!!> PDF / Epub ☁ Waiting for Normal ✍ Author Leslie Connor – Varanus.us

Waiting for NormalSchool Library Journal Best Book ALA Notable Children S Book New York Public Library S One Hundred Titles For Reading And Sharing Chicago Public Library Best Of The Best Cooperative Children S Book Center Choice Connecticut Book Award Winner American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award WinnerThis Poignant And Joyful Novel Is Filled With Meaningful Moments And Emotional ResonanceAddie Is Waiting For Normal But Addie S Mother Has An All Or Nothing Approach To Life A Food Fiesta Or An Empty Pantry, Her Way Or No WayAddie S Mother Is Bipolar, And She Often Neglects Addie All Or Nothing Never Adds Up To Normal, And It Can T Bring Addie Home, Where She Wants To Be With Her Half Sisters And Her Stepfather But Addie Never Stops Hoping That One Day, Maybe, She Ll Find Normal A Heroine With Spunk And Spirit Offers An Inspiring Lesson In Perseverance And Hope First Rate Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

!!> PDF / Epub ☁ Waiting for Normal ✍ Author Leslie Connor – Varanus.us
  • Hardcover
  • 290 pages
  • Waiting for Normal
  • Leslie Connor
  • English
  • 01 February 2019
  • 0060890894

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  1. says:

