than 1 year ago
As i read this book, i smiled and i cried alittle bit. this is one of my favorite books i EVER read. Normally, i get books and takes me to read for 1 day with stopping few chapters for a break. but for this book, i couldn't put this book down at all! i read this book in 2hours! ahhh! my new record! i would recommend this book for people who loves to read, and read sad stories. it's worth it.
Pam Senek More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down. I cried. I smiled. The end is not something you see coming! Loved the book! I hope janet writess more! This is a must read. Its worth the money.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Sweet and well written. finished it in half a day. Very enjoyable
Balina More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I loved every minute reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried, i smiled, and was shocked. Overall its an amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im Not Her was single handedly one if tge best books I have ever read. Period. I would recomend to a teen audience. Im 13 years old and ibread this book last summer. Ever since then i couldn't stop thinking about how good it was. Like I said it was amazing and i would recomend it to anyone. The plot twists and climax points keep me one edge. And the bond between to sisters shows its powerful stength.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, some surprises in the plot, easy and quick to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is emotional and inspiring. Tess always envied her popular, sporty older sister until the worst thing happens. Cancer strikes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good And could bring tears to your eyes with this amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the theme of this book is about a teenage girl with cancer, it is also about a family deeply disfunctional and in denial. The mother is so concerned about aopearances that the younger sibling is even instructed not to tell anyone her sister has cancer, resulting in her having even more issues than usual at the high school they both attend. With a father who's basically checked out of the whole situation, and a mother who's more concerned with her daughter's ability to play vollyball than with her well- being, both sisters have to mature quickly to deal with the older sister's life threatening cancer.
BMartin More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I would recommend anyone to read it. I cried and smiled during the whole thing. I absolutely love this book and would read it over and over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was just enough emotion mixed with some boy action but not to worry there is not any detail except on kissing it is about a girl named tess who has a very popular sister and her sister ends up getting knee canser everyone struggles and some do not handle this well but you will have to read and find out what happens next i think that the author should write a book from the sisters point of veiw
Stella_rules More than 1 year ago
A few tears were shed but i loved it! after i read it i gave it to my best friend and she loved it to!! she had an experiance with cancer and could find it relatible in everyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book sooooo much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazingly haunting read. Brought me to tears with wonderful, loveable characters. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How 1 family can have so much disfunction when dealing with reality is amazing. Happily their 15 year old was there.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol go home and play with your dollies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the f*** is wrong with you!!!! You're an idiot!!! He is amazing!!! F*** YOU!!!!! Oh yeah and it was a good book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a 40 year old, I found this in my step-daughter's room and read it in one day. I couldn't put it down. Well developed and an easy read, I recoommend this book for tweens to elders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. A book that i couldnt put down. Showed the struggles of the whole family when a life changes drastically and unexpectedly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I just want to know why there is no sequel.