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Waiting for Normal

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  10,484 Ratings  ·  1,278 Reviews
This poignant and joyful novel is filled with meaningful moments and emotional resonance.

Addie 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 way.

Addie’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
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Katherine Tegen Books
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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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Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Rana Heshmati
تو شهرکتاب تمومش کردم. نشسته بودم و همینطوری اشکام میریخت پایین، اول مثل بارون که قطره قطره میاد، روی شلوارم نقطه نقطه خیس شد، و بعد یه تیکه :))) واقعا احساساتم رو به غلیان درآورد... ...more
Melika Khoshnezhad
مدت ها بود با داستانی انقدر گریه نکرده بود. روی این کتاب نوشته رمان نوجوان، و من به دلیل خاصی خوندمش، یعنی اگه برای اون دلیل نبود حتا از وجود این کتاب با خبر هم نمی شدم. اما به نظر من این تقسیم بندی ها اشتباهه. رمان نوجوان یعنی چی؟ تنها چیزی که باعث میشه به همچین داستان بی نظیری بگیم رمان نوجوان اینه که داستان از زبان ادیسون 12 ساله گفته شده. اما به نظرم این دلیل اصلا قانع کننده نیست. اگه همین داستان رو دنیس، مادر ادی گفته بود، آیا کتاب رو جز رمان های بزرگسالان دسته بندی می کردن؟
تاثیرگذارترین کت
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
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
Marika Gillis
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
"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
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Brooke Shirts
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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?

Stephanie Anze
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars

Addie is a twelve-year-old girl that lives with "Mommers" (her mother) in a trailer. However, living with Mommers is a challenge as she has an all-or-nothing approach to life (either there is too much food or none-at-all type of situation). Its Addies step-father, Dwight that watches after her but from a distance as he lives farther away. Despite a tough upbringing, Addie holds onto an unshakeable optimism.

The target audience for this novel is kids ages 10-14 years old but its apt for e
Chloe J
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this amazing book about a young, hopeful girl girl named Addie living with her mom (mommers) in a small trailer. Addie's mom and step father are divorced but she knows her step dad (Dwight) as more of parent than mommers. Mommers always is gone on "work" trips for days at a time so Addie spends her time at the market across the street with Soula and Eli. Will Addie ever find normal?
This book made me feel sad, hopeful, and even excited at times. I really liked that whenever you thought i
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader for

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
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: courier, 2010, fiction, kid
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
Addie is a little too understanding and easy going for me, at the beginning I was a little annoyed with her actually. Her mom and stepdad are divorced, her step dad has custody of her younger half sisters but not her, her mom and her have to move into a a old trailer under a railroad pass and still Addie sees rainbows and sunshine everywhere. So not me at that age.

BUT then I kept reading and I understood Addie more and her backstory (HER MOM IS THE WORST BTW) and her sunny disposition started to
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

I have read this book more times than I can count. It makes me cry every time. It's such a touching story.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's about a girl named Addie. Her and her mom live in a trailer and don't really like it. Addie's mom leaves for days and days without coming back. One day day Addie goes to the mini mart close to the trailer and finds some friends. She also has to start at a new school knowing no one. Addie has two sisters and a step dad that live a few hours away. She loves visiting them.
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lina Ryadi
English 6 (1)
Good Reads #1

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
Sep 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Reagan Abshire
This book is very good not slow moving it goes at a perfect pace it is about this one girl in a very tense family situation her dad and mom have split up and she is going through many changes right now like going to a new school and living in a trailer with her mom who gets a job and works but does not come back for a couple days at a time but she makes many friends that help her along the way.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
این کتاب رو خیلی دوست داشتم. خوندنش رو بهتون پیشنهاد می کنم. گاهی کتاب های کودک و نوجوان فقط مختص کودک و نوجوان نیستند.
Nancy Kotkin
Stellar middle grade novel that focuses on the reality of having a mother with bipolar disorder. This book reveals an essential truth: Even kids in deplorable family situations can navigate their trailer-park lives, steering them into something better. Even those kids can blossom into people with inner strength and character, despite those traits not being available in their gene pool. Addie lives, and thrives, in these pages as proof of that truth. The choices she makes, and the reasons she has ...more
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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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