    Once in a while a reviewer of children s books likes to sit down and reassess their occupation Here I am I am an adult and I review books for kids And most of the time I really enjoy it I just have a fabulous time reading all these children s books and then spouting off opinions about why you should or shouldn t hand em off to the youngsters But in the end I am still an adult and my opinion is that of someone over the age of 25 A lot of people in my position have a hard time separating th Once in a while a reviewer of children s books likes to sit down and reassess their occupation Here I am I am an adult and I review books for kids And most of the time I really enjoy it I just have a fabulous time reading all these children s books and then spouting off opinions about why you should or shouldn t hand em off to the youngsters But in the end I am still an adult and my opinion is that of someone over the age of 25 A lot of people in my position have a hard time separating their adult perspective from their knowledge of what kids like Am I blabbering on here Well, there s a reason for it Nine times out of ten, when I read a children s book that mucks with my mind, I don t review it Simple as that I think, Book hard Me no review Me watch Colbert Report instead, and that is that But I felt compelled to push through my natural malaise to review Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor This is partly because the book has been garnering pretty much universally stellar reviews The writing is strong, the characters interesting, and the plot tight My problem The audacity of hope, I guess This book is awash in it And so, I must pry my snide, callous, New York City sardonic self away from myself as a 12 year old child and let these two components of my reviewer self duke it out Say what you will about Addie, she doesn t let a little thing like the complete and total dissolution of her family unit get her down Addie s mom or Mommers and Addie s wonderful stepfather Dwight have just gotten divorced, and he is legally responsible for their children Addie, on the other hand, is biologically just her mom s kid so she s left to live with Mommers in a trailer in the middle of Schenectady that Dwight has provided Addie s always had a way of dealing with her mom s inconsistencies all her life, and now isn t any different With Mommers disappearing for days at a time, Addie concentrates on the things she can control Her flute playing, her hamster Piccolo, her friends at the corner convenience store, and getting to see her half sisters and Dwight whenever she can Yet as her sisters lives get increasingly better without her, Addie s own world becomesandunstable Strength of character is her best friend now and her eventual freedom will have to rely on danger What I m trying to figure out is why I originally resisted this title I think it may have something to do with the language that s surrounding the book Phrases like, one girl s giant spirit and will touch readers hearts Ew We live in a society where real honest emotion is far harder to find than crass commercialized Hallmark moments Plus I read so many books that try to take advantage of a reader s feeling by shamelessly tugging at the heartstrings like they were marionette lines Do that once too often and the strings get lank and loose Then Waiting for Normal comes by and it isn t flashy at all It s packaging keeps pronouncing in big shiny letters, A heartwarming gem , and the like, and badda bing, you re jaded before you ve even read a page What I would have preferred would have been to have received this book as a coverless, blurbless manuscript Just black words on white paper, because the power of Connor s writing doesn t lie in promising you a rollercoaster journey of the soul She s a good writer precisely because she is understated Look at her other books This is the woman who wrote the brave picture book tale, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel If you haven t read that book then you have a gap in your library Fill that gap In that story Connor s words are honed down to their pure essential core, telling a story without fluffy details and ridiculous razzmatazz And the same feeling shows up in this book, but in a different way Here, Connor s voice as Addie is what holds everything together Addie s not laugh out loud funny but she is wry, self deprecating, and the kind of person a kid would want to spend a whole book with Come for the tone, stay for the writing.There was one other obstacle to overcome before I declared the book a winner It has what can only be described as the most hope ridden child since Pollyanna herself A 21st Century Pollyanna for the masses, that s what Addie is But there s a difference between being hopeful and being blind or ignorant to the world s injustices Addie has faith in a way that, somehow, is never annoying Do you have any idea how hard that must be to write And what s , when the obligatory our heroine loses hope scene comes up, it s its own beast Some kids would stop eating, going to school, or seeing their friends Addie returns a flute, and somehow that carriesweight I mean, she s still a pretty unbelievably well adjusted kid, for all that s happened to her in her life For example, when she finds out that her beloved step dad is getting married to a wonderful woman and that he and her half siblings are going to be cheery, merry, and gay with this person, does she dislike the interloper or resent Dwight telling her this news No, instead she punches his arm lightly and says, Thanks for telling me everything, which is verging on the disbelievable If you can overcome your skepticism when this kind of thing happens, you ll have an easier time reading the book.Was some of it predictable Of course Because and this is what I, for some reason, have to keep reminding myself here this is a children s book and if you read a certain amount of them then elements are going to crop upthan once Addie s mother kept reminding me of negligent mom or pop characters in other books, but she certainly had a manic depressive style of her own And none of this is to say that I wasn t delighted to see some of my jaded assumptions just go higgledy piggledy out the window The rule in children s literary drama is that if the child with a bad housing situation receives a cute fluffy animal say, a guinea pig in Act One, then that same fluffy animal is going to die sometime in the next fifty pages I call this the Chinese Cinderella rule A rule that Connor wasn t afraid to use to ratchet up the tension without actually pulling the trigger.I would recommend reading the first chapter of this book it s only five pages in a children s literary course or a class on how to write for children as an example of showing, not telling Our slow realization that Addie s mother is selfish and self centered isn t crystal clear from page one All the same, you re getting hints of it It s like when you meet someone on the street and as the conversation continues you get that slow dawning sense that the person across from you is one Brady short of a Bunch That s what Ms Connor does She draws you into her characters so that your faith in them is reliant on where a scene goes from one moment to the next.Now I began this review by mentioning that an adult reviewer who talks about a book for kids should always remember that the intended audience is shockingly not twenty nine year old librarians So here s the million dollar question Are kids going to like this book And the answer is Darn tooting Darn tooting they will, because if nothing else Waiting for Normal is infinitely readable Here s why I think the book is going to work for the kiddies It s clocking in at 304 pages, but it reads zippy quick I didn t feel a lull or a gap in action at any point The drama is focused pretty squarely on the family situation, which means we don t have to have the rote scene where the best friend at school suddenly befriends the popular snob Also, my library often hosts a pack of sixth grade girls who only want one thing realistic girl books Finding titles for the tween set is always difficult because you don t want to hand them stuff that s too mature and you don t want babyish fare either Waiting for Normal is going to be perfect for all parties involved, and I cannot wait to get it into their hands.All right, I give in It s a good book Maybe even a great one, though I think it would take a rereading or two to know for sure Kids will dig it, adults obviously do already, and as a reader I d just like to say that if you or your kids aren t into heartwarming tales, I think you ll still enjoy this book It s definitely been bitten by the honesty bug A title that deserves attention.Ages 10 14


