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Becca's life is anything but ordinary.

At fifteen, she's already experienced her share of pain. With a mom who drinks too much, a revolving door of father figures, and struggles at school, Becca wonders if she'll ever have a chance at a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane is her little sister, Chloe; that is, until her mother's breakdown leads to her sister's d
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Paperback, 237 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Pangram YA
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Mckenzie
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Pain is sometimes temporary. Sometimes it lasts a lifetime. The past can haunt for a night and then just as easily vanish in the day. It can hide for years and return when you least expect it. It can kill you, and it can save you." WOW!!!!! What an amazing book following a young girl who was forced to grow up quickly due to alcoholism in her family along with dealing with problems no 15 year old should. Amazing what someone so young can and will do for their family. Beautifully painted, yet bru ...more
Jessica Gilham
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all, thank you to the author, Lisa V Pires and Goodreads Giveaways for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I originally, right before the end of my exams started reading this in which I was absolutely loving it but unfortunately had to stop. Honestly it sucked, because I seriously was loving what I had read so far.
However as of today, I can say that I have finally finished this book and it literally blew my mind. I started it again and finished it within hours - pretty
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Sandra Stiles
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. I kept thinking that Becca could be any one of my students. The problem is I could name some of them who have been in a situation similar. As I was reading this story I thought back to two years ago when a student came and talked with me. She was extremely depressed. She lived with her aunt and her mom was trying to re-establish contact. She didn’t know how to feel about it. Her mom had been an alcoholic and a drug user. She and her younger sister, who was two years old, ...more
Lissa Wells
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received this arc from Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review! Heartbreaking and poignant! This book was painful to read in the sense that the way it was written , this could have been anyone’s family in today’s society. It still deserves a 5 star rating because it was so relatable and well written! Rebecca is 15 living with her mother and her revolving door of boyfriends and stepdads. Becca just wants to have me the typical teen age life of fun, going to school and being a kid.Becca's o ...more
Wendy Rinebold
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was given this as an audiobook for review.

I see a lot of 5 star reviews and I am really happy for this author. For me, this was not something I would read/listen to again. Courtney Parker, the narrator, did a fantastic job. My main problem was with the story. There were too many things that I felt were left unfinished. What was the point of Nick? He was a jerk and Becca was too nice to him. So he called the police when she almost died. Is that supposed to make him a hero? He was pathetic and I
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Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
A heartbreaking read. That is the only way I can describe this book. I am so glad to have read it. I started reading this book at 4am and rarely put it down until I was finished. Being a substitute teacher it made me think about some of the students I see on a regular basis and how you truly never know what is going on at home.

Becca is a high school student trying to pass her classes while raising her baby sister and trying to keep her family together. During a moment of anger she tells her mom
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Ann O'Nymos
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not an easy read. With the theme of a teenager having to handle an alcoholic mum and her endless releationships, fighting for her little stepsister and the looming doom of failing school, the author done a great job in writing this situation very realistic. Becca is not a heroic teenager who is a better mother than her own. She makes mistakes, lets her rage give way to her tongue.
But with all the history of her upbringing, her distrust in love, how can there be hope for her? We see her
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Sabrina
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I had the audiobook version of this book.
This was quite short and felt a bit more like a short story or novella. For that reason it started right into the story without a huge build up. Becca has so much to deal with, unsupportive parent figures and difficulties at school. But when her mum disappears with her little sister Chloe, she tries to fight back and fix her life. Through the book she gets stronger and learns to cope.
I felt a lot of sympathy for Becca and the things she goes through are h
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Gabby
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book hurt to read. It was very well written, making Becca’s pain and burdens of attempting to raise her toddler sister while attending school and, later, trying to find her mother and sister that much more real.

I really enjoyed this book. Some parts felt a little circular, like the monotony of Becca’s days trying to put forth the appearance of normalcy while looking for her mother and sister, but it’s not so bad that you lose interest.

I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review
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DJ
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Pain Less Ordinary is a brutally honesty story about the struggles of Becca's heartbreaking world. She's surrounded by stepfathers that come and go, a mother who degrades her regularly, then leaves her to fend for herself. The only family she really loves is her little sister but she's ripped from her life suddenly as well. A Pain Less Ordinary is a brutally honest portrayal of a teenagers worst nightmare. It was rare, real and beautiful. Not an easy read but a very important one.
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L.V. Pires is the author of several stories for young readers including EXTENSION, THE PORTRAIT, and SUMMER OF WINGED CREATURES.

She is a recipient of the Eileen Spinelli Award, a finalist in the Saturday's Child Press Fiction Contest, and a graduate of Spalding University's MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Visit her at https://www.lisavpires.com
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