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Waiting for Normal

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  9,496 Ratings  ·  1,160 Reviews
Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie's mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can't bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day. In spite of life's twists and turns, Addie remains optim ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 5th 2008)
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Lashon Smiley-moseley It was an amazing story. I cried and laughed my all the way to the end in one sitting. Addie has a very strong spirit. I wonder how many of my…moreIt was an amazing story. I cried and laughed my all the way to the end in one sitting. Addie has a very strong spirit. I wonder how many of my students are living with Mommers. (less)
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Mar 10, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Claire Scott
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 ...more
Apr 13, 2009 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marika Gillis
Nov 24, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin
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 ...more
May 11, 2015 Ainsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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.
Feb 04, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was very cute and very positive. Addy has a ridiculous amount of positive energy and a great attitude about her tough life. The writing is fairly tight (amid some weak editing), and the story line itself does not have holes I have found in so many other YA books recently. Although I am not necessarily a huge fan of a happy story with a "happily ever after" ending, this story doesn't necessarily end happily ever after, but, it ends with a positive note. This book will definitely appeal ...more
Feb 05, 2009 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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Dec 21, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid, fiction, courier, 2010
Addie is a wonderful character. She's sweet, gregarious and funny, the bright star in what was a somewhat predictable but enjoyable book. Yes, I think anybody could probably predict the last ten pages of the book by reading the first ten, but the journey there is fun. The setting is cool - a tiny sixth-grader sized trailer across the street from a convenience store manned by adults who actually have a sense of humor - and the characters are... well, I guess gentle is the word I want to use here. ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Lina.Ryadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lina Ryadi
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Waiting for Normal is an exciting novel by Leslie Connor. The story takes in a trailer, where the main character Addie lives with her mother. The story began when her mother met a guy named Pete they worked together and she kept Addie at home on her own everyday for more than a week. A problem arose when she was on her own and she left a pan for a few days in the kitchen and then a fire started and the whole trailer got burned to dust. The first thing she had
Brooke Shirts
A sweet story of enduring hardships and crazy family with endless optimism. Little Addie has apparently hit bottom: her flake's-flake of a mother lost everything in the divorce except Addie. They now live in a junky trailer underneath a train overpass in Schnectady. Mommers surfs the Web all day, relies on Addie for cooking and cleaning, and takes off whenever she feels like it. Addie misses her responsible, loving ex-stepfather and his two daughters. Will Addie be able to find "normal" again?

Mar 02, 2009 Donalyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 09, 2008 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is a copy, with the HTML restored as much as possible, of my A Fuse #8 Production, which is well worth reading. I have only two things I'd love to chat about with Fuse: one is the description of Addie's mother as a 'selfish, self-centered nutjob'. I know what she means, but still. The other is a slight spoiler, so stop now if you don't want to read it. I doubt it'll be a huge surprise, though you may hope against hope, as I did, that it wouldn't happen. The pet doesn't get it, which is deli ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Addie has never had a normal life.

It's an impossible feat when she lives with a woman like her mother, who is either extremely happy or extremely sad. They either have what they need to survive, or they don't. But Addie tries to not let these extremes get to her too much. She still dreams of a place where everything's normal and she has a safe home.

Now if only she can hold on to that dream.

Connor's wonderfully poignant and eye-opening nove
Sep 25, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on audio and the recording was excellent. Addie keeps waiting for her family to return to "normal" but the reader realizes quickly that this is unlikely to happen. After her mother and stepfather divorce, Addie's little sisters go with Dwight while she and her mother set up housekeeping in a beatup trailer across from the minimart. Addie's mom is "all or nothing" and after she finds a new boyfriend the "nothing" means that she leaves 12 year-old Addie on her own for days ...more
Maddie Adolph
Waiting For Normal
Leslie Connor
Waiting For Normal is about a twelve year old girl named Addie Schmeeter. Addie's life has been a roller coster for the past couple of years with many ups and downs, not only did her dad pass away when she was three, but now her step father, Dwight and her bipolar mother, Mommers are getting a divorce and Mommers insists on Dwight leaving the house. Her mom being bipolar, leaves for a couple of days leaving Addie and her two other sisters alone without notice, once
Oct 26, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 520realisticfic
Waiting for Normal is a heartbreaking and uplifting tale. Addie is a 6th grade girl who is living in a trailer with her mother, Mommers. Dwight, her stepdad, has custody of her half-sisters, and they have moved away for Dwight's work, leaving Addie to deal with her mother alone. Addie's mother is wonderful at times, and then awful, glued to the computer, ignoring Addie, at others. Addie refers to her mother as an "all or nothing" person. Her mother will leave her alone for days at a time, but Ad ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Kami rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
- This book okay. I'm glad I read it for book club, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again.

- A lot of it was slow and boring. This is more of a character driven story, and I really wasn't invested in any of the characters, except maybe Addie.