  2. says:

    I ve been hearing great things about this book, so perhaps my hopes were too high This book irked me in the same way as The Higher Power of Lucky did cutesy, too good to be true, innocent kids in hard knock lives just drive me nuts Addie is on the brink of puberty, has severe dyslexia, and lives with her unmedicated, bipolar mom in a trailer in a grim corner of Schenectady her two little sisters and loving stepdad have started a new life in the country, but her mom has custody of Addie But I ve been hearing great things about this book, so perhaps my hopes were too high This book irked me in the same way as The Higher Power of Lucky did cutesy, too good to be true, innocent kids in hard knock lives just drive me nuts Addie is on the brink of puberty, has severe dyslexia, and lives with her unmedicated, bipolar mom in a trailer in a grim corner of Schenectady her two little sisters and loving stepdad have started a new life in the country, but her mom has custody of Addie But thanks to Addie s unfailingly positive outlook, everything is bathed in sunshine she makes an instant BFF in her new school, gets a flute solo, and develops a deep friendship with the folks at the convenience store across the street The stuff of Newbery awards ensues the convenience store owner is fat and has cancer and her best friend is gay, both circumstances that allow the reader to appreciate just how nonjudgmental Addie is but also guarantee some tears near the end First of all, Addie and I or maybe the author and I started out on a bad note I was irritated from the first mention of Mommers on page one Mommers From then on, I couldn t believe her as a character Could any seventh grader in this situation be so naive, terminally cheerful and UN resourceful toast dinners notwithstanding She never considers putting aside money for Mommers s long absences it doesn t occur to her that letting her unreliable mother take care of her beloved hamster is a bad idea It s hard to respect a character who s sort of pathetic Then I felt guilty, because this is undeniably a terrible situation for a child to be in, and I think a good number of kid YA books propagate a dangerous myth that children in bad situations can and will cope without adult intervention But jeez, Addie, grow a backbone Make some smart decisions And please, Newbery committee, don t give this one the medal this year


  3. says:

    Sometimes books come along that hit us in that specific way, where we end the book feeling run over by a train This book is that for me I don t know if it s objectively the best book ever written, and I don t care either Addie lives with her neglectful mother in a trailer by the train tracks Her ex stepfather, Dwight, has been awarded custody of her two baby sisters, and she misses them with all her heart Addie is such a real character She s optimistic, but she s not unreasonable She know Sometimes books come along that hit us in that specific way, where we end the book feeling run over by a train This book is that for me I don t know if it s objectively the best book ever written, and I don t care either Addie lives with her neglectful mother in a trailer by the train tracks Her ex stepfather, Dwight, has been awarded custody of her two baby sisters, and she misses them with all her heart Addie is such a real character She s optimistic, but she s not unreasonable She knows what her situation is She s been forced to grow up too fast and she desperately yearns for a normal life Every character seems so real and sympathetic, even when they make mistakes Addie s mother is an incredibly flawed person, but she s not a villain I also loved seeinggood relationships between children and step parents which is still so rare in literature This book is so difficult to read, and yet it s so, so hopeful Even the ending of this book is perfect just the right amount of emotional catharsis, and yet ending with plenty of hope for Addie herself VERDICT This is my favorite children s book of all time maybe one of my favorite books of all time, too I cannot recommend it enough


  4. says:

    OMG, I know two people on Goodreads are going to yell at me for finishing this book but I really couldn t resist I seriously could not put this book down It was such a deep story, I m actually crying right now Seriously I love this author and I loved the book and it was so sad and so happy and so good and I loved it Everyone and I mean EVERYONE needs to read this book AHHHHHH


  5. says:

