July 5, 2010

Waiting for Normal - by Leslie Connor

This is the story of a 12-year-old girl trying to find her place in the world, when all around her is getting crazy. There's her house, which is a trailer sitting on the corner of a busy city intersection right underneath a train bridge.  There's her flute, which seems to be stolen.  Her best friend, a middle-age woman who runs a gas station and has cancer. But then there's her mom, who has some problems, including a bad habit of leaving her daughter alone for days on end.  Yes, life is pretty bad for Addie, but does it have to get worse before it can get better?

Waiting for Normal is a sad book, but it's also a happy book.  A lot of things happen that are hard to read about, but there are a number of characters who are strong, brave, and able to find goodness in tough times.  There is love, but there is also loss.  Joy, but also sorrow.  Don't read this book if you want a good laugh, or an adventure story.  Read it if you love a good story, unforgettable characters, feeling emotional about a book, and happy endings.  

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