Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

In YA Book Reviews on June 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Some books are plot driven, but this book is more character-based. And there are some definite characters in this book – Addie, Mommers, and the quirky people who run the minimart across the street. Addie’s family life has never been what she would call “normal”. Her mom is unreliable, all or nothing, excited about a new business venture one day, chain smoking in front of the TV the next. And sometimes Mommers leaves for days at a time. Addie’s ex-step-father Dwight looks out for her as best he can. He lives with her two half-sisters in another town and though Addie loves him and he loves her, he can’t get custody because he’s not blood related.

Addie manages to cope fairly well and has the most amazing positive attitude. She’s learned to cook with whatever groceries Mommers leaves for her, dividing up the food to stretch it as long as possible. Although she has dyslexia, she works hard at her school work and her music. She keeps a vocabulary notebook, yet seems to think that she doesn’t have the “Love of Learning”. But as long as Addie can remember, she’s just been getting by, taking each day as it comes… and always, always waiting for normal. She’s tenacious and full of life, despite the obstacles in her path. For those looking to read a book with a main character you’ll love to get to know and a handful of interesting secondary characters, this book entirely fits the bill.


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