    This little gem of a novel will tug at your heartstrings Twelve year old Addie lives in a trailer in Schenectady, NY and her family is hard to follow like a road that keeps taking twists and turns Addie s mother divorced Addie s ex stepfather, Dwight, two years earlier and Dwight has custody of Addie s two half sisters Addie s real father died when she was young and her dad s dad, Grandio, lives nearby Sound like a modern day family or what Since Addie is not Dwight s birth child, she This little gem of a novel will tug at your heartstrings Twelve year old Addie lives in a trailer in Schenectady, NY and her family is hard to follow like a road that keeps taking twists and turns Addie s mother divorced Addie s ex stepfather, Dwight, two years earlier and Dwight has custody of Addie s two half sisters Addie s real father died when she was young and her dad s dad, Grandio, lives nearby Sound like a modern day family or what Since Addie is not Dwight s birth child, she lives with her mom At the opening of this novel they are moving into the trailer that Dwight has provided for them Addie quickly befriends the neighbors who run the minimart across the street and is accepted into the Stage Orchestra at school even though she can t read music.It doesn t take long for the reader to recognize that Addie s mother is bipolar though the word is never used in the book While there is no physical abuse, life gets complicated for Addie when her mom begins to leave her alone in the trailer for days at a time.This story deals with many big issues guilt, belonging, sickness, death, homosexuality, and neglect And on top of everything else, Addie has severe dyslexia But, the truly amazing thing about this book is the utter simplicity of the story Leslie Connor is a fantastic author who draws out her readers understanding of the characters simply through their actions Her writing is straightforward and sincere She has given Addie uncharacteristic optimism for a child in such sad circumstances Luckily, throughout the novel, the reader is acutely aware of the adults in Addie s life who are watching out for her even when Addie is not and, in the end, Addie realizes what it means to be cared for as every child deserves


  6. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Children s fiction realistic fiction ages 10 14 A moving story about 12 year old Addie s attempts to make the best of her new living situation as she and her dysfunctional mom she reminds me a lot of the mother in Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle move into a trailer following a divorce Addie makes friends quickly with the kids at school as well as with her neighbors at the the gas station convenience store across the street Soula, a woman fighting a losing battle with cancer, and Elliot Children s fiction realistic fiction ages 10 14 A moving story about 12 year old Addie s attempts to make the best of her new living situation as she and her dysfunctional mom she reminds me a lot of the mother in Jeannette Walls The Glass Castle move into a trailer following a divorce Addie makes friends quickly with the kids at school as well as with her neighbors at the the gas station convenience store across the street Soula, a woman fighting a losing battle with cancer, and Elliot, the man that helps Soula manage the store and also happens to be gay Though it wouldn t seem likely for Addie s mother to get a happy ending, the story closes on a hopeful note, with Addie eventually being adopted by her stepfather and taken back to live with her half sisters in the lovely country home they ve created with the stepdad s fiancee, and the mother receiving parenting lessons from the state she s pregnant again, and apparently the father to be is willing to stick with her despite being lied to, etc During the story Addie reaches several epiphanies, coming to terms with her dyslexia, her notion of heroism Soula, who in the end had to call social services, takes a big role here and normalcy which Addie defines as having enough stability in her home so that she doesn t have to wonder if her mother will be around this week or whether she ll have enough food left in the cupboards to feed herself


  7. says:

    It was refreshing to read Addie s story Too many protagonist her age seem I don t know unlikable, but Addie is different First of all I should say that I liked Addie to pieces I could only wish I could have been good of a kid as she is Addie always seem to be walking on eggshells even though she doesn t know it at first Her mom which she calls Mommers is an all or nothing person, which bring the both of them lots of problems At the beginning of the book we see her and her mom movin It was refreshing to read Addie s story Too many protagonist her age seem I don t know unlikable, but Addie is different First of all I should say that I liked Addie to pieces I could only wish I could have been good of a kid as she is Addie always seem to be walking on eggshells even though she doesn t know it at first Her mom which she calls Mommers is an all or nothing person, which bring the both of them lots of problems At the beginning of the book we see her and her mom moving into a small trailer that her stepfather Dwight is letting them live in Before all this happened she use to live in a house with her mom, Dwight who she really sees as her father since her biological father died when she was small and her half sisters Brynna and Katie Of course though, mistakes that her mother made changed all that.I was surprised by how resilient Addie is and how much support she has from the adults around her when her mother can t be there for her I can only hope that other kids in her situation have adults that care about them as much Addie is cared about She has Dwight, Grandio her grandfather from her biological father s side , Soula, Elliot, Rick, and Helen to help her grow through both the physical and emotional changes she has to deal with As the story progresses we come to learn that Addie has dyslexia, and I applaud her and how she deals with it I was glad to see a main character that wasn t automatically brilliant but had to work hard for what she gets The author did an excellent job of having you believe that Addie was a real 12 year old girl with these problems, and help you sympathize with what she is feeling I don t want to give the whole plot away but suffice to say that Addie does find her normal in the end


