You Look Different in Real Life (Hardcover)

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Meet Justine, one of the stars of a popular documentary called Five at Six. When Justine was five years old, she and four other classmates participated in a movie and they would be followed every five years until she is grown. Everyone thinks Justine should be thrilled that the time has come, but what they don’t understand is she feels she didn’t quite turn out the way she wanted to. With fake friends and real friends and mix in surviving high school, Justine is not looking too good in this version of the film. Filled with great moments and a real look into what is real on “reality TV.” Follow Justine and the other four as they try to figure out who they are and who those people in the movie are. A really great read.

— Rosa, New Jersey


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.

About the Author

Jennifer Castle's first novel, The Beginning of After, was named an American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and a Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Book. She wrote many unproduced movie and TV scripts before returning to her first love, fiction . . . but she's still hooked on film and the way we can find and tell our stories with images. She lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley.

Praise For…

“This provocative novel explores what makes observing strangers fumbling through life so addictively entertaining-and so eye-opening, too.”
— The Horn Book

“Although the story is told from Justine’s perspective, her four classmates are equally complex and interesting, with deep personal conflicts. Castle succeeds in providing suspense and drama as each character’s emotional baggage is unpacked on and off the screen.”
Publishers Weekly

“The five teens are well-rounded and interesting. Castle’s individual scenes shine.”
Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061985812
ISBN-10: 0061985813
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Pages: 368
Language: English