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Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
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Aug 15, 08

bookshelves: ya-fiction-girly, anyone-fiction
Read in January, 2007

This book is about triumph. It's main character, a middle-school girl, doesn't read as young as the author intends, but her age is immaterial to the story. Basically, she has to become her own parent when her bipolar mother repeatedly goes off the deep end. Instead of having a "poor me" attitude, though, she holds onto her pride and her intelligence and goes on to triumph. I like the way the author structures the story so that there's always as much to gain as there is to lose, and everyone in the story - including the adults - is flawed in a very real and believable way. You forgive them, though, because they are all doing their best. We all do that in real life, too, and I love to read characters whose lives unfold in such a way that they feel inevitable and true. This one is well worth a read.
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