  8. says:

    But don t you think it s possible that every person is a hero to someone else Addie Schmeeter, Waiting for Normal, P 46 This book was well conceived and executed, and I liked it very much At times, there would be a line or two designed to really make the reader think in several short chapters in a row This is a distinguished contribution to literature It contains something for everyone Kudos The only bad thing about having a good time is when it s over Addie, P 56 Keep crossin But don t you think it s possible that every person is a hero to someone else Addie Schmeeter, Waiting for Normal, P 46 This book was well conceived and executed, and I liked it very much At times, there would be a line or two designed to really make the reader think in several short chapters in a row This is a distinguished contribution to literature It contains something for everyone Kudos The only bad thing about having a good time is when it s over Addie, P 56 Keep crossing bridges and poking your nose behind gates, Little Cookie It s a big, big world Soula, Waiting for Normal, P 274


  9. says:

    Wow Long after I forget key plot points and character names, I ll remember the visceral reaction I had to Waiting for Normal Leslie Connor really nails the feeling of a kid forced to grow up too fast and waiting for her family to somehow turn around and be ok If your childhood experience somehow fits this description, you will feel the authenticity on each page Addie s story felt devastating, spunky, familiar, and hopeful Devoured this in a few hours Seriously, wow.


  10. says:

    Whew Made it through without throwing my iPod through the windshield after hearing the word Mommers for the 89th time Didn t think the iPod would survive this audiobook.That said, I liked this audiobook, it s just that Mommers was making me insane My main gripe about the recording was that the narrator made Addie s voice sound too young for a 12 year old Just my opinion Now on to the story itself.Addie was quite likeable, but I wanted her to stand up for herselfI wanted her to Whew Made it through without throwing my iPod through the windshield after hearing the word Mommers for the 89th time Didn t think the iPod would survive this audiobook.That said, I liked this audiobook, it s just that Mommers was making me insane My main gripe about the recording was that the narrator made Addie s voice sound too young for a 12 year old Just my opinion Now on to the story itself.Addie was quite likeable, but I wanted her to stand up for herselfI wanted her to quit calling her mother Mommers , a cutesy nickname which represented Addie s cheerful approach to life I wanted her to get angry at Denise s neglect and call her Mother babyish nicknames left behind in the harsh realities of life Plus, I wanted Denise to grow up But we don t always get what we want This book surprised me several times I assumed it would be predictable in certain spots Example every time Addie went to Dwight s for a while and asked Mommers to watch Piccolo, I d say out loud, That hamster s gonna be dead when she gets back But he never was And I was genuinely surprised So I applaud Connor for not relying on that kind of dramatic sentiment Denise wasn t all bad Just ALMOST all Selfish, self centered, lazy I ll stop there When I was just beginning this book, I read a review written by a teacher, somewhere on goodreads I can t remember who wrote it, I just remember she said something like this glad to see a book that tells the story of so many of my students lives And so all the way through this book, I kept thinking, this is reality for a lot of kids, and that kept me listening and thinking about students in my school How many of them live with someone like Denise every day How many of them wear dirty clothes and have unwashed, uncombed hair because their parents don t care what happens to them, or even leave for days at a time How many of them act out at school because that s the only way they ve ever learned to behave If nothing else, I think Waiting for Normal will remind me to look into my students, not just at them, to try to hear their hearts louder than their words

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