- I felt bad for Addie. I felt bad for her situation, and I wanted a better environment for her. She had a lot of people to help her and love her though. She wasn't completely alone or isolated. Not every child like Addie has that much support. The teacher
Roya Fourstar
این داستان هم تلخ و گزنده است و هم زیبا و صمیمی و جذاب. چیزی مثل زندگی. ماجرای دختری دوازده سیزده ساله بهنام ادیسون که دنبال کردنِ خانواده و زندگیاش مثل عبور از جادهای پرپیچوخم است.
داستانِ ادی از جایی شروع میشود که با مادرش، مومرز، برای زندگی در یک کاراوان کوچکِ ششقدمی به ناتاستریت میآیند. محلهای که ادی تنها دختربچهی آنجاست.
ادی انتظار دارد جلو کاراوان یک قطعهی چمنکاری شده باشد با فرفرهای بزرگ و نردههای سفید و مجسمههایی از آدمهای کوتوله، ولی وقتی آنجا را میبیند جا میخورد. چطور؟ بهجای چمنزار سبز و
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Nov 08, 2015 michelle pham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bob

So, this book was seriously so cute.
As I was reading the book, I could easily feel how Addie was feeling.
Every scene was poignant and I loved every part of it.

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Sixth grader Addison had a taste of “normal” while her mother and step-father Dwight were married. She even had two younger half sisters to share her life with. But after the divorce, Dwight got custody of her two half sisters and Addie began a new and different life with “Mommers”.

Addie’s mom sleeps most of the day and then leaves Addie alone at night to “go out” or follow her “business interests” with a new boyfriend. It isn’t that Mommers doesn’t love Addie, it’s that she doesn’t take care of
Linda Lipko
Feb 09, 2013 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normal as defined by 12 year old Addie is something or someone you can count on.

This is a heart breaking story of a spunky, loving child who is forced to take care of herself. As she notes, her mother is either all the way or not any way. It is an all or nothing lifestyle and too soon, at a very young age, Addie Schmeeter learned that increasingly the parenting style of her mother is nothing.

Having multiple children that she cannot raise, self centered and emotionally abusive, Addie's mother fli
Apr 27, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that will tug on your heartstrings. It is a tale that deals with many heartrending and (unfortunatly) current issues; dysfunctional families, neglect, learning disabilities, mental illness, death/cancer, homosexuality, and puberty. But they are dealt with in such a way that you don't come away feeling depressed. Twelve year old Addie doesn't even realize how bad she has it, she just deals with her life in the amazing way children have of adapting/compensating to less than ideal s ...more
Brittney Musick
When I first picked up this book, I felt a bit reluctant because the protagonist, Addie, is a little younger than I typically like to read, but I picked this book up soon after finishing So B. It by Sarah Weeks, which also had a young protagonist, so this sort of fit my mood. However, I think, regardless, I would have enjoyed Waiting For Normal.

Addie is a very likable character. She's not perfect, but she's strong and she tries hard. In some ways, she's mature for her age while at the same time
Jun 30, 2009 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween, middle-grade
It's another one of those bittersweet coming-of-age books for tweens/early-teens that makes your heart ache. Addie is a smart and extremely optimistic 12-year-old girl, but she's stuck in an awful situation, and she's not yet old enough to direct her feelings of abandonment and frustration towards her grossly-neglectful (and clearly bipolar) mother. Addie's such a sweet and positive protagonist, making friends wherever she goes and always making the best of her situation, whether it's being left ...more
N_patricia Brunner
Waiting for Normal is an inspiring contemporary realistic fiction novel about a twelve-year-old female who is neglected by their mother and seeks support from her stepfather and other caring adults within her community. I listened to the audio version of this book in NON-PRINT. The young protagonist narrates the story and the audio enhances and helps to develop the characters and the plot.

Addie is the young protagonist who lives with Mommers in a trailer in Schenectady after her loving stepfath
Mar 13, 2012 06rachely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for Normal is such a amazing book! It was really interesting. I have picked this book up before. Because the cover looked really familiar. But never actually read it. While I was at the Library I needed something to read. I was not sure how this book was going to be. But it was really good.

The main character is Addie. Addie lives with her mom. Her mom is an "all or nothing" kind of lady. She will leave for days at a time leaving Addie to fend for herself. She calls her mom, Mommers. Momm
Oct 21, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was such a heartwarming story! At first, I was pretty bored cause I'm in 9th grade and she's in 6th grade and our worlds are different, hers being more innocent. But as I kept on reading I realized I could not put it down. The first around 90 pages were a bit of a hassle, because it was still kind of explaining stuff, but after that I kept on wanting to know what was happening with her, her mother, her friends, her family, everything!

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 herself more. I wanted her to
April Hochstrasser
Addie and her mother move to a little trailer on a busy city corner. The mother apparently has bi-polar disorder and often leaves Addie alone for days on end.

Addie is unaware of how great a kid she is and that things are not her fault. She just tries to do her best. I was sad when she replaced the macaroni and cheese with thumb tacks, so that if grandpa came by and looked in her cupboards, it would look like whe had some food. In a way, she enables her mother, but she is only 11. She befriends
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My life began suddenly (you can even ask my mother) in an antique farmhouse outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I was born right on the family room floor ~ no time to get to the hospital! I swear, I’ve been in a hurry ever since.

When I was in fourth grade we moved to a neighborhood full of kids outside of Schenectady, New York. My Dad worked for a company that sold some of the fi
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